Taster courses

Experience the best of online learning at City Lit with our range of taster courses from only £10 each.

We understand that finding time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill can be a challenge. Our taster courses are the perfect way to try something new and find out if a course is right for you. So whether you fancy exploring yoga in German, comedy writing or art history, we have the course for you.

If you've loved our courses this year then why not share the experience with your family and friends. With our online courses you can even learn together wherever you both are in the country!


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  1. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. Each morning there will be guided meditation to enable us to settle the mind and become quietly aware of our senses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Discover moving image at City Lit: What moves you?
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Film maker and animator Litza Jansz introduces you to the world of film making at City Lit. Explore the different genres and approaches to film making and animation and find out which kind of film making moves you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Recorders online: taster
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Rediscover the joy of playing recorders, and learn how a recorder class works online. Not suitable for complete beginners on the instrument, but ideal for those new to online learning.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Yoga in German
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Enjoy this relaxing yoga course- taught in German.

    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 £149.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Artist talk: Chris Gray - What is art school: education through the ages
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Art schools have changed dramatically from the Renaissance era of apprentices studying under the guise of the master to the liberal expressive freedoms that students enjoy today. In this talk, Artist Chris Gray will take you through the historical developments and transitions, presenting a lineage between these 2 seemingly separate worlds. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a student that moved from contemporary to traditional art education, this talk will truly highlight if there are lessons we can learn from the schools of old.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. Discover how to design jewellery with food
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover something new this Spring! Want to develop your jewellery design skills in a fun and tasty way? This course will focus on exploring ideas using food. Through experimental exercises we will approach the important principles of design of jewellery such as patterns, shapes, textures and colours.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  7. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short online course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  8. Beastly Writing in the modern age
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Animals leap, crawl, hop, and gallop across the pages of modern fiction and poetry. Why do authors write about animals? What effect does it have on us as readers when we encounter animals in novels and short stories? From Beatrix Potter and Black Beauty to the contemporary novel, this course explores the role of the animal in modern literature. Themes that we will think about together include: animal suffering, animals in depictions of childhood, and animal transformations and dehumanisation.

    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
  9. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  10. Music history book club
    Course Date: Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book: An Equal Music (Vikram Seth).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An introduction to postgraduate academic writing and beyond. On this workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  12. Playwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory short course online. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

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