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Art and Design Workshops for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Art and Design Workshops for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis


This 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.

Topics covered

  • 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 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).

Take a look ar Ilga's website


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