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 day 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.
- Abstraction IFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P002TutorMagdalena BlasinskaDatesMondays, 17th September - 26th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelIntermediate/AdvancedFee£500This abstract course is for both 'figurative' and 'abstract' artists, it will assist you in understanding some of the principles of abstract art and the connection between representational art and abstraction. Abstract artists draw from a vast range of stimuli, (visual, audio, kinetic, pure emotion or concept) it is all about distilling an experience to its essence. Over the ten weeks you will examine new visual languages, different methods of applying (and removing paint) and learn to hone their compositional eye. Analysing the works of many abstract painters will form a key part of this course. You will gain an understanding of how to organise space and colour, how to make more ‘evocative’ and less ‘literal’ gestures, and look in more detail at the general terminology and language of abstraction.MORE INFO
- Composition in Contemporary PaintingFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P005TutorAlison HandDatesMondays, 17th September - 26th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelIntermediateFee£500This course explores the structure of painting, investigating how paintings are put together and why. Moving beyond traditional expectations of the word 'composition', you will work towards an in depth understanding of how paintings communicate. You will explore these themes through painting and will be encouraged to push and develop the work in terms of a painterly vocabulary, scale and surface. Each theme will be actively contextualised by looking at and discussing a range of relevant contemporary and modern artists. There is a strong emphasis on why throughout the course, and you should be prepared to challenge your own assumptions about painting and to really develop your individual painting language.MORE INFO
- Painting Portraits from the MastersFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P009TutorGiles LesterDatesMondays, 17th September - 26th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelIntermediate/AdvancedFee£500Learning how to paint portraits from the Masters has long been a tradition in figurative art, with Master painters themselves learning from their forebears; this course will continue this tradition. The aim of the course is to give students the opportunity to study and analyse the approach taken by great portrait painters from history by undertaking in-depth study of paintings by the Masters, you will learn to apply something of the techniques and approaches used by these artists. This course gives you a valuable insight into how these artists worked and will help you to think about how to paint a portrait and how you could develop a painting. Your tutor will first discuss some of the techniques used by the artists. Then, working directly from the paintings in a London gallery, drawing on site and painting in the studio, you will analyse and create copies of well-known portraits. For the final part of the course, the class will develop portraits of their own, influenced in some way by the portrait you have been copying.MORE INFO
- Sculpture in Practice£500.00Course CodeE1801S001TutorLynne AbrahamsonDatesMondays, 17th September - 26th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500The purpose of this course is to give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of sculptural forms, language, materials and processes. Throughout the class the tutor supports each of you individually to develop your own approach and visual language through the exploration of materials and techniques. Some may also wish to focus on a particular area of interest or line of enquiry. For those wishing to explore materials or who are unsure about which materials to use for their ideas, there is a core course to follow. This core course follows a number of structured exercises that enables you to experiment with the different materials and processes introduced. When working from the model, the emphasis of the exercises is to create sculpture using the life model as reference, rather than doing a technical study. Those who do not wish to follow the core course can work on their own projects in this class. The availability of a life-model for part of the course allows students to use the human form to express emotion, energy or character and question what the human form/body means to them as a source of artistic inspiration. This in turn leads to a more developed understanding of how to use all sculptural form (figurative or abstract) and to understand the subtlety needed when choosing the appropriate formal language, materials and processes to best express their sculptural ideas. All of these aspects will equally be covered as structural/compositional principles to suit their needs should you not wish to use the model as reference. The tutor will carefully take you through a creative process, with structured guidance in the creative and technical processes. Students are free to create sculptures at any scale and in the material of their choice. This programme is an important opportunity to develop the skills to create sculptures that have expression as well as being technically accomplished.MORE INFO
