Course Code SC1804319
Tutor Gail Seres-Woolfson, Lorna Carmen McNeill
Dates Monday - Friday, 19th August - 23rd August 2019
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Ages 12-14
Fee £335
Location The Art Academy, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR
Young Artists is an exciting five day course for ages 12-14 providing high level art tuition, including drawing workshops, contemporary painting, specialist sculpture techniques, and using experimental media. Focused classes create a supportive environment, and there is a strong focus on personal outcomes and solutions to develop independent judgement. Access to specialist materials and facilities improve technical skills, and discussion and presentation sessions build confidence and critical understanding. This course is ideal for those studying a range of arts based GCSE subjects, or wanting to advance their artistic skills and creative confidence.
During this course we’ll cover:
  • How to use a range of exciting drawing techniques and experiment with materials such as charcoal and chalk
  • Key skills for painting the figure, how to plan the composition, mix colour, approach the body and depict volume
  • Using mixed media and collage, understanding abstract approaches
  • Learning new sculptural techniques such as clay figure sculpture
  • Taking an artwork through from concept to completion, and discussing and presenting ideas and artworks

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students between the ages of 12 to 14 and is open to all skill levels.

  • Young Artists - Aged 12-14

    Chose this course if you are aged between 12 & 14. This course is open to all skill levels, whether you love art and are looking to advance you artistic skills and creative confidence or are new to the subject and want a bit of an introduction!

What should I bring?

Please bring old clothes and two jam jars or containers for water. Please also bring a camera/phone to photo document your work.

Preparation for the personal project day: to help develop the personal project, students should bring in a range of images of a place, object, or concept that excites and inspires them.

About Your Tutor


Gail’s paintings reflect her fascination with the urban landscape, figures and stories around her, and an interplay between structure and spontaneity, observation and re-imagining. She has exhibited works around the capital, recently shortlisted for the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, and her work is held in private collections in the UK and internationally. Gail enjoys teaching in a variety of settings, encouraging and supporting students to develop their skills and style with a range of approaches and artistic references.



Lorna Carmen McNeill combines fine art and sculpture with newer light, digital and interactive technologies to create kinetic installations. These are an invitation to enter an immersive experience, a dynamic world of connectedness and creative processes. Through teaching, Lorna aims to facilitate others to unlock their creativity by learning the relevant skills and connecting these to what inspires them, their intention and their art practice. Having completed a foundation course at Camberwell College of Art, study in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, a BSc Hons degree as a Health professional, she then obtained the Diploma in Fine Art at the Art Academy with a First and received an award for her research and innovations into light sculptures. She has had works selected, commissioned and exhibited nationally for a number of locations including KPMG, Nesta, the Barbican, Womad, Kinetica, the Hospital Club, e-Luminate, Wac Arts, The Curve, The Langley Academy, Canary Wharf and the Ugly Duck. She has been awarded two Arts Council grants to fund Residencies, most recently at The Langley Academy where she developed and ran a series of innovative creative workshops for young people of all ages linking science to art through exploring the creative Journey of our Universe. Lorna has wide experience in facilitating and managing creative team building and interactive art workshops for businesses, charities and other groups. She has been involved in a range of community development projects, to collaboratively create artwork for specific events or locations and run workshops. She is an Arts Award trainer and is experienced at mentoring individuals and different groups including emerging artists.



Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

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.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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Places Available!

Fee: £335.00