The Art Academy offers an unrivalled selection of courses for individuals who want to develop their skills and ideas, whether they have no previous instruction, or are returning to art school to further develop their skills.
Our Part Time courses are usually one day a week (10am– 5pm) in term time, lasting from two to ten weeks. We run courses in: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography & video and sculpture. Some have a specialist focus, while others are more broad-based. Students can take one stand-alone course, or a combination. Each course is a component which can be built into a longer-term, progressive programme of study.
Our tutors are professional artists chosen for their expertise in each area of study. With class numbers kept to a maximum of 15, the tutor has plenty of time to give individual and detailed attention to each student.
Material packs can be purchased with some of our courses. Please check the details of the individual class. You can also buy an Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting or Drawing Pack individually on our Materials Page.
Please note, our courses are only suitable and available for students 18 years old and above. If you are 17 and keen to apply to a particular adult course, please ring the office and in some instances we may be able to accommodate you. We also have variety of courses specifically designed for under 18’s as part of our Young Artists programme.
- Drawing into Printmaking£495.00Course CodeD1702PR07TutorSue CorkeDatesMondays, 8th January – 19th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495Drawing is integral to printmaking. During this course you will use observational drawing to develop a series of prints and use the potential of different methods of printmaking to move backwards and forwards between print and drawing. Using print techniques related to monotype (drawing into a field of ink with a range of implements), etching and drypoint (drawing with a needle into media such as plastic or metal); and various reproduction, collage and transfer methods, you will produce a series of prints which have moved through stages of development from observational drawing through to print and back again. Printmaking expands the possibilities of mark-making, allowing for repetition, iteration, variation and collage. It can provide the artist as a draughtsman with a degree of separation from the work they are producing which significantly changes the creative experience.BOOK COURSE
- Images & Pictorial SpaceFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P14TutorNeil MorleyDatesMondays, 8th January – 19th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495The course will investigate the saturation of images in contemporary society. The proliferation of digital images in society has had an effect of making the image more disposable and less open to visual critical discourses. The abundance of images presents the painter with an incredible library of images but also major dilemmas in terms of image selection. The course will ask the question of how to be a painter in a culture of images by investigating how painting can still engage in visual critical discourses. Painting has a unique ability to manipulate materials, scrutinise meaning and question the authenticity of the image. The course will also explore how the manipulation of pictorial space can create new and exciting directions in painting – by fragmenting, obscuring and intertwining images into the pictorial space and by using a series of techniques and conceptual approaches that question the normal conventions of background/foreground relationships.BOOK COURSE
- Introduction to Oil PaintingFrom: £350.00Course CodeN1702013TutorNicholas McLeodDatesMondays, 8th January – 19th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 3.00pmExperience LevelBeginnerFee£350This is a well-structured and systematic course for those who have never painted before or want to reassess their approach to painting. Students learn to see colour, shape and tone, and to relate all these elements together in compositions. This course aims to foster self-confidence and enjoyment of painting in a stimulating environment. Working through a series of exercises you will gain experience and skills in painting still life, self portrait and the interior. Whilst also exploring a more creative approach to painting, helping you establish your own style and identity. This course is a fun and relaxing experience, offering plenty of guidance from the tutor. Please Note: This course takes place at our Newington site, 155 Walworth Road SE17 1RSBOOK COURSE
- Moving Image & Modes of Display£495.00Course CodeD1702C101TutorLevin HaegeleDatesMondays, 8th January – 19th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course will give you an opportunity to work with video over 10 weeks and consider its final realisation for display in a chosen setting. The course starts with an introduction into recording material digitally and editing it with video and audio software. There will also be a special off-site workshop that will push you to work quickly in a group and respond to a new environment through time based media. The remainder of the course will be devoted to realising your own project in a chosen location, considering how site could affect and inform the work. We will also discuss how different modes of display can be interpreted and in turn how they can be exploited. You will also be encouraged to consider how culture today and our familiarity with the “screen” could affect the presentation, production and content of video.BOOK COURSE
