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Fine Art Studio

Fine Art Studio

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Sandra Akermann


Join the Fine Art Studio where your tutor will place the emphasis on how to be professional as an artist. The course will provide you with a safe and inspiring environment to establish and advance your own artistic practice.

On this course, you will be provided with an insight and overview of the professional aspects of being an artist. You will receive essential information that will help you to evaluate and position yourself in the art market. You will be supported to work on self-initiated projects, at your own pace, as you focus on acquiring a broader understanding of your own body of work.

Your tutor will be available to guide you individually, throughout the course. Through one-to-one and group tutorials you will have the opportunity to confront yourself with your work, present it to others and get feedback.

You will be encouraged to form a network and artistic community with your fellow students, which is aimed to support you, after the course is finished.

Please note this is not a skills based course – students will not receive technical tuition in their artistic medium.

Topics covered?The course will offer short talks on the following subjects:

Topics covered

The course will offer short talks on the following subjects:

  • Essential non artistic skills
  • Being an artist is a business
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Getting you work out there
  • How to put on a show
  • Galleries, alternative presentation platforms
  • Funding, art prizes, scholarships

Course outcomes
By the end of the course you will have built up self-confidence, increased self-motivation and expanded understanding of your own artistic body of work. You will have begun to establish and identify an independent studio practice and vision for the future direction of your work. You will have established a new support network of fellow artists that lasts beyond the course.

Who should attend
Fine Art Studio is designed for artists with an existing practice, who are looking to expand their artistic practice to a more profound and professional level. The course will be interdisciplinary welcoming artists practising in all two-dimensional fields. Students should be prepared to work independently with the aspiration to develop a more self-motivated working practice in future.

Course level
Intermediate / Advanced

Tutor Description

Sandra Ackermann is a fine artist living in Germany and in London, UK. She has studied Fine Art at Staedelschule Frankfurt a. M., Germany and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK. She graduated as Meisterschuelerin from Staedelschule in 2003.

Sandra has worked for more than 15 years as a full time independent fine artist. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows as well as at art fairs internationally including countries like Germany, UK, France, Luxemburg, Italy, Turkey, China and Spain. She has won several art prizes and scholarships and published 4 books on her work.

Her work is represented by Galerie Voss, Dusseldorf, Germanyand Reiners Contemporary Art, Marbella, Spain. Sandra’s work is contemporary figurative painting, drawing and collage. She works in oil on canvas, ink and watercolour on paper and her subject evolves around sensitive observation of contemporary society, reality and truth.

“ …Sandra’s work withstands the tension between pain and poetry. The contradictions are not resolved because they are what breathes life into her characters. Her work is profoundly ambivalent…” Velten Wagner


Please bring the following materials on your first day:

  • Current sketch book if you have one

  • Small portfolio of recent and previous work

  • Fine Art equipment needed for your personal artistic practice

  • The piece of work you are currently working on, or ideas and materials for a new piece/ project

NB: If you are using Oil Paints, please note that studio safe solvent and medium is provided by the college. Students are advised not to bring their own products for health and safety purposes.
Please note that materials are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

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