Following the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown announcement, Art Academy London is pleased to announce we will fully re-open to the public for the Summer Term, starting 12th April 2021. 

Until then, we will continue to offer all courses online, whilst we prepare for the full reopening of Academic and Public Courses for the Summer Term. 

What this means for our Public Courses

  • Programmes beginning this week and next will remain online as scheduled.
  • Easter courses and Young Artists courses will run online. 
  • Summer term courses (evening and weekend) will be held, in-person, at our Mermaid Court & Newington campuses.
  • After we reopen, some courses will continue to run online, where there is demand.
  • Saturday Morning Art Club will continue as usual, please keep joining in the fun on Zoom each week at 10am. 

Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to welcoming you back into our buildings very soon. 

Best wishes, 

Rob Pepper

Principal, Art Academy London 

Last year we welcomed comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan to record an episode for season three of their show ‘Rob and Romesh Vs‘ which aired on Sky this month. After visiting some of the capital’s top galleries they joined our principal Rob Pepper and Academy tutor Laura Postle for a go at the real thing themselves!

Here are some behind the scene photos of the guys getting creative with Rob and Laura! If you want to get creative as Rob and Romesh did, have a look at our short courses starting in Easter.

 

Congratulations to Stage 2 FD Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture) student Jess Routley who won the annual AAL Autumn Peer Prize! Voted for by Academy peers, Jess scooped the £100 cash prize with a large oil painting titled Self Portrait (On no particular day).

Image Courtesy / Jess Routley

Are you looking for a course that will inspire you this Autumn (and get you out of the house)? We have a selection of ‘in person’ evening and weekend courses available throughout November and December. See our highlights below, across sculpture, printmaking and our exciting multi-media Sunday Mix! Limited places are available (with numbers reduced to accommodate social distancing), so be sure to book your place now.

Introduction to Sculpture:

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November, 10:15am – 4:15pm, £170

This 2-­day course is an exciting introduction to basic sculpture skills for beginners and those with some previous experience. Working mainly in clay and plaster and some other mixed media, you will learn a range of techniques then go on to explore your own creative project. You will spend the first day creating a small clay figure sculpture from a life model. On the second day you will develop creative sculpture using plaster and mixed media. Creative designs can be formulated on the day, so you do not need to come prepared with set ideas.

A Festive Introduction to Relief Printmaking:

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November, 10:00am – 4:00pm, £165

Guided by an expert printmaker, this course will show you how to create festive relief prints using woodcut and  linocut. This course is open to all, from complete beginners to those with more experience. To add a seasonal touch to the experience students may decide to print cards rather than paper prints. Either way you can enjoy the opportunity to develop or learn new skills and potentially create gifts for Christmas.

Lino Etching with Steve Edwards:

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December, 10:00am – 4:00pm, £175

This course is ideal for people who are looking to develop their relief printmaking skills. Our tutor will introduce you to a gestural approach to lino, combining the classical skill of carving a lino block with a contemporary approach to etching its surface with caustic soda. Bringing together painterly textures and graphic forms in a colourful multi-block print. The weekend course is a unique opportunity with one to one tutoring from Steve Edwards, a renowned British Printmaker.

Sunday Mix:

Sundays, 4 sessions, 15th November – 6th December, £150

The Sunday Mix is a really fun way to explore a wide variety of artistic methods and media, learn new skills, discover what you enjoy most, and develop creative ideas. Students will work across the different disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Students will have a chance to improve observational drawing skills; try out more expressive sculpture and painting, and learn how to approach the human figure, using a variety of materials and methods.

We’re delighted to announce that BA (Hons) Fine Art students Naomi Cooke-Fleming and Mercedes Balle Quiroga, and FD Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture) students Paul Starns and Ruth Swain have been selected for the LSM Art Awards 2020. This is the third year of Academy students being shortlisted for these awards with previous winners including Helen Stone and Sam King. This year the judges are once again incredibly impressed with our students’ submissions and we look forward to hearing about they’re mentoring with Parker Harris and the specialists from Liberty Specialty Markets.

Thanks to all of your donations, Art Academy London have raised enough money to buy two 3D printers to print protective face masks for NHS staff. Taking only 12 hours to raise enough for one printer and another 4 to buy a second. This is evidence of the brilliant community that the Academy is a part of.

