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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. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Save on selected visual arts courses. Find out more.

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. Book arts drop-in

    Book arts drop-in

    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.

    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  2. Try it out: monotype printmaking

    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the possibilities of the versatile, immediate process of monotype to create exciting images by hand and by using a printing press.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Introduction to casting and mould making

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of mould making and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds. Then learn how to cast from them in plaster of Paris and cement.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £100.00

  4. Using colour in Interior Design

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Curious about colour? This short online course will guide you to making more effective use of colour in interior design. Whether working for clients or on your own home, it will increase your confidence and understanding of colour and encourage a more daring and experimental approach.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Nature photography: London in winter

    New
    Course Date: Tue 15 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This is an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, flora and fauna of some of London’s finest parks whilst learning

    photography skills along the way. Suitable for beginners and more advanced.

    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  6. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This exciting course is a chance to develop key creative skills and approaches to art and design in 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies. It is intended to provide an introduction to individual and group studio practice in the studio context, in praparation for progression to deeper study, and the learning of more advanced technical and conceptual skills, on stage 2 of the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, accredited by University of the Arts London. Successful completion of this course guarantees acceptance onto Stage 2. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.00 - 17.00) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (18:00 - 20:30) on Wednesday evenings.

    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: £749.00
    Senior fee: £599.00
    Concession: £225.00

  7. City Lit fine jewellery workshop

    City Lit fine jewellery workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV414 City Lit fine jewellery 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: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.

    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: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

  9. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 and engaging videos.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £155.00

  10. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Book arts: experimental structures

    Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.

    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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £145.00

  12. Ceramics: surface decoration on clay

    Ceramics: surface decoration on clay

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with paper stencil, block printing on unfired clay, biscuit and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze enamels on simple mould forms and tiles.

    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Clay sculpture: life and portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You'll work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.

    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: £200.00

  14. Jan Nuckold

    Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.

    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

  15. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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

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