Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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  1. Book conservation for beginners II

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  2. Mindfulness photography course

    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mindful Photography takes two disciplines and combines them to create a unique and inspiring

    course to help promote wellbeing, develop ways of seeing, improve your photography skills and

    increase your self-confidence.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Children's book illustration: intensive

    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intensive course to develop your imagination as well as your illustration and narrative skills. This course is suitable for all levels and is ideal if you wish to develop your own personal children's book project. Invaluable for developing your illustration portfolio or possible competition entries.
    Full fee: £679.00
    Senior fee: £679.00
    Concession: £414.00

  4. Watercolour: life painting for beginners

    Watercolour: life painting for beginners

    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will give you all the basic techniques needed to start painting from the life model using watercolour with its wonderful qualities of light and fluidity.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Intermediate jewellery II

    Intermediate jewellery II

    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you taken a beginners course and are looking to progress your jewellery making? Develop and refine your design and making skills through guided projects applying a range of precision skills to create metal jewellery. Intermediate jewellery II focuses on building the technical skills used in chain-making, catches and brooch fittings.
    Full fee: £419.00
    Senior fee: £335.00
    Concession: £256.00

  6. Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian portrait of Charles I, 1637-38,National Gallery - via Wikimedia Commons

    Worldly goods: art and power in the age of kings

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join our Friday Lates in London museums and galleries to explore the motivations of the great, the ruled and the rulers in this 8-session art history evening course. Max 16 places.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Friday lates: Paula Rego: memories of childhood

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. Introduction to laser cutting for paper and fabric

    Introduction to laser cutting for paper and fabric

    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short introductory course in laser cutting, ideal for beginners or anyone wishing to add innovation to his or her own creative projects. You will learn simple software techniques using Adobe Illustrator to convert your design ideas into a variety of laser cut samples and small personal projects.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Botanical illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  11. Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reclaim your old fabrics and breathe new life into unused clothing by exploring textile surface manipulation techniques and print methods including the Japanese Boro Boro technique.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Laser engraving and woodcut

    Laser engraving and woodcut

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a digital file which is used to laser-cut /engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks. On Day 2 You will print these using traditional and experimental methods by hand and using a press, to create a small edition of prints. This course combines digital and traditional processes to offer a new take on a woodcut technique much favoured by Edvard Munch, in which an image on a woodblock is jig- sawed into separate pieces that are inked separately using different colours.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  13. Focus on: art and medicine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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?
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Photoshop for printmaking

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo-plate lithography all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This course has been developed to provide an introduction to the Photoshop techniques required in order to prepare imagery for these printmaking processes.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  15. Mark Roman

    Photography workshop: photographing light

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to improve your confidence in photographing at night? Join our fascinating workshop exploring locations in the city that change dramatically from daylight to darkness. Learn essential techniques to capture light effectively, go out on location in daylight then return later to shoot as natural light turns to artificial, creating beautifully atmospheric images.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

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