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. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  2. Introduction to painting skin tones in 3 colours
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mixing skin tones can be an incredibly difficult challenge and for many it can present a range of technical issues and problem dolving. This short online course will introduce you to approaches in building and developing life like skins tones using a limited paint palette. Guided by live artist demonstrations, you will simplify the problem and so develop an easy and logical approach to painting skin tones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  3. Painting workshop: skin tone colour mixing
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  4. Introduction to stretching and priming a canvas
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  5. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £115.00
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  6. Life drawing online: exploring the figure
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the great potential of drawing the life model via Zoom. Working from a variety of interesting models and dynamic poses, the course will explore the placement of a figure in space using line, tone and composition including foreshortening. Poses will range in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours to enable a wide range of drawing. Perfect for beginners or anyone wishing to try the new experience of drawing online.

    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 £80.00
  7. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography: part 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Part 2 of our Adobe Lightroom Classic online workshop will help move your photography and creative practice into a real professional level. Building off of part 1, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic’s advanced image developing and correction features to refine elements within your photographs and images. Discover how to create your own personal pre-sets to speed up your work and optimise your input and output.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  9. Beginners photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 4 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  10. Felt making: structural surfaces and 3D techniques
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate a number of techniques including pleats, pockets, pouches and ‘nuno’; creating surface texture with fabric. You will produce a range of experimental samples and have the opportunity to work towards a finished piece.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  11. Art in Britain 1918-1945 - The Interwar years and WWII
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of British modern artists and their relationship to the art of continental Europe 1918–1950. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Screenprinting workshop: intermediate
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your screen-printing further in this weekly taught workshop where you will can improve on techniques, develop personal projects and professional practice too.for intermediate or those with experience of screenprinting.

    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 £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £286.00
  13. Friday lates: art, war and creativity
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Delve into the creative humanity of artists working during the Blitz; from Henry Moore and Lee Miller to the dozens of government-employed ‘war-artists’, we explore the insight of artistic expression in war.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  14. Experimental screenprinting
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
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  15. Portraits 2
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture further and build your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00

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