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)…

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)…

Join us in congratulating Theo James on winning the Art Academy Portrait Prize with his portrait of his mother. Theo, who is a Stage 2 Contemporary Portraiture student, also won The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Portrait Prize with his entry, and will exhibit in the show in November. The prizes were judged by Tim Benson, Principal of the Royal Society of Oil Painters, who found Theo’s portrait to be an example of good draughtsmanship that reflected the mood of the sitter in its colours and palette. We had an incredible array of entries this year and want to thank all the students who entered.

We are delighted to announce that we have allocated funding to offer a bursary to first-year students joining our BA (Hons) Fine Art* and Foundation Degrees* in Contemporary Portraiture and Sculpture in September 2019.

*subject to validation

Rob Pepper, artist and principal at Art Academy London, provides some handy hints for wowing the art school of your dreams and discusses why it’s important to encourage creativity in young people