Course Code E1803C104
Tutor Aphra Shemza, Lynn Dennison
Dates Thursdays, 25th April - 27th June 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

This course is an opportunity to work with two experienced tutors, and aims to teach skills in two main areas:

1. Spacial installation with video projection – encompassing different approaches to the exploration of space and site through immersive and site-specific installation, and the development of digital media for projection. In the first half of this course, you will develop your own project using video installation, honing and building on new skills, understanding and developing creative ideas, and culminating in finished installations.

2. Kinetic Art – working with wood and plastic to build kinetic sculptures and installations. Using DC and digital motors to create motion and learning how to use the Arduino, LEDs, sensors and other digital components and integrate them into your art practice. In the second half of this course, you will develop a second project using movement, learning new skills such as; working with Arduino, sculpture building, electronics, soldering and the integration of circuitry into sculpture.

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?

Video Installation: From week 2-5 inclusive, you need to bring materials and equipment relevant to the work/projects you are developing. After the initial workshop/ seminar session you will work with Lynn to project plan, and this will inform material choices and best approach to procuring the right equipment and resources.

Kinetic Art: This is a course requiring a lot of materials and equipment, which you cannot do the course without!

You will need to purchase an amount of wood, metal, plastics and electrical items for use for the first 5 weeks of the course – the cost of this should not exceed £15 per student but the exact cost will be confirmed nearer the start of the course , when all items have been sourced. This is payable at the start of term.

There maybe other, individual costs as the course progresses depending on what materials you choose to use for your personal projects. The tutor will cost this out with you as you go along. You are also likely to need to bring in materials yourself, these could be bought or found.

About Your Tutor

Born in Cumbria, England, Lynn Dennison now lives and works in London. She graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 1987 and later completed an M.A. in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Human Traces at Flowers Gallery, New York, Clepsydra at Birmingham University, Waterfall and Border country at the De La Warr Pavilion, and Sweet Thames, run softly while i end my song at the Brunel Entrance Hall, London. She is the winner of the 2015 RBS Sculpture Shock Award.

Aphra Shemza is a London based new media artist working with abstraction, interactivity and light. Exploring New Modernism in the 21st Century, Shemza’s work is multidisciplinary making reference to Modernism with a renewed optimism. Seeking to express herself through radical new technologies, Shemza’s work explores the way in which we might use these tools to imagine what the role of art could be in the future. The way in which the viewer responds to the work is key to how it is produced and it is through their presence that the works come to life creating active participation. In using these interactive devices Shemza’s work is accessible to everyone, no matter what their age, education or background.


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Refreshments and Facilities

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

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court 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: £500.00