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. Abstract drawing

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to create stunning beaded jewellery fit for the catwalk? Explore traditional and contemporary beaded jewellery techniques with a practical focus on designing for the fashion industry. Get to grips with important beading tools and skills, and learn about key aspects of designing for the catwalk - looking at current trends, creating mood boards to develop ideas, designing your own collections and creating a striking final piece.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Graphic design: stage 2

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    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: £409.00
    Senior fee: £409.00
    Concession: £249.00

  4. Oil painting projects

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  5. Laser cut a leather purse

    Laser cut a leather purse

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Engrave a leather purse design with your own text and images in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic skills to personalize an existing template using Adobe Illustrator. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with your own leather purse design. All materials included in a choice of colours. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  6. Textile art: depict your borough using hand embroidery

    Textile art: depict your borough using hand embroidery

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own embroidered artwork inspired by the area or borough you reside in, using hand stitching techniques. Develop creative expression by this introductory course, using personal inspiration or historical references for the base of your artwork.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Painting and the creative imagination

    Painting and the creative imagination

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  8. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Professional practice: presenting and exhibiting your work

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look into the finer details of exhibiting your work such as dealing with galleries and contracts, to proper packaging and handling, from do-it-yourself projects to independently curated exhibitions. Practical topics like hanging, lighting, layout will also be discussed. .
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  10. Focus on: Hogarth

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of William Hogarth. Best known for his print engravings and his bawdy depictions of 18th century London, we explore these and other aspects of his work and the society that inspired it. #arthistory #hogarth #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.

    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jun 2019
    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 After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  13. Digital video editing using Final Cut Pro X: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with the industry software Final Cut Pro X on this intensive introductory course, learning the basic principles and technical skills of editing movie footage. Discover the conventions of professional editing, how to construct a narrative, and the technical features specific to Final Cut Pro X, trying your hand at basic cutting techniques to produce seamless videos on your own computer. Tutor: Lily Markiewicz.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our courses on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Large format cameras: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 18 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the beauty, control and contemplative approach of large-format photography, a skilled art form with often spectacular results. Explore large format camera techniques and equipment from focus control to film loading, with expert guidance, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects

    Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects

    Course Date: Tue 18 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore the surface qualities of drawing and mark-making with the layered possibilities of mixed-media and hand stitch. You'll have the chance to generate visual research and ideas towards a personal project.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

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