Contemporary Art London for 16 -18 year olds will allow you an insider's view of the London art world. You will visit the best of London's major art galleries and museums, hidden art trails, public art, artists studios, alternative art spaces and unusual one-off events. This course is open to everyone and is specifically designed to provide inspiration for aspiring artists, designers, curators, art theorists and writers. The aim of this course is to create a research journal inspired by your experience in London. This journal can become an integral part of your portfolio demonstrating your understanding of the art world and contemporary art theory, showing where you have found inspiration, the development of your ideas and how your work relates to that of existing artists. Your research journal will be full of what you find inspiring, useful bits of knowledge and theory, critical responses to the artwork have seen and experienced, texts, drawings and new ideas. This sort of research is essential to any art student and will give you important study skills for your future education, including original ways to put together ideas and information, developing a critical opinion with confidence and awareness, and how to respond creatively to artworks. This course is suitable to students of all levels.
Beckie Leach is a native Londoner and an active participant in the London art world, she is uniquely placed to show you the hidden secrets of London's art scene. Beckie is a practising sculptor, art theorist and storyteller. She is a member of POST Artists, a group of artists who make site specific, and often temporary artworks, in response to place. Beckie has studied Fine Art and Art History at the University of the Arts, Nottingham Trent University and the Open University. Beckie is an experienced further education art teacher, having taught in the UK and Internationally.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A selection of pens and pencils
- Something coloured - pencils, crayons, felt-tips (whatever you enjoy using)
- Pencil sharpener
- Pritt stick
- Scissors (small paper scissors - not sharp ones, just for paper)
- Travel/Oyster Card
- A digital camera for recording research is always useful
- A good pair of comfortable shoes as there will be plenty of visits and walking involved
Please note that you will be carrying everything around galleries so it is best not to bring anything to big or heavy