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Life Painting for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

The ideas and methods of great painters, past and present, will be also used as inspiration. Come prepared to think differently about what you see and to leave with some great work for your portfolio.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for:

  • beginners wishing to develop their painting skills
  • students considering applying for further study
  • those wishing to strengthen their fine art portfolio

Entry requirements: You must be at least 16 and no older than 18 years old.

Level: Beginners

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 thats 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 compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered

We will work through a variety of exercises around:

  • mixing and applying colours
  • using a variety of palettes (warm, cool, earth colours and so on)
  • understanding tonal relationships
  • appreciating the importance of composition
  • producing a variety of paintings: small and large scale

By the end of the course students will have practiced and developed a number of painting techniques and approaches. They will have developed an understanding of some key skills required to manipulate acrylic paint. They should have more confidence to paint and will have produced a number of figure paintings which could potentially be used in their portfolios.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • several brushes: at least 2 large and 2 small (sizes 2,4,10,12 called rounds) best to have a variety, some round and some flat
  • 2 jars for water
  • palette knife (metal preferable)
  • kitchen roll or rags
  • apron or suitable clothes for painting in
  • large palette or palette pad - best if solid, not floppy
  • spray bottle for water (can be a recycled Windex bottle, for instance)

Large tubes (at least 59ml) of the following acrylic paint colours:
 Black, White, Burnt or Raw Umber, Prussian or Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Lemon yellow, a warm bright red, cold red such as crimson. I recommend packs such as Liquitex Heavybody Classic.

*Please do not bring oil paints. You will be taught oil paint techniques using acrylic paint only.

Please note that we will be painting on gessoed paper, card and board but feel free to bring in your own canvases if you can carry them – A2 and A3 size is good.

Meet the Tutor:

A course for young students considering further study within the arts, this is a great opportunity to hone your visual skills and develop new confidence in your abilities. Using acrylic paint for its quick-drying properties, we will paint from the model working through a variety of exercises around tone, colour and composition.

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