Our Sculpture Pathway Leader, Julian Wild, has printed over 1000 visor bands, which have been sent to several care homes and surgeries. We are now also an NHS supplier, so our visor bands are being sent directly into an NHS pool, to be sent where they are most needed.

We have been really pleased to see photos of the PPE in use at a care-home in Chichester. Thank you health heroes!

There is no doubt in saying that COVID-19 has proven to be an incredibly scary shock to everyone. Just about every strata of our livelihoods has been affected by the virus, in some ways far more difficult than others. From the perspective of the Academy, the virus’s effect on artists and their world had been clearly evident. With cancelled exhibitions, tutorials moving online and our close-knit community being dispersed, it’s been really tough for our artists!

But it has been fantastic to see Academy student’s practices thrive despite social distancing. Many of our students have been taking part in the Artists Support Pledge on Instagram. Started by artist Matthew Burrows, the Support Pledge was designed to encourage artists to support each other through this economic slump. The idea being: artists sell selected artworks on Instagram for £200 each, then once five pieces are sold, they will buy a piece from another artist. With the affordable pricing of £200, the initiative has been designed to be accessible and attractive to a wider group of people.

See the below gallery of our students works being sold on Instagram. It shows the variety of practices that our students work in. Check out BA (Hons) student Scarlett Standen’s innovative drawings and prints and Contemporary Portraiture student Ruth Swain’s clever still life paintings. Our tutor, Kim Whitby, inspired us to get involved with the Pledge and has been selling her watercolours.

We love to see supportive initiatives like the Pledge. It reminds artists that they are not alone, and that their work can be a part of a network, separate from the world outdoors!

This online exhibition, titled ‘Not The Grad Show’, showcases the work that the students have been making during lockdown, whilst their studies have been suspended. Diploma student Jonathan Faragher, created a video of the final works exhibited in a virtual version of the Newington Gallery. This video will go live on Thursday 2nd July at 12pm. It will be hosted on the Art Academy website here, along with individual versions of the work and artist bios.

We would like to invite you all to a Zoom Private View to celebrate the opening of ‘Not The Grad Show’ with us. If you would like to join please fill out the below form to receive an invite link.

UPDATE: Friday 19th June 2020

We are reopening!

Next month the Academy will be reopening for summer school and, from September 2020, welcoming academic students back on site.

As you can imagine, the lockdown has posed challenges for us all here at the Academy but we are learning and adapting and innovating to help us keep things running as normally as possible for all our students and tutors.

Many of you on our academic programmes have undertaken assessed modules online during the lockdown, but we miss the vibrancy and creative buzz that students, staff and tutors bring to the Academy.

At a time when creativity has never been more essential and as the country prepares to ease out of lockdown we have been busy making preparations for a ‘new normal’. Our main priority, of course, is to ensure the wellbeing of our community of staff, students, tutors and models. To this end we will be running a reduced number of courses over the summer.

Going forward there will inevitably be more online and remote teaching for our academic courses. In the meantime we are making changes to our buildings to reduce any risks posed by coronavirus. So, whether you are a returning student, or a new or prospective one wanting to develop the art skills you rediscovered during lockdown, we understand you will probably have questions.

We hope that our Coronavirus FAQs are helpful to you. We have also created a dedicated Keeping the Academy Safe page that will be kept updated with the latest information.

We look forward to welcoming you on-site soon.

As you may have seen in our newsletter a couple of weeks ago, Art Academy London raised enough money to buy two 3D printers to print protective face masks for NHS staff. Donations came to over £10,000, it only took 12 hours to raise enough for one printer and another 4 to buy a second. We were really impressed and grateful for all your donations. It is evidence of the brilliant community that the Academy is a part of.

Our Sculpture Pathway Leader, Julian Wild, has printed 1000 visor bands so far. The protective equipment have since been sent to several care homes and surgeries. We are now also an NHS supplier, so our visor bands are being sent directly into an NHS pool, to be sent where they are most needed.

See the featured photos of our 3D printer and PPE in action at a care-home in Chichester. Thank you health heroes!