Art & design tasters

Learn more about art & design at City Lit with our range of talks and workshops from only £5 each.

Hear from our team of experienced artists and expert tutors on subjects they are passionate about.

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  1. Artist talk: Mario Lautier Vella - Looking both ways
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this illustrated talk, Mario will talk about some of his work and the ideas and themes that shape his practice - from ideas around looking and being looked at, cinema to surveillance, public personas to private lives, dressing up to stripping down.To we are introducing a series of free talks lead by the tutors themselves where they discuss their unique art practice including what inspires and motivates them and how they make their work.

    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
  2. Artist talk: Kathy Abbott - From hats to headcaps
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A chance discovery of the craft of bookbinding changed Kathy Abbott's career path. She will talk about her journey and the wide range of work she undertakes, encompassing Shakespeare's First Folio, Islamic manuscripts, and the inspiration she gets for her Fine Bindings from her love of the written word.

    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. Artist talk: Clare Barton-Harvey - Drawing breaths: the art of mindfulness & drawing
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Clare Barton-Harvey is a full-time artist, tutor and freelance teacher/trainer living and working in London. Drawing is an essential component in her work as are mindfulness & meditation which she has integrated into her art practice for over 26 years. In this talk, Clare will share her experience and research as an artist, tutor & mentor, into how mindfulness can support greater inner resourcefulness and enrichment, whatever level of experience you have. For beginners to drawing it can help you to get started, and for those with more experience, mindfulness can support greater resilience in your practice, allowing for more sustained engagement in your work. This talk offers a great introduction to mindfulness and an overview of some of the benefits of applying it to creative practice.

    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
  4. Artist talk: Tony Hull - I’ll know it when I see it: process, content and meaning
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Tony Hull is a visual artist based in London. He uses photography and performance as an impetus for drawing and painting, allowing the individual qualities of each medium to shape his work’s development. He’s particularly excited by the role of drawing as a creative catalyst and has run numerous workshops investigating its potential with design professionals in Britain, the U.S. and China.



    In this talk he unpacks his creative process through reference mainly to work made over the last year. The relationship between visual research and the impact of each medium’s material qualities is explored. From the re-enactment of archival photographs in the studio to the emergence through photographic, drawing and painting processes of an incomplete index of witness, he considers how the physical act of making and artefact acknowledge the essential, concrete existence of the body. Tony Hull is a drawing and painting tutor at city lit and a major contributor to its fine art course.

    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Discover how to design jewellery with food
    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
  8. Discover Hapa Zome: the Japanese art of leaf printing
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover something new this Spring! Hapa Zome is a Japanese printing technique that can be used in fabric or paper and it is as well a very easy, fun and economical way to extract pigments, transfer shapes and make patterns and textures from natural dyestuff. It is great for those interested in exploring natural dyeing and printingtechniques.

    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

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