- The Shape of ColourFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P15TutorCaroline ListDatesMondays, 8th January – 19th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course looks at colour as form. The approach will particularly enable you to think about colour theory and a synthesis of processes, structure, and surface: consider how you will develop a composition, specificity of colour choice, and surface fracture (handling of the paint). We want you to think carefully in terms of your response to colour itself, it’s fluidity, scale and dynamic juxtapositions. The context and theory will be important in underpinning your initial exploration. Your relationship with the mechanics of painting will develop from initial drawing and collage experiments. We will be looking at Jan Van Eyck to Matisse and through to the colour field painters such as Rothko or Hoffman.BOOK COURSE
- The Photographic Image£495.00Course CodeD1702C102TutorLevin HaegeleDatesTuesdays, 9th January – 20th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495Starting with the fundamental principles of photography, you will learn how to correctly expose images and develop a greater understanding of the medium in relation to today’s digital culture. The course includes a thorough overview of all aspects of using a digital camera and over the 10 weeks you will learn about Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Focusing, Depth of Field, Lighting and everything else you need to successfully take photos in a variety of environments. This course is intended for students with their own Digital SLR and your experienced tutor will guide you step by step through the functions on your individual camera model. Students will also be taught Photoshop with a focus on how the software can be used for the retouching and collaging of photographs. Through this series of workshops, assignments, and discussions students will learn about the technical nature of photography as well as pursuing their own interest in subject matter.BOOK COURSE
- Essential Skills for Drawing & PaintingFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702DD73TutorTBCDatesWednesdays, 10th January – 21st March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course is a wonderful introduction to understanding the fundamental principles of drawing, and how to apply them to convincingly depict the figure, objects, and space. The programme is packed with techniques designed to build confidence and knowledge in drawing, such as improving observational skills, understanding how to create volume and presence, and measurement to achieve scale and proportion. The course moves from drawing into painting for the final four weeks, demonstrating how drawing and painting can interact through an experimental mixed media piece, followed by a two-week full life figure painting, using the skills of measuring, proportion, tonal values and volume, learnt in the first half of the course.BOOK COURSE
- Exploring Current Trends & Styles in Portrait PaintingFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P33TutorRobin-Lee HallDatesThursdays, 11th January – 22nd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelIntermediate/AdvancedFee£495We will be watching videos, looking at articles and monographs and other art publications on contemporary figurative artists and discussing their style and subject matter in order to get a better understanding of what options are available in our own development. This will be followed by practical investigation with a different focus each week, inspired by an individual or group (school) of artists.BOOK COURSE
- Intaglio: Spitbite, Sugarlift & White Ground£495.00Course CodeD1702PR06TutorSue CorkeDatesThursdays, 11th January – 21st March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course focuses on painting through etching; an intaglio approach to print, originally utilised by Francesco Goya to combine the tone of aquatint with the daubing and spraying of painterly brush marks, as beautifully demonstrated today by Norman Ackroyd, RA. Using a low toxic saline sulphate mordant, students learn to paint with sugar and etch both aluminum and zinc plates to realise a series of print editions. Guided by one to one tutoring from Sue Corke, Head of Print at The Art Academy, you will expand your knowledge and develop a self-led project.BOOK COURSE
- Introduction to Painting: Still LifeFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P37TutorCaroline BaysDatesThursdays, 11th January – 22nd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This will be an inspiring course designed to support individual interests and abilities. The course aims to teach an understanding of the genre of still life. You will learn about composition, colour theory, setting up your own still life, painting techniques and the general craft of painting. There will be demonstrations by the tutor and regular critical evaluations.BOOK COURSE
- PAINT – Mixed Media, Surface, Process, & AbstractionFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P35TutorAlison HandDatesThursdays, 11th January – 22nd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This exciting and experimental course aims to explore, test, and discover the properties and potential of a range of traditional and non-traditional paints and surfaces. Over the ten weeks, we will expand and develop our understanding of what paint can do, and the specific material qualities of numerous paints. We will investigate how various paints - including acrylics, spray paints, and gloss paints - feel and handle, and how we can use different approaches with them such as process, chance, transparency, and found surfaces. Throughout the course we will explore how modern and contemporary artists use the medium of paint, and take inspiration from them as starting points for our own paintings, along with other ways of creating source material for paintings such as responding to found surfaces, and layering images and collage. We will explore paint as a tactile material rather than purely as a representational medium, thereby enjoying and utilising its plasticity, luminosity and surface texture. We will also be really experimental and playful with the surfaces we paint on, question the role of the traditional rectangular/square canvas, and discover how the use of different and irregular surfaces can create new meanings, visual intrigue and excitement.BOOK COURSE
