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Art and Design Workshops for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Art and Design Workshops for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis, with others


This course has been devised to help young art students strengthen their portfolios and develop their work. You will be encouraged to engage with experimentation and generation of ideas, which will be supported by a sound grounding in art and design principles.

Students are free to approach their projects in the way they choose. In the past this included painting, drawing, photography and illustration.

You should expect to find the focused studio atmosphere an inspiration. Some use this experience of art school 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 the development of a critical approach to the work produced. It aims to help participants boost their confidence in their abilities as they claim greater control and responsibility for the direction that their work takes.

Topics covered

  • Project work will encourage you to experiment and be original.
  • Observational drawing and research are included.
  • There will be opportunities to work across a range of art materials.
  • Advice will be given on the materials and methods as required.
  • Research may entail some guided work outside college in a museum, gallery or other location.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable to any students with an interest in art and design, including complete beginners who want to explore materials and techniques.

It is ideal for those who have recently completed a GCSE in art and design, or those studying art at 'A' of 'AS' level who are thinking of applying for study at an art college at foundation level.

International baccalaureate students aged between 16 and 18 who need to be better equipped to apply to a foundation course in art and design would also benefit from the course.

Some students already on a foundation course have used this course 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 and who are aiming to go on to further studies.

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

Tutor Description

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).

See Ilga's websites and


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A4 size sketchbook
  • a selection of paint brushes in different sized (small, medium, large)
  • selection of HB - 6B pencils
  • plastic eraser
  • scissors
  • roll of one masking tape (1 inch size)
  • a camera would be useful to record the work produced

Please note that depending on your chosen project, for more ambitious work it may be necessary to buy a few extra specialist materials.

Material supplied by the course

We will provide a range of paper in different colours and card for you to work with, as well as charcoal, acrylic paint, markers, metal wire, clay, PVA glue, glue guns, cutting knives and scalpels.

Available dates