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. Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create patterns and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photshop who are textile artsits or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  3. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at how the vision of the Ottoman Sultans was crafted from diverse sources during a period of maximum growth, this course will focus on the architecture, arts and crafts of the early Ottoman Empire.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. No sleep for two years by Phil Hatcher

    Portraits and people photography course

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Photography workshop: Adobe Lightroom

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for an alternative to Photoshop for managing and editing your photos? Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use cross-platform photo management and editing software with many advantages over other software. Learn how to use it effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset for photographers at all levels.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  6. Develop an experimental colour sketchbook

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create an experimental colour sketchbook that will serve as a vital personal resource to inform your work as an artist or maker. Combining theory and practice, experimentation, intuition and personal interest this practical course for creatives will help you unlock ways of using colour in a dynamic way.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Jewellery making: all levels

    Jewellery making: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking to progress your jewellery making skills with the guidance of an expert tutor? If you are an intermediate jewellery maker and woud like to improve your design and push your technical skills to a higher standard this course is for you.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  8. Calligraphy and illumination

    Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You will get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left handers are welcome.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Develop your drawing and painting

    Develop your drawing and painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  11. Carving in wood

    Carving in wood

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  12. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Experimental screen printing for textiles

    Experimental screen printing for textiles

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop painterly approaches to textile screen printing using open screen techniques, monoprinting, and direct painting on to screen and cloth with dyes. Imaginatively explore dye and pigment, mark, colour, texture and surface.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  14. Introduction to Printmaking techniques

    Introduction to Printmaking techniques

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This exciting course is a chance to develop key creative skills and approaches to art and design in 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies. If you complete stage 1 successfully you'll be able to progress onto stage 2 of the formal Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.00 - 17.00) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (18:00 - 20:30) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee: £699.00
    Senior fee: £559.00
    Concession: £210.00

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