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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.



    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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Try it out: garden design
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  3. Friday lates: The painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This Friday evening art history session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.



    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
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Friday lates: art and alchemy: from the ancient to today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.



    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
  6. Friday lates: Lubaina Himid – longing and belonging
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This Friday evening art history course spotlights the work of artist Lubaina Himid, coinciding with a major retrospective of her work at Tate Modern from 25 November 2021 to 3 July 2022.



    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
  7. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.



    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
  8. Friday lates: psychogeography: the art of getting lost
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art.



    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
  9. Friday lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).



    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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Friday lates: the art of zines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.



    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
  11. Looking at artists: landscapes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  12. London's smaller galleries: Leighton House
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.



    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 £15.00 Concession £12.00
  13. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  14. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Join us for a sketchbook walk in Central London to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing we will be examining our experience and opening up to the magic and surprises that an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  15. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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