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. 50 drawings in a day
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  2. Setting up a simple home photography studio
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ever wondered how to set up a simple home photography studio? On this short course you will learn key tips and what you will need to buy, so you can take better photographs on your camera or smart phone of items such as jewellery or small products, for Instagram or your website. This is a live online course. You will need:



    - A stable internet connection. The classes work best with the Chrome web browser.



    - A computer with a speaker (or headphones) microphone and camera (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet.



    We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

    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 £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Drawing and mindfulness: one day workshop
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (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. Each one-day workshop will take a mindfulness theme which we will explore through a range of guided drawing approaches to stimulate new directions and help you to integrate mindfulness into drawing. Suitable for beginners to mindfulness as well as those with some experience who wish to explore the two disciplines or integrate mindfulness into drawing. Some drawing experience is helpful.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  4. Food and product photography skills
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Food blogs are the most popular form of online publishing. Learn how to take professional looking mouth watering photographs to attract even greater audiences to your blog, Learn the essential techniques of food photography from equipment to composition, exposure, lighting and successful propping.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.

    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
  6. Focus on: art and medicine
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From the Classical World to the Contemporary, what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?

    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
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  7. Focus on: modern design
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study the dominant design aesthetic of the twentieth century, considering its development, successes and failures. Movements will include Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus and Purism. Design practices will include graphics, furniture and architecture.

    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
  8. Editing tips and tricks
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An intense and compact session introducing you to some editing essentials that will speed up your process and leave you feeling more confident in your own skills using Premiere Pro.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Life drawing in a day
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Focus on: 19th-century fashion
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the relationship between nineteenth-century society, from the Napoleonic era to the suffrage movement, and men’s and women’s fashions which witnessed constant change, restrictions, extremes and the start of the dress reform movement.

    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
  11. Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the trade of rubies, sapphires and emeralds, different types of these precious stones on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Focus on: Mughal court fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress.

    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
  13. Focus on: 20th-century fashion
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the ever-changing statement of identity that was twentieth-century fashion through the study of key designers and significant social and political events that shaped the clothes we wore.

    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
  14. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.

    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  15. Focus on: fashion in 16th century art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you know your codpiece from your farthingale? Why did the ruff become so fashionable? How do we identify figures in narrative and religious art? This short course explores the fascinating world of costume in 16th century European painting. Explore the socio-political context behind portraiture, how fashion was employed to convey status, and the impact of developments in textiles and trade.

    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

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