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. What makes a masterpiece
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?

    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 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. How to draw: a complete course for beginners
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00
  3. Introduction to fashion illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this exciting new online course, you will be introduced to every aspect of fashion illustration. You’ll learn a wide range of drawing and painting techniques that will unlock your imagination and creativity. If you are interested in fashion illustration and would like to explore the subject further, you be introduced to a range of new and exciting approaches. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00
  4. Animal forms in ceramics
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 12 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun exploring the possibilities of designing small scale animal forms in clay. Slab and hand building will be taught along with tooling techniques to bring your figures to life. Some experience with clay is beneficial.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  5. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 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.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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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    90% of 100
  6. Experimental screen printing for textiles
    Course Date:  Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop painterly approaches to textile screen printing from the comfort of your home. Use open screen techniques, monoprinting, and direct painting on to screen and cloth with dyes. Imaginatively explore dye and pigment, mark, colour, texture and surface.

    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  7. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  8. 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
  9. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.

    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
  10. 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
  11. 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
    Rating:
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  12. 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
  13. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
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  14. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 25 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.

    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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    100% of 100
  15. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.

    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 £769.00 Senior fee £615.00 Concession £469.00

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