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Chelsea Drawing and Painting

Chelsea Drawing and Painting

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Harriet Hedden, Theokritos Papadopoulos


Join Chelsea Drawing and Painting and develop skills in colour theory, composition and observational drawing. You will also be encouraged to experiment with a range of media, including painting, drawing and collage.

As you progress over the weeks or days, you’ll work on your own compositions using techniques and skills gained throughout the course – creating your own unique visual language.

Basic materials are provided, but you will also benefit from building your own working kit to bring to the class every week.

A sketchbook drawing session in a gallery will be included. Details will be provided by your tutor once you start the course. The course will culminate in a group exhibition in your classroom, of the coursework made, with the chance to invite your friends and family.

Topics covered

  • Drawing: Markmaking 
  • Drawing media/Grounds and surface. Self portrait 
  • Pencil and charcoal on prepared surfaces
  • Colour Workshop 
  • Using and mixing paint. Composition exercise and study in paint.
  • Trip to the Wallace Collection 
  • Sketchbook drawing/Painting prepared surfaces outdoors
  • Drawing/collage
  • Composition Workshop 
  • Work using own reference materials (photographic/ drawings)
Course outcomes
By the end of the course you'll have gained in confidence and created a body of work as a result of exploring different painting and drawing approaches and you will have developed your creative and reflective artistic practice. You will leave with a body of work that can used to put towards a portfolio for future study.

Who should attend
Ideal for anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of art as well as those wanting to build their confidence in drawing and painting. It would especially suit you if you're keen to build experience or you're thinking of applying for further study in art and design.


Online short courses

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

Contemporary Drawing and Painting (Online Short Course)

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Tutor Description

Harriet Hedden is a painter and printmaker and has taught Foundation BA and MA students in London and Europe for over 20 years. She currently teaches UAL Foundation in London and runs a part time Foundation Course for adults in Bloomsbury.

Whilst teaching on the Foundation at Central Saint Martins she developed the Pre-Foundation Portfolio class which she has now delivered at Chelsea for over 12 years. She exhibits internationally and combines different media including drawing paint, print and 3-D.

Read more on Harriet's blog

Kriton Papadopoulos is an artist and he also completed his PhD at Central Saint Martins looking at the development of the Avant-garde. He has organized various community art projects in collaboration with Kids Company, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Academy. He has had solo exhibitions both in UK and Europe, including the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery. He also exhibits his work with aaart gallery, Athens. Kriton has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London since 2003.

View Kriton's work on the ArtSlant website


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A selection of B grade drawing pencils 

  • A selection of synthetic bristle paint brushes

  • One household paint brush (2-3")

  • One A4 drawing pad / sketchbook

  • Basic colours of acrylic paints (black, white, red, blue, yellow plus burnt sienna)
    Plastic erasers

  • One bottle of black Quink (writing ink)

  • Cloths for drying brushes

  • One jam jar for water

  • One roll of masking tape

Please note - Students should make arrangements to take their work home at the end of the course. Any work that is left in the studio, during or after the course, is at a student’s own risk. In such circumstances students should ensure that work is clearly labelled with their name, course title and dates. Work will be kept for no longer than one month after the end of the course. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.

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.

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