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.

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 27 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Ilett
    Learn the traditional techniques of repousse (pushed metal) and fold forming. You will learn the basics of the traditional method of creating a raised design or pattern using punches and hammers to form flat sheet and explore the use of single and multiple folds in sheet metal to help you create your own 3-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be on experimentation of the demonstrated techniques with copper, as the organic processes create a wide variety of unique results.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  2. Introduction to screenprinting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  3. Design your own garden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Transform your garden and learn design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. On this online course you will discover how to understand your site and explore practical design solutions and tips on choosing the right materials and plants for your garden.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  4. A short introduction to model animation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever. On this short practical course you will learn how to create and animate engaging and effective puppets and create an exciting short animated sequence for your showreel.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  5. 3D animation with Blender for beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    In this beginners online course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Adobe Illustrator for jewellery design
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This course is designed to introduce Adobe Illustrator as a tool for jewellery design and making. It will take you through the basic tools, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate universal drawings for presentation and manufacture.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  7. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  8. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Sculpture: personal project
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Realise your personal project in 3D. Come with an idea and you will be supported through your making to a final



    piece. Learn how to structure your idea from inspiration to reality. Ideal for students with previous experience or



    students who may need extra workshop time and guidance to complete a project.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  10. Drawing: focus on abstract approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Jewellery: polishing and finishing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Learn to apply different finishes like textures to your jewellery, and refine your polishing techniques on this evening workshop. Create a set of samples, or bring along your own pieces and learn how to prepare your pieces and use the appropriate polishing cloths and compounds to achieve your desired results.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  12. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.



    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 £97.00
  13. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  14. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    The ideal follow-on for those who have done 'Introduction to etching' and would like to go deeper into the techniques and processes of etching. This course will consolidate your existing skills, introduce you to more complex etching processes and help you to find and develop your subject matter in this medium.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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