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Contemporary Painting Practice for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Designed to ignite your imagination, this course will challenge and develop your existing drawing and painting skills through a series of innovative creative approaches.

Using modern practical methods, familiar subjects such as the still life and the nude model will be addressed from a fresh perspective, re-imagining classical art subjects and the surrounding environment in order to create new artworks. A solid technical grounding will form the basis of our approach.

The work created during this course could be ideal for inclusion in portfolios for entry to A-Level or similar courses in Graphics, Fine Art or Design.

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for any student considering further study within the arts. It will provide an excellent creative grounding for young people from all backgrounds.

This course will complement training provided by other short courses for 16-18 year olds, such as ‘Life Drawing’, ‘Life Painting’ and ‘Art and Design Workshops’.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners as well as students with some previous experience wishing to develop their skills further.

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to complement your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered

A stimulating range of subjects, materials and approaches will be utilised, including:

  • still life and figure painting
  • using mixed media such as paint, collage, charcoal, inks, crayons and more
  • introducing new methodologies
  • exploring experimental approaches which will allow you to adapt and take the next step in your making process


Please bring with you to the first session:
•    An A3 portfolio or tube to carry work home with you
•    A Sketchbook
•    Masking Tape
•    Willow charcoal
•    A range of drawing pencils (from 4H to 4b)
•    Putty Rubber
•    Pencil sharpener
•    Drawing inks (any colour, or sepia/black if you prefer)
•    Drawing nib and pen
•    1x Pad Watercolour Paper
•    Small bottle PVA Glue
•    Scissors
•    1x Pad A3 Paper Suitable for Acrylic Paint
•    1 large primed canvas board or small canvases for your final work
•    A palette with wells
•    A range of brushes of differing size and shapes
•    Kitchen towel or old rags to clean your brushes and palette
•    Water pot
•    A range of acrylic paints (including Titanium white, Cadmium red, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow, Lemon yellow, Raw umber,
Burnt umber)
•    Any of your favourite drawing/painting mediums (This can include Coloured crayons, Felt tip pens, Colouring Pencils, Pastels, Biros, Chalk pens, Ink Pens, Watercolour paints, Gouache, Palette Knives, etc)
•     Source Materials to create your work from. (Please consider this carefully; it's important to use imagery which is inspiring and meaningful to you. Anything you bring in can be photocopied, to ensure that the original is not damaged. You could include: Sketches, Photographs, Magazine cuttings, Travel tickets, Letters, Books, Fabric, etc)
•    Do not bring oil paints
Meet the Tutor:

Designed to ignite your imagination, this course will challenge and develop your existing drawing and painting skills through a series of innovative creative approaches.

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