Course Code SC2104319
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 22nd - 26th August 2022
Tutor Mercedes Balle, Anthony Waters
Days 5
Times 9.45am - 4.45pm
Experience Level Ages 12-14, All Levels
Fee £345
Location Art Academy London, 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

Please be aware that on Friday the course will finish at 4.30pm.

Please note, you must complete a consent form before your child can join our Young Artists programme. This form is available to fill in here. This is an interactive electronic form. You can fill it in and sign online. If you prefer to download the form in a pdf format and/or print a paper copy then you can follow this link. In this case, please email your completed form to shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk or post it to Art Academy London, Mermaid Court, 165a Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR.

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

Materials, including clay, are included in the cost of the course. You will be offered the opportunity to have your clay pieces fired. Hollowing-out is necessary before a piece can be fired. This is optional and additional hollowing and firing costs will apply.

Firing Fees: £15 for a small figure

£20 for a portrait head

£20 for a large figure

Hollowing fees:   £15 for a small figure

£20 for a portrait head

£20 for a large figure

About Your Tutors

ANTHONY WATERS

Anthony makes artworks which explore movement and “aliveness” through an energetic interaction with a variety of media. Apart from being an end in itself, figurative work and studies from nature are sometimes the starting point for the development of more abstract sculptures and paintings. This is often inspired by existing stories, myths and folklore – seeking new expressions of timeless themes. All aspects of the sculptural process and the changes of state involved in production contribute creatively to what is made. Recently alongside portrait commissions he has been a member of the Kiln Rooms, developing freeform sculpture utilising a range of clays, glazes and firing techniques. Shows over the last year include the Chelsea Arts Society annual show, Morley Bronzes exhibition, Kiln Rooms Summer open studios and “Surface” a shop-based exhibition of ceramic art & sculpture.

MERCEDES BALLE

Mercedes is a mixed-media artist, with a special interest in drawing, painting, installation and video. She is interested in reusing building materials to create art about nature, as she sees the layers of construction in the cities as the biggest disconnection between the landscape and herself. Mercedes transforms building materials repeatedly, trying to squeeze out all their possibilities. By doing so she wants to get involved in the circular economy with her art and question the problems of our economy in relation to the environment.

Balle graduated from Art Academy London in 2020. Her work has been exhibited on different occasions in Spain and the UK. In 2020 Mercedes was finalist at Art Jove as well as semifinalist at LSM Awards

https://www.mercedesballe.com

Location

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”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during 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 images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to 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.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

“This was my first art course that I had done out of school and I had such an amazing time!”

£345.00

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Fee: £345.00