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Contemporary Art and Design for 14 -17 Year Olds

Contemporary Art and Design for 14 -17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Daniel Wallis


Join Contemporary Art and Design for teenagers aged 14 to 17 years old, and work with a practising artist to explore processes of making artwork and developing ideas in a similar working method to those we used at art college.

We will at look at modern and contemporary artists’ work, through a visit to Tate Britain. With a focus on learning about artistic practice and developing ideas, you will experiment directly with materials - outside of a sketchbook. Please make sure you bring a camera to document this, so you can add images to your sketch book when you get home!

You will also investigate scale and the impact of creating work in different sizes and formats. In the second half of the week, you’ll develop your own project, with your tutor, and on the final day present your work in a group exhibition.

Topics covered

  • Learn how to make and present work for an exhibition
  • Researching modern and contemporary artists
  • Developing ideas and talking about your work
  • Documenting your work

Course outcomes
You’ll have made new work individually and in groups and have explored some contemporary art techniques and processes. The planning skills you’ll have developed in making and exhibiting the work can be transferred to organising a portfolio and writing about your work for GCSE. The artists you will have explored can feed into your sketchbook and research.

Who should attend

Anyone between 14 and 17 who wants to learn about the artistic process, from generating ideas to hanging an exhibition. It’s ideal if you want to add some work to your GCSE portfolio or just explore your flair and creativity.


Tutor Description

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Daniel Wallis has worked with various galleries and museums including Tate Modern, Whitechapel, the Hayward Gallery and The British Museum running projects and courses that help people to explore concepts, generate ideas and make personal Interpretations. These projects have allowed Daniel to work with a diverse range of people including school groups of all ages, senior groups, families, and youth groups, often involve collaborating with other artists, film-makers, storytellers, historians, architects, actors, scientists and musicians.

He uses his work in these galleries and museums directly in his own artwork which explores the way we use knowledge and experience to make personal interpretations of artwork, objects and the world. 

Take a look at Daniel's website


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A sketchbook

  • Paint brushes

  • Drawing Pencils (These aren’t essential as paper, materials and equipment is supplied for students to share, but often students may prefer their own)

  • A digital camera or camera phone to document the process of making work.

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.