- Advanced Clothed Figure PaintingFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P003TutorRoxana HallsDatesTuesdays, 18th September - 27th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAdvancedFee£500Advanced Clothed Figure painting is an ideal opportunity to develop a number of different aspects of painting, from an understanding of colour mixing, tonal painting, proportion and figure drawing, through to composition, creating a likeness, developing narrative in the work,formal elements of design and working with costume and fabric. The aim of this course is to teach students how to develop ideas from initial sketches and the refinement of ideas through to developing coherent work. The class is structured for more advanced students who perhaps have a clearer vision of what they want to achieve. We will cover some of the techniques an artist can deploy when building a clothed narrative portrait. Our emphasis will be not only on creating a likeness and looking at compositional approaches but also developing an understanding of how to paint fabric & drapery, we will discuss specific methods for tackling the delineation and volume in the shapes, shadows and folds of different types of garments. Students for this course require a reasonable level of experience in both drawing and oil painting.MORE INFO
- Multiplate Relief: Linocut & Woodcut£500.00Course CodeE1801PR001TutorTheo Ereira-GuyerDatesTuesdays, 18th September - 27th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500Explore ways of creating striking images by working with traditional and contemporary multi-plate printing techniques, combining hand cut relief plates on wood and linoleum. You will learn to work with Japanese woodcut tools and to mix and print with colour inks in register using a mechanical press.MORE INFO
- Painting in PracticeSold OutCourse CodeE1801P008TutorNeil MorleyDatesTuesdays, 18th September - 27th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500This is an exciting course which helps you discover what it is about painting that motivates and inspires you. The aim of this course is to teach students how to develop ideas from initial sketches, refinement of ideas through to developing coherent work, as well as developing skills and techniques that you need to develop your practice. Students will be encouraged to adopt a disciplined creative thinking dialogue in their painting practice which will enable a more informed approach to their work. The class is structured for beginners whilst also being open for more advanced students who perhaps have a clearer vision of what they want to achieve. The course begins by looking at different ways into starting a painting, working from sketches, memory and photos. It then goes on to explore your own subject matter where you will be guided step by step through the stages of developing your own painting. You will have the opportunity to develop your technical knowledge and to progress your vision as an artist.
- Drypoint, Carborundum & Collagraph£500.00Course CodeE1801PR002TutorKatherine JonesDatesThursdays, 20th September - 29th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500This course focuses on employing both intaglio and relief techniques with collage and cardboard plate making, whilst also allowing for focus on the hand drawn image. You will learn to work with aluminium plates to make drypoint images, which can be further combined with carborundum to develop a fast and immediate style of printmaking. This course is ideal for students who wish to bring their drawing, texture and colour skills to the print studio, to complete a series of multi-plate colour prints. Guided by one to one tutoring from Katherine Jones, a British printmaker with extensive professional printmaking experience, you will expand their knowledge and develop a unique self-led project.MORE INFO
- OilsFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P001TutorRobin-Lee HallDatesThursdays, 20th September - 29th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelBeginner/IntermediateFee£500Suitable for both beginners and intermediate students, this course teaches a basic understanding of how to work in oil paint, covering equipment, surfaces, handling and applying the paint, tonal awareness, working with a limited palette, understanding colour in relation to tone, composition and use of light sources.MORE INFO
- Techniques of Figure Sculpture£500.00Course CodeE1801S004TutorLaura PostleDatesThursdays, 20th September - 29th November 2018Days10Times10.00am – 5.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500This course offers students an opportunity to work in clay whilst studying directly from the life model; combining modelling skills and creativity with anatomical knowledge. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced sculptors, this 10 week course will enable students to sculpt the full figure on a half-life scale. Through learning various techniques in observation, measurement and use of a plumb line, students will understand the essentials of construction as well as the importance of capturing gesture and proportion. More advanced students will have the opportunity to push in a more personal direction; with the potential to produce larger scaled and more specific work, such as a torso.MORE INFO
- Portrait & Figure PaintingFrom: £500.00Course CodeE1801P004TutorDavid Caldwell, Roxana HallsDatesSaturdays, 22nd September - 1st December 2018Days10Times10.00am – 4.00pmExperience LevelAll LevelsFee£500Taught by experienced, preeminent portrait and figure painters, the Saturday Portrait and Figure Painting Class introduces different approaches within portraiture and figure painting. This term, David Caldwell and Roxana Halls will look at capturing the character of the sitter through portraiture and creating a narrative. During weeks 1 - 5, David Caldwell will look at structure, tone and palette discipline to create expressive well-structured paintings that capture the essence of the pose. In weeks 6 - 10, Roxana will work with you to engage with tonal structure, strong composition, and the use of lighting, props, fabric and narrative.MORE INFO
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