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. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 6 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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  2. Experience: sculpture

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience making artworks in 3D. This fun and practical course is ideal if you have always wanted to try sculpture, offering you a taste of basic sculpture techniques and principles. For complete beginners.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  4. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 4 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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  5. Art and madness. Image: The Scream by Munch

    Art and 'madness'

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is the relationship between creativity and 'madness'? Is there a link or is this a romantic notion? Via Michelangelo, Goya, van Gogh, Munch and others, explore how ‘madness’ changes how we think about artists.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Shibori into stitch

    Shibori into stitch

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on simple dye techniques, combine Japanese Shibori dyed samples with stitch. Layer up stitch processes with applique and freeform embroidery to create rich surfaces which can be taken on to further projects. You do not need to have completed VX470 Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. The art and culture of the Victorians

    The art and culture of the Victorians

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the fascinating world of the Victorians and their legacy, exploring fine art, design, architecture, and literature through gallery visits.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your illustration professional portfolio and build your confidence in responding creatively and effectively to illustration briefs using a wide range of media. This course helps you to improve your research techniques and confidence in being innovative in your approach.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Live action and 3D animation: the magical mix

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    On this exciting practical course you will learn how to create 3D model animation and composite it into live action footage. Invaluable for animators and film makers alike who want to create exciting innovative short films.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Relief printmaking: large scale surfaces

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make large scale expressive prints in both wood-cut and monoprint. Experiment with combining the two processes to explore the exciting possibilities of layering an image using different printmaking processes. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  11. Draw, paint, print

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will put together a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  12. Jewellery: stone setting III

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already explored some of the skills of mount-making and stone-setting but want to take your expertise to another level? Experience the more complicated techniques of mounting a variety of stone shapes, as well as practising your grasp of claw and collet settings. Integrate new stone-setting techniques with your existing knowledge to give the ultimate professional finish to your jewellery.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00

  13. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  15. Graphic design and illustration

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.

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

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    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

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