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. Photography portfolio projects: Block A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  2. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Get skills in: colour mixing for skin tone painting
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Foreign artists in London: Renaissance to Baroque
    Course Date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Trace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School?

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
  5. A short introduction to Rhino
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is designed to introduce Rhino software as a tool for designing for 3D Printing, taking you through the basic commands, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate 3D prints.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Laser cut stencils for printed textiles
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to make your own seals and stamps using the process of laser cutting for block printing. Test and develop drawing skills to etch ideas onto wood and rubber, enabling an understanding of digital design. Suitable for users with some knowledge of print and have used Photoshop and Illustrator before wanting to make their own unique stamps.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the Reformation
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online



    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
  8. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to sue a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  9. Branding and visual identity in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.

    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    An introductory course to low light photography. In the first week we take advantage of a slightly longer twilight to photograph city scenes from Waterloo Bridge, then explore this theme at Tower Bridge and street scenes near the college. You will get the opportunity to experiment with light painting and long exposure techniques. The final session will involve some location shooting and then a brief introduction to selecting colour balance and making basic exposure adjustments in Lightroom. The course will conclude with a review of equipment needed for you to continue your creative path into low light level photography. Image - Dennis Jeffrey.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Photography portfolio projects: Block B
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  13. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course 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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    Course Date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. 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
  15. An Introduction to Medieval art and architecture
    Course Date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.

    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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