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. Introduction to studio lighting

    Introduction to studio lighting

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. SketchUp Pro for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  3. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  4. Photography for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 16 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  5. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  7. Japanese woodcut

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over two full days. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Laser cutting for fashion applications

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore digital craftmanship using laser cutting techniques producing textiles for fashion applications. Understand the manufacturing possibilities by sampling and testing paper and fabrics, developing a variety of textile patterns. Work to a brief or personal project. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting, yet some experience on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is required.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Introduction to experimental mixed media sketchbook

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. 50 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  12. Draw a portrait: 2 session pose

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw a portrait from the life model who will keep the same pose over 2 sessions. This long pose will enable you to develop a sustained study with the aim of resolving a finished piece of work by the end of the course.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Try it out: animation

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking drawn animated sequences using the software application Animate CC (formerly known as Flash.). An ideal taster if you are interested in our 30 week City Lit animation course but would like to try it out before signing up.


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    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Try it out: photography

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Photoshop) and create a high quality print to take away with you.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

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