Illustrator for textile design I
Time: 12:00 - 15:00
colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.
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.
Course Code: VW802
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is a short introduction to understanding the creative potential of Adobe Illustrator in textile design. While learning digital drawing skills we explore shape, and experiment with colour to compose elements ideal for creating motifs and pattern. This course is also perfect for students, artists and designers who already have ideas and designs on paper but do not have the technical knowledge to transform them into digital files.
You will need to have access to version Adobe Illustrator CC 2020/21 for this course. If you do not have the software City Lit can provide a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require a license please email
firstname.lastname@example.org a week before the course is due to start. Please visit this link to check the software and
hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/creative-cloud/system-
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The potential for Adobe Illustrator for textile design
- Using navigation and toolbar
- Creating shapes
- Using the Pen tool understanding stroke and fill
- Using Shape Builder and Pathfinder tool to combine and divide
- Creating and using Artboards
- Demonstrate how to create a motif using design elements
- Pattern swatches
- Describe textile patterns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce and save a range of digital artwork for future development
- Use various tools to create basic shapes and transform shapes
- Use drawing tools to create and manipulate curves.
- Apply pattern and colour to work
-Send files to our digital lab to print off any artwork onto digital paper.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introduction to Illustrator for beginners but experience in computers and basic IT is essential. You
should be able to use the mouse and keyboard. You must be able to cope with navigating Zoom, your software and using Google Classroom. Technical notes will be provided for this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including, short presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and handouts. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. You may be set some homework to do between the classes to develop your designs and drawings.
- This course taught online using Zoom with live technical demonstrations, Q&A, group discussions, with practical
Activities, Quizzes and using our eLearning platform Google Classroom
- You will need to login into our Google Classroom before our sessions starts where all course materials will be
Stored and uploaded weekly.
- You will be set some homework to do between the classes to develop your designs and drawings.
- You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
- You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a USB memory stick to save your work on and take home. A, suggested size is 16GB USB memory stick although bigger is helpful for storing files. Then you can develop your body of work anywhere.
Bring your ideas and inspiration, sketchbook or photos you will draw and design from. Ideally on the USB or on
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a browse of our other textile design and print courses on the links above.
Kirsty Kirkpatrick is a designer-maker whose innovative, pattern-based designs have appeared at Berlin Fashion Week, The British Council, Tate Modern and Royal Academy of Arts. Her work puts social responsibility and ethical thinking at its heart, and has featured in, amongst others, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Kirsty studied Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design, Dundee, and is an alum of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. She has spoken at the London Design Festival and internationally for WGSN on design development trends and insight for the fashion and interiors industry. Kirsty merges the old with new, specialising in process; applying digital and new technologies with traditional hand making. She teaches textile design using Photoshop and Illustrator and, laser cutting. Her experience of teaching adults is wide ranging from lecturing to delivering workshops, and she has a passion for using her expertise to help others develop their skills, achieve their potential and transform their lives. Her approach is highly supportive, collaborative and hands on. Expect to experiment...and to have fun.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.