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. Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with polychromatic print onto fabric and paper, exploring the creative potential of Procion dyes and silk screen printing. Processes include mark making, hand painting, resists, stencils and layering. Develop personal designs, textile samples and artwork.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  2. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop a personal response to life painting using a variety of approaches. Explore mark-making, rich colour, thick paint, thin paint, dramatic contrast, anything one feel expresses a personal response to the model.



    This is a single pose, so students have the opportunity to either work on several paintings over the period or one sustained pose. You can use either oil or acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  3. Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For intermediate jewellers. Learn how to set round faceted stones in sheet metal and rings using the traditional flush setting technique. You will practice in copper, before moving on to work in silver. There will also be a chance to make your own flush setting tool.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Shock of the New: post-modern architecture in London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London’s recent building boom has foregrounded discussions about architectural style, but postmodernism has been practiced in the capital for more than forty years. This course will look at the style’s variety through key examples.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Life painting: three-day pose

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Photoshop for beginners: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ideal introduction to image manipulation using Photoshop. Learn and practise the essential skills, and work towards a greater understanding of the main features of this popular program so that you can edit your images in exciting and creative ways.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £237.00

  7. Drawing towards sculpture and ceramics

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a variety of specialised drawing techniques to develop your ideas for three dimensional artwork in Sculpture and Ceramics. Study the drawing of sculptors and discover their processes of creative development. (Tate Modern Research session - Friday 26 July 2019, from 6pm – 10pm). In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Developing contemporary collage, mixed media and assemblage

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For advanced students, develop your personal work in collage and mixed media. Experiment with the interplay between two and three dimensions. Work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending your pictorial practice into the realm of assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, collage and small scale constructions within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Developing drawing: intermediate

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing. Concepts of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making will be introduced and developed using a range of visual starting points, including working from a model and on location.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Sketchup Pro intensive for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 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. Develop skills in visualising and modelling interior spaces and 3D forms with this accessible and intuitive program.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Introduction to casting and mould making

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding 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, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  12. Filming and compositing with green screen

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Compositing, or seamlessly layering images, is a visual effect used in all film making. Learn effective green screen filming, how to composite images and how to improve the process and workflow on this practical course.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. Painting traditional portraits intensive

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Over four, consecutive days learn and develop your skills in oil painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  14. Etching in colour an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  15. Etching for jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to make jewellery with etched patterns of your own design? Come and explore the etching process applied to jewellery, using acids and different resist to create patterns, texture and surface decoration on metal. During this week-long course, you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas and style through drawing research along with exploration of a range of etching techniques, encouraging you to apply them to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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