Our Life Size Figure Sculpture Masterclass had some fantastic results this August! Students created a full human figure model from clay, working both with a life model and self-directed without a model. Lasting four weeks, each student completed a fully formed sculpture. The finished works are a testament to the course; they are fantastic studies of the model’s form.

We have some spaces left on part-time courses starting this September. Our part-time courses take place one day a week (10am – 5pm) for ten weeks at our Mermaid Court site, near London Bridge. They offer in-depth skills training across painting, drawing, printmaking, photography & video and sculpture, under the expert guidance of eminent practising artists. You’ll learn in small groups of no more than 15 students, giving you a hands-on, tailored experience.

In partnership with The Open University, we are delighted to announce that we’ve launched its validated BA (Hons) Fine Art and Foundation Degrees in Contemporary Portraiture and Sculpture.

Our private views, held on 3rd and 11th July, were buzzing with interest about our graduates’ work. Artworks were exhibited across the three floors of our Newington campus building, covering a wide range of media and subjects. This year’s exhibition included a number of inspiring works, with many sharing some really moving messages. The show marked a significant stage in our graduates’ aspiring careers, which we are very excited to be a part of. Congratulations to all of our graduates for putting on such a great show!

Well done to Sculpture Diploma student Jo Holt, the winner of the 2019 Surrey Sculpture Prize! Her piece, ‘Eye of the Beholder,’ comments on the tragedy of coral bleaching and the brilliance of biofluorescence, and explores how a change of perspective can bring life into a new light. Jo was awarded £500 cash, a 12-month membership to the Surrey Sculpture Society and a future exhibition opportunity.

Join us in congratulating AAL Contemporary Portraiture student Paul Starns, who won the AAL Drawing Prize 2019 (of £100) with his fantastic life model drawing. Among a number of other excellent submissions to the competition this year.

Congratulations to our Professional Development Programme Leader, Briony Marshall, who has had her design shortlisted for a public sculpture commission in Leeds city centre.

Life Painting

We have a few spaces left on weekend short courses this summer term, offering high-level tuition across a range of mediums – take a look at some highlights here, including Printmaking for Beginners, Weekend Creative Mix, Intro to Oils and our Painting Masterclass with Andy James.

crayon drawing of student

Earlier this week, students on our Contemporary Portraiture programme staged a three-hour life drawing class on the lower concourse of London Bridge station. The class was hosted in partnership with Network Rail and Space and People, and was led by Contemporary Portraiture students Kate Linden and Ruth Swain. Members of the public joined in to try their hand at drawing our model, and a few even sat for complimentary charcoal portraits!

Starting 1 April, AAL student Martin Pirongs is undertaking a two-week walking project, ‘M25 Man’, to configure the outline of his own body on a giant scale. Taking a line for a walk, nearly 200 miles long, to create a unique connection with a city. Harnessing the art of GPS technology and the age-old power of walking – by pavement, path, road (and occasional field)…