Course Code EC1902AH02
Tutor Sarah Lightman
Dates Mondays, 13th January - 16th March 2020
Days 10
Times 6.15pm – 7.45pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £170
Location The Art Academy Newington, 155 Walworth Road SE17 1RS

This course introduces central themes in feminist art history and key women artists.  There will be discussion on the writings of feminist art theoreticians and the challenges facing women artists today and how women artists are currently responding to gender inequality in the art world.

Each week will have a different theme including Motherhood, Illness and Violence, where students will be introduced to the work of significant women artists. Students will be encouraged to view art with a critical eye and discuss their responses to artwork. Student engagement with the course can take the form of both critical and personal responses and there will be the opportunity to develop these responses further. There is no expectation that students should have any background knowledge and it is designed for general interest rather than academic study. There will be an opportunity for a gallery visit and also a visit to the studio of a contemporary woman artist.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Please bring a notepad and pencil if you wish. 

About Your Tutor


Dr. Sarah Lightman is an internationally exhibiting and multi-award winning artist, as well as an extensively published scholar. Her fields of research are Fine Art, Feminism and Comics. She completed her BA and MFA at The Slade School of Art, holds a PhD from University of Glasgow, and is currently an Honorary Research Fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London. Her writings have been awarded The Will Eisner Award, and The Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology and a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. Her graphic novel, The Book of Sarah, will be published in May 2019 by Myriad Editions, and she is co-founder of Laydeez do Comics. She has a studio at the Koppel Hive, London



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155 Walworth Road
London, SE17 1RS
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Nearest Tube/ Rail: Elephant & Castle (5 minute walk)

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a Tesco Express and a Pop-up complex with an assortment of eateries along Walworth Road and the food market Mercato Metropolitan just moments from Elephant and Castle underground.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due our Newington site being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
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Fee: £170.00