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. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. Each morning there will be guided meditation to enable us to settle the mind and become quietly aware of our senses.

    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
  2. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 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.

    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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  3. A short introduction to painting in oils
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn all the techniques required for a full palette oil painting using just one colour and white, learn palette layout and organisation, how to hold and use brushes, how to apply paint to canvas and pigment properties.

    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
  4. Making a mini protest banner
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will give you an insight into the history of textile protest banners and teach you techniques to make your own mini banner in stitch.

    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
  5. Garden design: small spaces
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Make the most of your small garden and learn design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. Discover how to understand your site and explore practical design solutions and tips on choosing the right materials and plants for your garden.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  6. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  7. Landscape in art
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Can a depiction of a landscape ever simply be JUST a landscape? Or is it a view onto a wider world, is there a context or, in the words of David Hockney, a “bigger picture?”.

    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 £79.00 Concession £60.00
  8. Children's book illustration: advanced practice
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration 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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £243.00
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  9. Develop your filmmaking
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Looking for an opportunity to build on your previous film making and editing experiences? Want to develop your learning further, develop your experience and projects or simply have some further guidance? Then this class is for you.

    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 £419.00 Senior fee £335.00 Concession £210.00
  10. Art in South and Central America
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the art of South America from the great indigenous empires through the impact of colonialism and the cultural revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    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
  11. Discover moving image at City Lit: What moves you?
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Film maker and animator Litza Jansz introduces you to the world of film making at City Lit. Explore the different genres and approaches to film making and animation and find out which kind of film making moves you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  12. Textiles: natural dyeing with bio-materials and kitchen waste
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore plant materials that are in your locality as a sustainable and safe method of dyeing fabric at home. Use bio-waste from kitchen peelings and leaves, or environmentally foraged plants, to produce colour-rich textiles.

    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
  13. City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples , a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.

    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £250.00
  14. Art is for now: temporary and situation-specific creative practice
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Conventional notions of artworks as physical objects, which imply considerations of authorship, ownership and the spectator, are opposed in many senses by artworks and practices that are predicated on impermanence, or which subvert expectations due to the location or context in which they are encountered. This professional practice workshop is an opportunity, through a combination of presentation, and the participatory exchange of ideas and perspectives, to consider alternative modes of practice, and the possibilities presented by art that is made in, and for, the moment. We examine different interpretations of the word ‘temporary’, including concepts of relative duration, the ephemeral, and man-made demarcations, and look at specific examples of work by artists including Fluxus, Beuys, Kaprow, Collective Actions, Brugera, Marina, Goldsworthy and Tempest. We also consider our own work and ideas in relation to a range of concepts and examples of practice in which the ‘product’ is not necessarily an ‘art object’, which prioritise the act or event over what we might call the output, or in which impermanence or mutability are significant factors. These include; Merz; auto-destructive art; actions and events; sound sculpture; performance; land art.

    The workshop begins with some participatory exercises, and it will be helpful to have a small selection of drawing implements to hand, and a selection of materials of your choosing (eg: paper, card, cardboard boxes, tape, ruler, string or wire, a cutting mat or hardboard…).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Spanish art: in the age of Picasso, Miro and Dali 1885-1936
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Reflecting a 'silver age' of literature, art in Spain before the Civil war encompasses the modernist genius of Picasso, Juan Gris and Miró; the surrealism of Dalí and the late Impressionism of Joaquín Sorolla.

    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

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