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Art and Design for 11 to 15 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Course description

Join Art and Design for 11 to 15 Year Olds and work with a practicing artist to explore processes of making artwork and developing ideas in a similar working method to those used at art college.

We will look at modern and contemporary artists work, with a focus on learning about artistic practice and developing ideas. You will experiment directly with materials - outside of a sketchbook. Please make sure you bring a camera or camera phone to document this, so you can add images to your sketchbook when you get home.

You will create work in different sizes and formats and experiment with a range of media. In the second half of the week, you'll develop your own project, with your tutor, and on the final day present and celebrate your work within the group.

Course outcomes

  • You'll have made new work individually and in groups and have explored some contemporary art techniques and processes.
  • The planning skills you'll have developed in making and exhibiting the work can be transferred to a portfolio and in writing about your work for future studies.
  • The artists you will have explored can feed into your sketchbook and research.

Who should attend

Anyone between 11 and 15 who wants to learn about the artistic process, from generating ideas to presenting your work. Its ideal if you want to add some work to your portfolio or just explore your flair and creativity.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that's crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor face to face
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

UAL International Summer School

Can’t see any available dates for this course? For a similar experience we recommend booking onto UAL International Summer School for 11 to 15 Year Olds Short Course.

Available dates

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Topics covered

  • Learn how to make and present work
  • Researching modern and contemporary artists
  • Developing ideas and talking about your work
  • Documenting your work


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A sketchbook
  • A selection of acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Paint brushes
  • Drawing pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sellotape
  • Glue stick
  • Eraser
  • A digital camera or camera phone to document the process of making work.

Please also bring any other drawing or painting materials you are comfortable using.

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the UAL college shops. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

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Join Art and Design for 11 to 15 Year Olds and work with a practicing artist to explore processes of making artwork and developing ideas in a similar working method to those used at art college.

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