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Fine Art Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Fine Art Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
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This Fine Art Residential course offers students an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary Fine Art education. This two week course provides a dynamic and immersive learning environment with a strong emphasis on experimentation, collaboration and interdisciplinary exploration.

The course will prepare students for approaches to working and thinking that are key to ongoing study at university level. Tuition is by practicing contemporary artists who teach on the Fine Art programme at Central Saint Martins. They will guide students through a supportive and mentored context in which to experience the radically open possibilities for creative expression within contemporary Fine Art.

For students of Fine Art at university level the studio environment at college is a kind of laboratory where processes of making and inventive thinking take priority over technique and the production of finished artworks. Participants in this summer school will be encouraged to take risks and push the boundaries of their ideas about art over and above producing work for their portfolios: the emphasis is on equipping students with appropriate conceptual tools and participants are as likely to come away with valuable documentation of experiments and research as with finished work.

The first week of the course will be dedicated to group learning activities and workshops, supported by group discussion and relevant slide talks, covering key ideas including:

  • Site-specificity and found materials (3D workshop)
  • Appropriation and found imagery (2D workshop)
  • New Media (working with new technologies and performance workshop)
  • Interdisciplinary (time based media and installation workshop)
  • Critical Studies and Self-Reflexivity (theoretical and conceptual approaches workshop)
  • Collaboration

The second week will begin with greater emphasis on individual development and students will be enabled to build on the experimentation of the first week in their own time through one to one tuition, with additional support from guest speakers including leading contemporary artists and recent alumni of Central Saint Martins. In the final days of the fortnight the group will come together again with a collective and collaborative exhibition building on the shared knowledge at the heart of the course.

This course offers an exceptional educational experience for any 16-18 year old who either:

  • Already has a strong interest in studying Fine Art at university level
  • Wants to try out Fine Art in order to help them make a decision about the future direction of their studies
  • Wants to build up their knowledge and experience of the field of Fine Art in preparation for prospective admission to a course at university level

Topics covered

  • Introduction to Fine Art, research and observational drawing
  • You will be encouraged to be experiment and original
  • Opportunities to work across a range of art materials
  • Advice will be given on the materials and methods
  • Research may entail some guided work outside college in a museum, gallery or other location

The studios for the Fine Art summer school are at Central Saint Martins’ Archway campus in North London, which is home to the Fine Art MA courses and Foundation Studies, and adjacent to a cluster of leading alternative contemporary art galleries. Accommodation is nearby at Sketch House halls of residence in Finsbury Park. Both locations are within easy reach both of Central Saint Martins’ main campus at Kings Cross and everything else that London has to offer as a world centre of contemporary art in terms of museums and galleries. Programmed activities during evenings and weekends, including gallery visits and events, will ensure that students are able to make the most of these resources.

Developed by Marc Hulson MA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, CSM

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