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Contemporary Digital Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Contemporary Digital Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Daniel Wallis


Join us on this contemporary art course, where you will learn a variety of digital image manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro.

With guidance from your tutor you will develop your skills in collage, distortion, colour manipulation, transition and animation. By exploring and responding to the work of contemporary international artists, who use digital manipulation within their practice, you will have fun creating your own series of new artworks through simple task-based activities.

There will be plenty of opportunity to experiment with techniques and find new ways to independently create work; a fabulous addition to your portfolio!

Topics covered

  • Photoshop skills
  • Colour manipulation
  • Distortion
  • Using layers for drawing and collage
  • Pattern creation
  • Perspective change

Course outcomes
By the end of the course you will have developed your digital image manipulation skills and explored the possibilities of extending your ideas and working practices. On the final afternoon you will insert images of your work into a digital representation of a real gallery. All works created will be digital and can be printed out at home to be included in school sketchbooks, or to form part of relevant school topics.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at students thinking of taking art A-Level and/or pursuing a degree in art. A great way to learn new Adobe Photoshop skills and find out about a selection of international contemporary artists who use computer manipulation in their work.


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.


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

  • A digital camera with relevant card reader/leads
  • Or phone camera with cloud access
  • A USB stick

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

If possible students should upload images of a few chosen works previously made by them in other media such as paintings and drawings to the cloud or memory stick. Alternatively bringing along sketchbook work to photograph and then manipulate during the course is advisable.

Please be advised that this course will be taught using the Adobe Creative Cloud.

You will need an Adobe ID to participate on the course.

You can set this up before the course starts at and select ‘Get an Adobe ID'.

If you already have an Adobe ID, please check your login details still work.

You do not need to subscribe to the software. This is free to students when studying in college on any UAL networked computer.

Please remember to write your login details down safely and bring these along on the first day of your course.

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