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Art and Design School at Home for 13 to 16 Year Olds Online Short Course

Course description

This online art and design course has been created for teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old that are looking to get the full experience of art school.

On this course, you will learn new skills while developing your confidence through experimentation, idea generation and creativity enhancing activities whilst on this online course. There is also a focus on building upon your technical skills through practical assignments that include making and designing.

You will receive daily online presentations, live workshop demonstrations and 1-to-1 tutorials. You will develop your confidence while experimenting with design, working on idea generation and focusing on creativity while also developing your technical skills through tutor-led online sessions.

This course has been devised to teach all of the skills required via tailored online tutorials. Whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or if you are already studying art and design at school, this course will give you the experience of learning at Central Saint Martins.

During the two weeks you will explore the following subjects, which are all supported by relevant talks and discussions:

  • Observational Drawing: still life, figure and portrait
  • Painting and colour mixing
  • Colour and Collage and Mark-Making
  • Typography, Graphic Design and Zines
  • 3D modelling
  • Spatial Design and photographic documentation
  • Illustration
  • Research and idea generation
  • Selecting work for exhibition

Towards the end of the course you will take these techniques and apply them to a personal project of your choosing with guidance from your tutor. All students will complete the course with sketchbooks full of ideas, along with a number of finished works and new technical abilities, all of which will help inspire your art and design practice in the future.

This promises to be an exciting and unique experience for any 13 to 16 year old who is:

  • Interested in developing their own creativity
  • Building a portfolio for future studies
  • Confident in learning from their mistakes
  • Keen to work with students of different nationalities
  • Willing to work and collaborate with others during projects
  • Wishing to develop their skills in communicating ideas

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 thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • 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
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

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 C

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
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

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

2-week course delivery, each day includes 2 x check in tutorials

Course Times

Please note that we will be providing additional information about live session delivery times, so that we can accommodate students across multiple time zones. This will be finalised closer to the course start date.

Students will receive

  • Daily - Fact sheet for all demos, visual presentation, Instagram posts featuring their work
  • End of the course – catalogue featuring their work and CSM online gallery/exhibition and a certificate of attendance

Week 1

Day 1

  • Introduction to course and portfolio preparation (skills and experimental processes)
  • Get to know you+ cyber bullying sign posting
  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – Make collage, collect rubbings, explore tests, make small zine
  • PM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – still life drawing / objects / basics of observational drawing
  • Introduce research

Day 2

  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – drawing the figure, basics, standing and seated figures, shapes and shading
  • PM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – illustration, drawing into painting

Day 3

  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – Painting, studies, composition
  • PM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – colour mixing, painting
  • Introduce research and discuss project themes

Day 4

  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – Portraits, drawing basics, shading
  • PM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity 3D modelling the head using clay/plasticine / modelling clay, etc.

Day 5

  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – Fonts / handmade letters
  • Presentation/ Demo Introduce group project zines
  • PM Activity – group work design and make small zine/ divide task

Week 2

Day 1

  • AM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity – Spatial Design, model making, paper folding, building
  • PM Presentation/ Demo
  • Activity - photography, lighting, of models, presentation, scale

Day 2

  • AM Catch up and finish work.
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • PM Activity: How to research for final projects
  • + How to develop experimental process for idea generation

Day 3

  • Sharing research and commenting / constructively helping each other.
  • Activity: Work on Final Projects, make sure Idea Generation has been done
  • One-to-one tutorials

Day 4

  • Final Projects individual work
  • One-to-one tutorials

Day 5

  • Individual project presentations
  • group tutorial / critique
  • Select work for Final exhibition
  • Course feedback

The final project, all preparatory / sketchbook work, and a selection of other work made on this course will be collated into a digital/physical catalogue and sent out to each student. The work in progress shots and outcomes will also be shared on socials plus hosted by the CSM online gallery space.

Watch our Online Short Courses for 13 to 16 Year Olds promotional video on YouTube.

Review the School at Home for 13 to 16 Year Olds Online Short Course Handbook [PDF 7.58MB]

Read more about our online short courses in our helpful article, Why taking an online short course is perfect for you!


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)
  • coloured 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.


  • Small amount of clay / plasticine / modelling clay 
  • 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
Meet the Tutor:

This online art and design course has been created for teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old that are looking to get the full experience of art school.

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