Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. London christmas lights: photography walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    This single session evening course consists of an accompanied walk around the West End’s Christmas lights. You’ll visit and photograph the Christmas lights on Regent Street and Piccadilly, Oxford Street or Seven Dials and Covent Garden.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Collage and mixed media: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  4. Screenprinting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen-printing process, aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of silk screen prints using a variety of techniques.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting using acrylic paints. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  7. Developing photography skills
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Pottery: evening course
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Spence
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We will also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  9. Painting 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  10. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  11. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  12. Art and Ideas: Time and Memory
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    This course if for students and creative practitioners interested in memory as a creative and conceptual theme. Explore and discuss ideas, theories and work by significant artists and writers to enhance and inspire the development of creative work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £111.00
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  13. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    A weekly, concentrated life-drawing session for learners studying on any of City Lit's advanced visual arts courses.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
  14. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  15. Jewellery: design lab
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? Join our interactive jewellery design lab to perfect your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches. Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top-quality pieces.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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