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Contemporary Fine Art in Practice

Contemporary Fine Art in Practice

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Jake Clark


Join Contemporary Fine Art in Practice and work alongside a professional artist as you challenge your working methods and create your own visual language through the exploration of contemporary fine art practices.

Through off-site visits and demonstrations, you will look at the ways in which traditional fine art methods, such as drawing and painting, have evolved to include more interdisciplinary practices including collage, installation and sculpture. The course will be process led, looking at languages of making.

Based in a studio environment, you will cultivate your practice to include contemporary thinking. Through the participation of group discussions and practical projects, your tutor will support and guide you to create self-initiated work. You will examine issues of composition, colour, line, form, space and abstraction as a means to extend different approaches to the making of work.

Topics Covered

  • Collage, installation and sculpture

  • Development of abstraction

  • Visit to Tate Britain

  • Development of work through studio practice and discussions

  • Exploration of composition, colour, line, form and space

  • How to develop concepts further

  • Exhibit and critique

Course Outcomes
You will have increased confidence in initiating work of your own from an informed perspective. You will have begun to create a visual language that extends your practice, to assist with applications to further education and exhibiting possibilities.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for those with experience in art and design with an interest in developing their practice. This course will help you to challenge your working methods through the exploration of contemporary fine art practices.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Jake Clark has been a practicing artist for over 30 years, exhibiting regularly during this time. His studio practice is concerned with the cross overs between photography, painting and 3D. Jake works with oil paint on paper and canvas, sometimes incorporating collage.

Jake teaches on The Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Diploma in Art and Design within the specialist areas of illustration and painting. He has previously taught on the Fine Art BA at Loughborough University.


On the first day, please bring with you:

  • pencils 2B-6B

  • graphite pencil

  • acrylic paint

  • brushes

  • scalpel or craft knife

  • masking tape

  • A4 sketchbooks

Please also bring a camera or camera phone for documenting your work during the course.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates