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. City Lit Pro: business skills for photographers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Illustration: stage 1

    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  3. Watercolour for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Introduction to contemporary portraits

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  6. City Lit calligraphy course

    City Lit calligraphy course

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into calligraphy with this two term course. Learn techniques and develop essential skills for using tools and materials to produce beautiful work. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in calligraphy and design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in calligraphy and the design world. An exciting, challenging, indepth introduction for beginners.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  7. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to represent people in drawing and painting through practical experience of the basic skills and key concepts involved. Includes scale and proportion, tone, three dimensional form and colour. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Interior design for beginners

    Interior design for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the delights of interior design and give your design schemes that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and how to generate design ideas.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  10. Islamic art in medieval north and west Africa

    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa. The course will include one off-site visit to the Africa galleries at the British Museum.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Contemporary practice: personal project

    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This advanced course in contemporary creative practice will support you in developing a personal project through research, experimentation, development and exhibition in a supportive studio environment. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please contact Visual Arts for more information.
    Full fee: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

  12. City Lit bookbinding course

    City Lit bookbinding course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  13. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Calligraphy and illumination

    Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You will be given advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left handers are welcome.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

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