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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

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

Many 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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Japanese woodcut printmaking: developing next steps
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This Japanese Woodcut class is designed for students who have completed an introductory course. Alongside exploring techniques such as hanshita and betazurie (details below) it allows for students with experience in mokuhanga to develop their own skills in greater depth’.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Hand marbled paper
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  4. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included. Image - Harriet Lynas.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. It's time: Children's book illustration projects open event
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Children’s Book illustration projects course? Hosted by Dee Shulman - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This creative course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create motifs and tiles from your own artwork and images. You will be taught step-by-step instructions on how to digitally design and develop textiles using Adobe tools. You will be guided using the software tools learning scanning and editing possibilities, developing a body of drawings. Exploring scale, composition, design development, and pattern



    structure. In the last sessions, we will return to the studio to print onto fabric and paper.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00
  9. Russian Art: from the Revolution to Putin's Presidency
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study the developments in Russian art from the 1917 Revolution to the present day in this weekend art history course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  10. The design brief
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  11. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - 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. Image - Andrea Irmeni.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  12. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses. Image - Alice Danger.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  13. Graphic design for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  14. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour 1.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  15. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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