Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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  2. Painting workshop: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  3. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  4. An introduction to drawn animation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Due to its versatility, Drawn animation is one of the most exciting animated forms favoured by artists and animators alike. Whether you’re interest is in traditional or experimental animation, whether you’re confident with drawing or not, you will enjoy developing your skills on this practical user friendly course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  5. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn how to use Adobe Animate CC to create exciting drawn and cut out animations on this practical introductory course and find out why it’s still the application of choice for professional drawn animation.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  6. Balcony and roof garden design
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    City Lit offer a range of Garden Design courses, including Design tips for a Mediterranean Garden, Start Planting Design for your Roof Terrace.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Introduction to working in metal
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to the basics of metal and wire construction, an ideal way to explore 'drawing in space' in wire and making the transition from 2D to 3D.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  8. Anatomical life and portrait drawing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  9. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  10. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
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  12. Looking at artists: focus on etching in printmaking
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this short course you will look at how and why artists make use of the printmaking technique of Etching. The tutor will guide you through what etching and its related intaglio techniques are, how they developed historically, looking at artists such as Durer, Rembrandt, Goya and Hayter, and how they are still relevant for contemporary artists such as Hockney, Paula Rego, the Chapman brothers and Michael Landy. There is no practical element to this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  13. Documentary film shorts: everything you need to know about B-roll
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    It’s B roll, the footage you cut away to from your interviews, that adds dimension to your story. Find out more about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  14. How to paint: colour and composition
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  15. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00

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