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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Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed. Image: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time by Bronzino

    Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings, in paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Metal sculpture all levels

    Metal sculpture all levels

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  5. Graphic design: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your graphic design skills further and learn how to respond professionally to industry related briefs involving a range of branded products.

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

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  6. Life painting

    Life painting

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  7. Children's book illustration: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  8. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    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. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £549.00

  9. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fine photographer but flummoxed by Photoshop? You're not alone - join our practical course on Photoshop for photographers, introducing its basic functions including colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Find your way around the program to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  10. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2 and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  11. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  12. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century in offsite sessions in museums, galleries and other places in London. Tutor: Liz Eyres.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. City Lit printmaking course: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intermediate level, longer course is aimed at printmakers wishing to build skills in order to develop a sustainable personal practice. You'll be guided through research, experimentation and development tasks. After which you will complete two sustained personal projects. The course has a practical focus but its theoretical, contextual components are key.





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    Wednesdays 18:00 - 21:00 and two Saturdays 10:30 - 16:30 per term



    23rd January 2019 - 10th April 2019



    1st May 2019 - 17th July 2019.

    Full fee: £799.00
    Senior fee: £799.00
    Concession: £487.00

  14. Introduction to sculpture

    Introduction to sculpture

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting out in sculpture? Join us and get to grips with the techniques of carving, casting and construction. Find out more about the history of sculpture and take inspiration from other artists. Learn to develop your ideas from design to reality, and try your hand at several small-scale projects to practise your new-found skills.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  15. Working with the imagination: water-based mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in drawing and painting with water-based mixed media such as ink, acrylic, and water-soluble graphite. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting exercises.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

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