Art and Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course)
This online course will help young art students strengthen their portfolios, gain confidence in their abilities and engage with experimentation and generation of ideas. Several areas of fine art will be covered. You will be free to approach your projects in the way you choose and focus on your areas of interest, such as painting, drawing, photography or illustration.
You should expect to find the focused studio atmosphere an inspiration. Some use this experience in order to help them decide on future study choices. Advice on how to produce a portfolio of artwork and its presentation will be available.
The course encourages experimentation and the development of a critical approach to the work produced. As you gain more confidence in your abilities, you will be encouraged to take greater control and responsibility for the direction of your work.
For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.
All our Online Short Courses include:
- Live online lessons with expert tutors
- Practical assignments
- Personal feedback
- Access to VLE with course content
- 3 months online access
- Certificate upon completion
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.
Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.
- Observational drawing and research
- A session where students will draw by looking at a life model (male or female)
- Opportunities to work across a range of art materials and techniques
- Advice on use of materials and methods
- Research trip outside college in a museum, gallery or other location.
Who should take this course?
- Students with an interest in art and design, including complete beginners
- Those who have recently completed a GCSE in art and design, or those studying art at 'A' of 'AS' level
- Students aiming to apply for study art and design at foundation level
- International baccalaureate students aged between 16 and 18 who need to be better equipped to apply to a foundation course
- Students already on a foundation course who want to improve their portfolio for degree application.
Entry requirements: A good command of basic spoken English.
Level: The course is suitable for beginners as well as those already studying art and design.
Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old onlyPlease note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.
Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest.
Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally.
Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).
Take a look ar Ilga's website
These materials are recommended for this course:
- pencils (non-colour)
- pens and markers (biros, fineliners, etc)
- coloured pencils/ markers / crayons
- Pencil sharpener
- A4 cartridge paper x 50 sheets (or sketchbook)
- A3 cartridge paper x 10 sheets (or sketchbook)
- colour paper
- A4 Cutting mat or thick card for cutting with a knife
- Masking tape
- Glue stick
- Paper scissors
- Craft knife
- Magazines / newspapers to cut up (or print outs from the internet)
- Set of brushes
- Acrylic paint in primary colours Red, Blue, Yellow and White
- Inks (if you have them)
- Paper or canvas for painting
- Rags / tissues / pots for water etc.
- Paper, card, string, wire, recycling bin contents etc…
- Old clothing/apron for painting
- Appropriate area for drawing/painting
- Supervision whilst using craft knife/ internet searching
Prior to the start of your course, please ensure you have:
- An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
- Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
- Strong Internet connection, we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net