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Studio Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Studio Art for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Val Mcbride


Join Studio Art for 14 – 17 year olds and waste no time in getting hands on as you experiment with a range of art materials and creative approaches. Working with an experienced tutor you’ll introduced to contemporary artists and their working methods.

Through a series of focused, interlinked exercises you will learn how to think creatively and develop your ideas from 2D into 3D.
There will also be opportunities to reflect and discuss your ideas and work with your tutor and classmates. 

If you have a passion for making and creating, don’t miss out on your chance to join our 3 day Studio Art course.

Topics Covered

  • Character and Mood
  • Portrait drawing 
  • ‘Exquisite Corpses’ (Jake and Dinos Chapman drawing consequences) 
  • Consequences drawings into sculptures.
  • Movement and Performance
  • Gesture drawings using ‘Action’ word bank
  • Kinetic art (Rebecca Horn, Alexander Calder, Fischli & Weiss…) 
  • Kinetic sculpture
  • Planning and sketching
Course Outcomes
You will leave the course with new ideas and ways of making art work. You’ll have a better understanding of what going to art college might be like. You’ll also have made new work for your school portfolio.

Who Should Attend

Suitable for students aged 14 – 17 years. An ideal taster experience for those considering further studies in art and design. No prior experience is required.

Course Level 

Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Valerie McBride is a book illustrator who has worked for several publishers including Oxford University Press, Heinemann and BBC Books.

She is currently an Associate Lecturer on the CCW Foundation course at Camberwell. For the past twenty years she taught at Wimbledon College of Arts, where she contributed to the Foundation course and was course leader of the Pre-Foundation course. She also teaches illustration on Professional Development programmes within adult education for those making a career from their art practice.

She contributes regularly to gallery education programmes, delivering workshops and master classes related to current exhibitions.


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

  • A sketchbook (size A4 or bigger)

  • A digital camera  to document your work (optional)

  • A Biro, pencil, rubber and glue-stick

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.