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. Hands-on art history: modern colour

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting has developed as human vision evolved and the scientific discovery of colour interaction in the 19th century gave birth to vibrant art movements. On this practical painting course you will take inspiration form Seurat, Matisse, Whistler, Monet Mark Rothko and William Nicholson and explore these pioneering approaches to colour in your own work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Contemporary collage projects: 2

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE PART 2” is the second course a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions.

    It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish.

    We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  3. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A four day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Introduction to Shibori dyeing

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shibori is an exciting way of using traditional resist techniques to create unique patterns and shapes whilst dyeing fabric. We will explore folding, tieing, and stitching materials, before immersing them in synthetic and natural dyes.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is organised thematically covering the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. City Lit contemporary jewellery workshop

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop .This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long contemporary jewellery course.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. Botanical illustration

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio- and location-based course.

    See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course

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    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  8. Friday lates: art and alchemy - from ancient to contemporary

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art. #arthistory #fridaylates #alchemy #eveningevent.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. Experimental painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Test unorthodox ways of layering and combining oil and acrylic media, including silk-screen print techniques for development in the painting studio. An intermediate course for painters who wish to learn more about paint application techniques and contemporary visual language.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  10. Graphic design club

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jump into the design process! Learn how to generate ideas for visual communication creating unexpected solutions to a variety of design briefs.

    To book the whole course at a discounted rate: book via City Lit as usual. To book individual sessions: book your place via Eventbrite. Cost £30 per session:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/graphic-design-club-vk200-tickets-49171734983.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  11. Photography for beginners with Adobe Lightroom

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly to produce impressive photographs, then learn to use Adobe Lightroom to edit, manipulate and manage your images.

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

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    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Painting techniques

    Painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes we adopt habitual ways of using paint not realising that there are innumerable approaches available to us. Discover different acrylic and oil paint techniques to help you explore the magic of painting more fully.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  13. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You'll need to bring your own iPad and copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Printmaking club

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These are popular tutor-led printmaking studio sessions that can be booked individually as required. You have the option to join in the taught themes or you can work on your own personal projects. Ideal for students with some experience of printmaking.

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    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  15. Painting 2

    Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

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