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. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  2. Experimental dye with food and garden waste
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore, experiment and develop interesting colour palettes using a variety of natural dyes from common food and garden waste in natural fabrics. Learn bundle dyeing and botanical print techniques to create your personal dye swatchbook to record your natural dyeing results for future use.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Start oil painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the sensuous and vibrant medium of oil paint. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way for beginners to start oil painting.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  4. Beginners photography
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the basics of photography and some essential beginners techniques in this new online course that is guranteed to help you improve your photographs skills and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition and light that will take your photographs to a new level. Find out key information about taking pictures in different environments and what is really takes to become a photographer. This course is perfect for complete beginners looking to learn new skills.



    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. Start watercolour painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from observation.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  6. Get skills in: botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Experimental filmaking: stage 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is designed for those who have some previous experience in film in a fine art context or for those who have attended an experimental filmmaking course before.



    During the course, you will push the boundaries of mainstream cinema and experiment with various techniques to express your artistic vision.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    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.



    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 £91.00
  9. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.



    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
  10. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.



    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 £91.00
  11. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!



    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 £73.00
  12. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022

    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.



    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 £91.00
  13. Get skills in: oil painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    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 £91.00
  14. Create a short film in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced introduction to film making.



    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 £91.00
  15. Explore your creativity
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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