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!

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

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

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  1. Conservation and repair II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 6 week course will introduce the skills needed to repair cloth case bound books. You will learn how to mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards. There will be time to practice paper repairs and re-sewing books. Suitable for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Painting a portrait from photographs

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new portrait course will show you how to develop a painting with vitality and a convincing ‘likeness’, by working from photographs. It will take inspiration from artists whose paintings explore the human face and use photographic sources in a compelling way.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  3. Photography workshop: setting up a business

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking of setting yourself up as a professional photographer? Get expert guidance on your first steps into the commercial world and develop essential business skills, from planning and basic book-keeping to the most lucrative areas of photography and the best professional accreditations.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Portraits 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Interior design for beginners

    Interior design for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  6. Expressionist life painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  7. Animating in 2D in Photoshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique hand-made look.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Art and design portfolio projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop and realise your creative language in art and design through the development of a personal project. Through workshops and small projects you will be able to build a portfolio of work in 2D and 3D related to your own personal theme or interest.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  10. Carving in wood

    Carving in wood

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you're experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. We'll teach you to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  12. Drawing with colour

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Calligraphy and illumination

    Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You'll get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left and right handers are welcome.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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