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. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Photoshop, and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  3. Contemporary Art photography course

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Become an expert in the fine art world of contemporary photography. Learn about the history, concepts and theories behind the art form, and the technology and techniques now influencing it. Develop practical skills to realise your own creative ideas, discuss your photography portfolio with others, and learn about platforms to showcase your work on the commercial fine art market. Please note: this course has a break week on Friday 20th October.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Friday lates: art and alchemy - from ancient to contemporary

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  5. Drawing club

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new Friday evening drop-in drawing club. Discover new drawing techniques and develop your skills further by responding to a diverse range of briefs and projects that will take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each session will deal with a different approach. You can book individual sessions for a reduced hourly rate or book individual sessions via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pv2d-drawing-club-vh876-tickets-69984432321.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  6. Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £399.00

  8. Art icons: Jacques-Louis David and Neoclassicism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Neo-classical movement, focusing on David as its key example, considering issues such as social change and politics, biography, artistic and theoretic influences, notably that of Winckelmann.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Jewellery making: all levels

    Jewellery making: all levels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  10. Focus on: Hogarth

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of William Hogarth. Best known for his print engravings and his bawdy depictions of 18th century London, we explore these and other aspects of his work and the society that inspired it.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Adobe Premiere Pro video editing: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with industry software Adobe Premiere Pro, learning the basic principles and technical skills of editing movie footage. Discover the conventions of professional editing, explore how to construct a narrative, and try your hand at basic cutting techniques to produce seamless videos on your own computer.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  13. Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  14. Jewellery after work: surface decoration

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn fundamental jewellery making techniques to decorate metal surfaces like roller-forming, piercing, filing, drilling, lettering, hand stamping, sanding and polishing. At the beginning of this course, we will discuss and agree on specific techniques to be explored within this framework. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Photoshop for textiles I

    Photoshop for textiles I

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about potential and possibilities of using Photoshop for textile art, while developing practical skills and knowledge manipulating images, creating texture, while drawing digitally and printing onto fabric or fine art paper. Ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists and would like to digitalise their work. Interested in pattern, collage and imagery.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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