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Fine Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Fine Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Sam Derounian


Join Fine Art Studio for teenagers and experiment with a range of materials and techniques as you experience life as an art student at Chelsea College of Arts.

To provide context to your work and artistic development, you will gain inspiration from reflecting on prominent fine artists from more recent times – exploring the methodology and meanings behind their work.

By comparing and contrasting different ways of working, you will learn to create your own visual language and translate this into your own fine art project. A culmination of your development work and final project outcome will be exhibited at the end of the course.

Topics covered
  • Artist case studies
  • Fine art materials and processes
  • Mark making
  • Exploring scale
  • Idea generation
  • Developing a fine art project
Course outcomes
At the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the work of modern and contemporary artists and how they have influenced the art world. You will have experimented with a variety of techniques and learnt how to translate ideas into a fine art project. You will also have gained skills in drawing and mark-making.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at anyone aged 14 - 17 years with an interest in art and design. You may looking to experiment more with different techniques or to start building up a portfolio of work for university application.


Tutor Description

Sam Derounian is an artist, educator, and curator based in London. He was educated at the Glasgow School of Art (BA, 2011) and The Slade School of Fine Art (MA, 2017). He has exhibited internationally and has consistently been awarded public funding to produce new bodies of work for exhibition - by Creative Scotland (2012) and the Danish Arts Council in (2013-5). 

In 2016 he curated a group exhibition (Un)doing, (Un)making. at Hardwick Gallery, University of Gloucestershire around his research interests into the intersections between art and post-dramatic theatre. He is an associate lecturer at UAL Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts and has previously taught at the Slade School of Fine Art summer school. 

He has also previously worked as an assistant to Turner Prize-Nominated artist Jim Lambie, and as has worked as a gallery technician at White Cube, Hayward Gallery, Lisson Gallery, and Camden Arts Centre. 


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

  • A selection of pens and pencils
  • Phone/camera
  • Sketchbook

And any other drawing materials you already have, i.e. fine liner, biro, highlighter.

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

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

Available dates