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Fine Art for 16 to 18 year Olds Online Short Course

Course description

Join our Fine Art short course for 16 to 18 year olds and immerse yourself in fine art as you spend a week working alongside a practising artist. You will explore and experiment with materials as you find new ways of expressing your ideas.

To inspire you, we will at look at the work of modern and contemporary artists. You will investigate scale and the impact of creating artwork in different sizes and formats.

In the second half of the week, you will develop your own fine art project, which you will share with the group at the end of the course.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the processes and materials used in fine art. You will have developed your confidence in expressing and visualising your ideas. You will also have an understanding of how to prepare your portfolio, gain drawing skills and understand experimental process.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors use easy to understand, accessible English and explain any special terminology
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way that's clear and easy to understand
  • Tutors 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
  • 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

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons
  • 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.

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.

Available dates

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Topics covered

  • Artist case studies
  • Fine art materials and processes
  • Mark making
  • Exploring scale
  • Idea generation
  • Developing a fine art project


Online short course materials

Quantities = 1 per student unless otherwise specified.

Monday & Tuesday:


Pens and markers (biros, fineliners, highlighters, etc)

Coloured Pastels and/or drawing pencils


Pencil sharpener

A3 (or larger) Sketchbook

Basic white drawing paper = 20 sheets

Grey and beige midtone drawing paper A3/A2 size = 10 sheets per student

Coloured paper (selection) 5 sheets per student

Charcoal sticks = 3 sticks per student

White chalk or conte crayon = 3 sticks per student

Fixative spray for fixing drawings (optional – can also use hairspray)


Cutting matt or a surface for cutting on (like a piece of wood, an old hardback book, a large magazine etc.)

Magazines from a range of sources for cutting up including: newspapers, fashion magazines, a national geographic, plus anything else the student wants to use for collage.

Glue stick

Craft Knife and/or scissors

White A3 Paper = 5 pieces per student


Bring at least 1 of each of the following kinds of objects to the next lesson (session 4):

Something Spongey (e.g. a sponge, oasis, foampad, piece of felt, etc.)

Something Long and Thin (e.g. a role, stick, hose, cane, pole etc.)

Something Round (e.g. a football, watermelon, hula hoop, pom-pom)

Something Heavy (e.g. a brick, a bag of sand, something made of metal)

Something Light (e.g. a balloon, some feathers, length of fabric)

Something in Multiple (e.g. clothes pegs, box of latex gloves, 6 pingpong balls, a box of nails etc.)

Something Cultural (e.g. a book, a souvenir from a holiday, a postcard, a musical instrument etc.)

Something Soft (e.g. a cushion, a duvet, some cotton wool etc.)

Something Colourful (e.g. a block of plasticine, colourful plastic object etc.)

Something Mechanical (e.g. a bicycle wheel, a sewing machine, an iron, a skateboard etc.)

Something Animal (e.g. feathers, shells of snails/muscles/crabs/shellfish etc.)

Something Vegetable (fruit, vegetables, a plant – dead or alive)

Something Mineral – A stone, a fossil, a snail shell, a brick, a piece of scrap metal, driftwood, firewood, a metal watering can, a wooden birds nest, a small domestic sculpture or ornamental object etc.


Students working on self-directed projects. Bring all materials from previous sessions student wants to work with, plus anything else you want to work with.

The technical requirements:

  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you
  • Access to two separate web browsers, we recommend Safari and Google Chrome

  • A headset with microphone/headphones is recommended
  • Webcam

Meet the Tutor:

This Fine Art short course for 16 to 18 year olds allows you to immerse yourself in fine art as you spend a week working alongside a practising artist. You will explore and experiment with materials as you find new ways of expressing your ideas

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