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!

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Introduction to colour theory for artists

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Preparing digital images for printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho 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.

    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: £48.00

  3. Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to work with beads, wire, thread and findings. Make your own necklace and bracelets designs. Explore contemporary jewellery making. The course is suitable for beginners and those who have experience and would like to further explore beaded jewellery making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Focus on: Bosch

    Focus on: Bosch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand?

    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

  5. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Experimental drawing exploration using paper collage. Develop creative ideas for textiles exploring texture, colour, proportion and composition through cutting, ripping, layering, intercutting and 2D construction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  6. Caravaggio and his world

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the life and world of Caravaggio in the context of Counter-Reformation and baroque aesthetics; contemporaries and rivals like Giovanni Baglione, the Carracci, Orazio Gentileschi; and followers like Artemisia Gentileschi and the Dutch Caravaggisti.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Looking at photography: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results. Please note: this course has a break week on Friday 20th October.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Costume and fashion in art

    New
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.

    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

  10. Women in art 1400-1800

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.

    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. Classical art, myths and legends

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you know your Aphrodite from your Hera? Do you know who is represented by an eagle? Who was turned into reeds? Unlock the rich world of classical myths and legends in this online art history course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.

    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

  13. The 'isms' of 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Modern and Post-Modern art has systematically broken with long-established traditions of representation and content through a series of 'isms'. From Fauvism to Installation this course takes you through the 'isms' of the twentieth century.

    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

  14. Try it out: bookbinding

    Try it out: bookbinding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making two attractive bindings at home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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

  15. The 'isms' of 19th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To understand the birth of modern art, we need to look to the long-established rules of representation and content that it challenged. From Neo-Classicism to Aestheticism this course takes you through the traditional to the avant-garde 'isms' of the nineteenth century.

    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: £249.00

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