- Techniques of Figure Sculpture£495.00Course CodeD1702S20TutorDomenica de Ferranti, Laura PostleDatesThursdays, 11th January – 22nd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495The course aims to develop students ability to create expressive, characterful figures, with movement energy and rhythm. Knowledge of form and anatomy is essential to the ability to create expressive figures, so the course begins with some anatomical study, moving on to exploring the figure in movement and then you will develop a number of expressive figures in a variety of materials. In the second 5 weeks you will sculpt a number of different figures, exploring a variety of materials and techniques, culminating in the development of a single expressive piece, using your own inspiration and reference as a starting point. Please note; Moulding and Casting is not a part of this course. Depending on the materials used, the pieces may not be in a finished material (please see moulding and casting information below)BOOK COURSE
- Approaches to DrawingFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702D71TutorEigil NordstrømDatesFridays, 12th January – 23rd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course provides a broad introduction to drawing, looking at a range of basic skills, fundamental concepts in drawing, and more experimental approaches. Each week is structured around a specific key aspect, starting with core skills in observational drawing, through to experimenting with different approaches to drawing including texture, layering, pattern and composition. Our aim is to develop a broad understanding of the practice of drawing, and lay the foundations for further development in other classes.BOOK COURSE
- Imaginative CompositionFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702D05TutorCarl RandallDatesFridays, 12th January – 23rd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelIntermediate/AdvancedFee£495This course will explore the process behind making imaginative figurative compositions. Drawing and visualising images that are in your imagination is difficult to do, this course looks at various techniques artists might use to bring an imagined image into reality. Much of the course focuses on acquiring the skills and information necessary to construct imagined compositions, encouraging a variety of approaches and experimentation, students will also towards the end of the course be encouraged to visualise and develop their own ideas. You will start by examining composition and design in other artists work, using a variety of methods through which to get a feeling for its construction (maquette/model making, sketching, tracing etc.). This will help you to understand the process behind making images, and the journey artists undertake in order to develop ideas. You will look at ways to bring reference material from real life into imaginative works to give them authenticity and also study techniques to help you develop your own forms. Towards the end of the course, you will develop original compositions, beginning with small throw-away thumbnail sketches to generate initial ideas, and by then using appropriate routes, arrive at a finished image that closest represents your aims and ideas.BOOK COURSE
- Materials & Mark MakingFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702D62TutorClare Burnett, Jane MillarDatesFridays, 12th January – 23rd March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495This course investigates the power, possibilities, and meaning of mark making in drawing. Each week we approach mark making from a different perspective, contextualising our work through discussion of contemporary and historical artists who use drawing in their practice. Over the course we move from testing materials and experimenting, collecting site specific marks, through to using time and process to layer marks, and creating drawing devices and objects. Our aim is to develop a deep and vibrant visual vocabulary of mark making in drawing, using a wide and experimental range of tools, materials, and approaches, exploring the potential of both fundamental drawing materials and experimental drawing systems and processes.BOOK COURSE
- Portrait & Figure PaintingFrom: £495.00Course CodeD1702P31TutorRoxana HallsDatesSaturdays, 13th January – 24th March 2018Days10Times10.00am – 4.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£495Taught by experienced portrait and figure painters, the Saturday Portrait and Figure Painting Class will introduce you to different approaches to portraiture and figure painting. This term, Roxana Halls and TBC will look at the Nude Figure. During weeks 1 - 5, TBC will focus on the basic requirements for creating a painting of the nude figure. You will work both in tone and colour, from a series of short poses and then from a long 3 week pose, enabling you each to create your own painting. The class will enable you to work at their own pace, takng account of different levels of ability and experience. In weeks 6 - 10, Roxana will continue to look at issues of proportion, tone and colour, as well as lighting and composition. You will consider how to approach the nude figure to make an interesting painting, rather than just a life painting from the model. You will relate the model to their surroundings, looking at light, tone, negative space, fabric and the potential for creating narrative depth.BOOK COURSE
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