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Art and Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds Online Short Course

Course description

This online course will help art students strengthen their portfolios and gain confidence in their abilities. You will be asked to engage with new ways of making and thinking through the exploration of materials and the generation of ideas.

The course encourages experimentation and the development of a critical approach to the work produced. As you gain more confidence in your abilities you will be encouraged to take greater control and responsibility for the direction of your work, and the development of your own methodology. A broad range of techniques and media will be investigated and you will be encouraged to approach your projects in the way you choose.

We will look at modern and contemporary artists’ work, with a focus on learning about artistic practice and developing ideas through research. Through interaction with your tutor and fellow classmates you will develop the confidence to present and talk about your work.

Who should take this course?

  • Students with an interest in art and design, including complete beginners
  • Those who have recently completed a GCSE in art and design, or those studying art at 'A' of 'AS' level
  • Students aiming to apply for study art and design at foundation level
  • International Baccalaureate students aged between 16 and 18 applying to a foundation course
  • Students already on a foundation course who want to improve their portfolio for degree application.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way that's clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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Topics covered

  • Observational drawing and research
  • A session where students will draw by looking at a life model (male or female)
  • Opportunities to work across a range of art materials and techniques
  • Advice on use of materials and methods


These materials are recommended for this course:

Drawing mediums

  • pencils (non-colour)
  • pens and markers (biros, fineliners, etc)
  • coloured pencils/ markers / crayons
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Charcoal


  • A4 cartridge paper x 50 sheets (or sketchbook)
  • A3 cartridge paper x 10 sheets (or sketchbook)
  • colour paper
  • A4 Cutting mat or thick card for cutting with a knife


  • Masking tape
  • Glue stick
  • Paper scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Magazines / newspapers to cut up (or print outs from the internet)


  • Set of brushes
  • Acrylic paint in primary colours Red, Blue, Yellow and White
  • Watercolours
  • Inks (if you have them)
  • Paper or canvas for painting
  • Rags / tissues / pots for water etc.


  • Paper, card, string, wire, recycling bin contents etc…


  • Old clothing/apron for painting
  • Appropriate area for drawing/painting
  • Supervision whilst using craft knife/ internet searching

The technical requirements:

A computer (PC or Mac) with an up-to-date operating system, webcam and microphone 
An up-to-date version of Chrome browser installed on your computer
A headset with microphone/headphones is recommended, but not essential

Meet the Tutor:

This online course will help art students strengthen their portfolios and gain confidence in their abilities. You will be asked to engage with new ways of making and thinking through the exploration of materials and the generation of ideas.

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