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New short courses available this Spring Term!

12th December, 2019  |  Published in, Academy News

We have spaces available to book on weekend, evening and short courses this Spring. They offer in-depth skills training across painting, drawing, printmaking, photography & video and sculpture, under the expert guidance of esteemed practising artists. And you’ll learn in small groups of no more than 15 students, giving you a hands-on, tailored experience. Take a look at our Spring term highlights below, or see our full list here.

Art History – Art in France during the 19th Century (Mondays, 13th January – 16th March, 6.15pm – 7.45pm, £170)

Get to grips with 19thcentury French art history in this richly detailed evening course. Each of the 10 classes will have a thematic focus, covering some of the most influential movements in art history. From Neoclassicism to Cubism, your tutor will show you just how much the country’s art developed over the course of the century. With France having always been at the centre of advances in art, this course would be a valuable addition to your understanding of art history.  

Introduction to Sculpture (Tuesdays, 14th January – 17th March, 6.30pm – 9.00pm, £270)

Work with a range of materials and learn essential sculpting skills on this 10-week beginner’s course. You’ll learn the fundamentals of figurative and portrait sculpture, working from a life model as you explore sculpting in clay, plaster, wire and other materials. You’ll end the course with a personal project that puts your newfound skills into practice!

Photography courses:

Digital Photography for Beginners, (Tuesdays, 14th January – 11th February, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, £145)

Digital Photography – Portrait and Still Life, (Tuesdays, 18th February – 17th March, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, £145)

We have some fantastic courses in digital media available at the Academy this Spring. If you want to learn how to use your camera to capture effective photographs, Digital Photography for Beginners will teach you all the fundamental skills needed to do so. And if you’re looking to build on existing skills and learn more about different types of specialist photography, why not try Digital Photography – Landscapes, Portraits and Still Life.

Relief Printing: Linoleum Reduction, (Tuesdays, 14th January – 11th February, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, £165) 

Suitable for all levels, this five-week course will allow you to experiment with the technique of lino reduction. You’ll create an edition of multi-colour prints from one lino block – an exciting and unpredictable way of printmaking, made popular by artists like Picasso. You’ll come up with a design, sketch it out and use specialist tools to carve it into your linoleum plate under the expert guidance of your tutor. You will finish the course with some beautiful prints that you can use as gifts – or keep them for yourself!

Sculpting in Metal (Wednesdays, 15th January – 18th March, 6.30pm – 9.00pm, £270) 

Explore the practical processes involved in making metal sculptures in our ten-week course. It’s designed for those with no experience with metalwork as well as those that are looking to hone their skills. Learn how to work with welders, angle grinders, plasma cutters as well as other tools and machinery in a workshop environment, before creating your own metal sculptures. You’ll also learn about artists using metal, such as Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley and Barbra Hepworth, and will have individual guidance from our expert tutor, Charlie Lang, a practicing artist.

Kiln Formed Glass (Fridays, 17th January – 20th March, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, £280)

This 10-week course is an exciting opportunity to learn all about the magical world of kiln formed glass. You’ll look at glass cutting, and how to fuse pieces of glass together, working with layers, colours and patterns to produce striking pieces. You’ll also look into fusing metal into your work and will explore shading effects, textures and surface decoration techniques. Well-respected glassmaker Maria Zulueta will guide you through the production of different glass effect samples, and the creation of a beautiful final piece that you can take home! This course is suitable both for complete beginners and those looking to build on skills they already have.

Collagraph Printmaking with Katherine Jones (Saturday & Sunday, 25th – 26th January, 10:00am – 5:00pm, £175)

Broaden your printmaking horizons with this fantastic Collagraph course, guided by expert printmaker Katherine Jones. A collagraph print is achieved by applying different textures to a printing plate made from wood or card. First introduced in the 50s, collagraph printmaking is an exciting technique that can have a number of wonderful outcomes! This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience with printmaking.