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. 

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

Some 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. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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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  3. Painting from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  4. Video editing personal project: improve your film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  5. Children's book illustration for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    This short couse in children's book illustration with provide you withaAn introduction to character design, layout, and visual storytelling. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learning to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  6. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn and develop calligraphy skills on this beginners and improvers course. You will practice with a range of pens and papers, and create a finished example using a favourite quotation. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right-handers.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  7. Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt from start to finish.You will use a range of construction and embellishment techniques.The emphasis for design is on Circles, Curves and Applique with cotton fabrics to create a personalised quilt.Suitable for beginners. This course is also suitable for supporting or extending other textile related courses, and would also have an application to students with an interest in interior furnishings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  8. Introduction to digitally printed textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    A short course for beginners.Learn how to use simple collage to develop a design for a womens or menswear scarf. Scan your design before using Photoshop to refine and sharpen your image.Print your image using the sublimation printer and transfer onto your chosen fabric. All materials provided.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  9. Life drawing and painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Hanna
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  10. Graphic design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Working through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles in graphic design, you will create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  11. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  12. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
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  13. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques.



    Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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  14. Final Cut Pro X and digital editing
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Already have some editing experience but want to up your game? Take things to a more professional standard by mastering some of the more advanced features of the industry software Final Cut Pro X. Get to grips with screen-direction, advanced trimming techniques, effects, and basic colour correction, as well as working on your narrative skills, to create impressive portfolio pieces.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  15. Vectorworks intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Revise and develop your Vectorworks skills further and explore more advanced processes to create professional presentations of your 3D designs and plans. Suitable for those who have completed the Vectorworks for Beginners course or who have a good grounding in the basics of this professional application.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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