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Fine Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Fine Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis


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

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 You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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.

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