Course Code OC2001014
Tutor Zoe Toolan
Course Dates Thursdays, 8th October - 5th November 2020
Days 5
Times 6.00pm - 8.15pm
Experience Level Beginner
Fee £145
Location Online

This five-week ONLINE drawing course is ideal for beginners as well as those wanting to improve their knowledge and confidence from the ground up. Your experienced tutor will guide you through various exercises introducing you to key drawing issues, including line, value, form and composition. By the end of the course you will have gained a practical understanding of drawing fundamentals, built up a sketchbook bursting with notes, observational studies and reference sketches, and have at least one fully composed piece.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

About Your Tutor

ZOE TOOLAN

Zoe Toolan is a multidisciplinary artist from the north, now living in Brighton. Social interaction, the nature of experience and our relationship with ‘things’ are recurring explorations within her practice, and she regards any workshop/event she hosts in her role as art tutor/whisky professional as a time-based, participatory happening. Her live art projects have been shown at various locations including Secret Garden Party, she has a piece in the Sluice_ archive, and she has completed design commissions for various bodies including Oxfam.

WEBSITE

www.zklt.co.uk

What will I need

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

For this course basic drawing materials will be sufficient:

  • Various ‘B’ pencils – B, 2B, 4B, 6B etc.
  • Plastic eraser (a standard rubber)
  • Black marker/felt tip pen (any other pens, such as biros and fine liners)
  • Craft knife (for sharpening mediums. You can use a pencil sharpener if you prefer)
  • Sketch book – A4 or A3 (or loose paper if you prefer, but you will need a flat surface/drawing board)
Optional extra materials (tutor will discuss all this during first lesson):
  • Willow charcoal
  • Kneadable eraser (also known as a putty rubber)
  • Graphite stick
  • Brown/grey paper
  • Black paper
  • Chalk

We will not be held responsible for any technical issues that you might experience with your own equipment or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.

Further Details

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is not disturbing the class.
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

Code of Conduct

Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause

Enforcement

If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.

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“Tutor was absolutely brilliant, both in her approach and what she led us to do. A memorable day for me, wish I’d attended years ago. Has inspired me to experiment further in the medium.”

£145.00

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Course Code EC2001023
Tutor Rachael Ball
Course Dates Thursdays, 8th October - 17th December, no class on 5th November
Days 10
Times 6.15pm - 8.45pm
Experience Level Beginner
Fee £275
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This is an interesting course where you’ll combine both writing and illustrating to create your own engaging children’s story. The first five weeks of the course are focused on writing the first draft of your story, including brainstorming a plot, coming up with character designs and partially scripting your story. You’ll develop ideas for a page-turning script and plan a well composed storyboard.

In the second half of the course, you will focus on developing and refining your visuals, experimenting with colour pencil, watercolour and mixed media to find the best way to bring your story to life. By the end of the course, you will have a final set of illustrations, a storyboard, several pages of page layout experiments and an individual action plan to help you turn your story plans into a finished sample for a publisher.

Our tutor Rachael Ball is a published author and an experienced teacher. Her book ‘The Inflatable Woman’ was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel in 2015.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Students must provide their own drawing materials. You will need to bring to your first lesson

  • USB stick
  • 2B pencils
  • Eraser
  • any favourite drawing pens
  • A3 sketch pad, notebook
  • A3 portfolio with plastic sleeves.

Your tutor will advise you directly what to bring in subsequent weeks. Examples of previously attempted work is useful but not essential.                           

Students are advised to bring a USB memory stick with them to backup their work. Though there will be the possibility of storing files on the computers we cannot take responsibility for the safe-keeping of these files.

** Please note all our computers in the Digital Suite are Mac’s and therefore run the macOS operating system, they also all exclusively run Adobe CC 2017 software.*

About Your Tutor

RACHEL BALL

Rachael Ball is a cartoonist and cartoon workshop teacher with 16 years of Art teaching experience in secondary schools. She teaches a ‘How to write, develop and Illustrate Children’s Books’ course at the Art A Her first graphiccademy ‘Graphic Novel Your Life’ master classes at the House of Illustration and Children’s cartoon workshops at the Cartoon Museum. Her graphic novel, ‘The Inflatable Woman’, was published in 2015 by Bloomsbury. It is a semi-autobiographical and surreal take on her experiences with breast cancer. It was listed as a Guardian Best Graphic Novel of 2015 and one of Paul Gravett’s Top 10 British Graphic Novels for 2015. Previously, her work appeared in cult 90’s comic ‘Deadline’, and she has also illustrated for various publications. She is currently working on her second graphic novel, ‘Wolf ‘ (Self Made Hero, 2018), a satire on her experience teaching in Secondary schools, ‘The Patsy Papers’ and a fairy tale for children ‘Shadows.’

She also co-ordinates the London branch of ‘Laydeez do Comics’, which promotes women in comics.

WEBSITE

www.rachaelball.tumblr.com

Location

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

Access to a common room and kitchen is limited while distancing measures are in place. It can be used by up to 12 people (from the same class) at scheduled break times only. The kitchen can be used by 1 person at a time for hand washing and waste disposal facilities only.

Students are currently not able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food. Students are able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available. The payment is contactless.

Mugs are not available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

£275.00

Places Available!

Fee: £275.00

Course Code EC2001036
Tutor Natasha Lien
Course Dates Thursdays, 8th October - 10th December 2020
Days 10
Times 6.45pm - 9.15pm
Experience Level Intermediate
Fee £275
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This course is designed for students who have either completed our ‘Drawing for Beginners’ course or already have some experience of drawing, and want to take their skills to the next level. Over the course, students will explore drawing from observation, memory and imagination, thereby developing a deeper understanding of drawing and greatly enhancing drawing skills. Each week we focus on a particular aspect of drawing. Starting with measurement and explore this in different contexts, so that students will gain confidence in drawing a wide variety of subjects including still life, life models, and urban landscape. Through trying different approaches and materials, students will begin to develop a ‘visual vocabulary’ of drawing. There will be opportunities to work both, inside and outside the studio, and in museums and galleries.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Intermediate level.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

You will need to bring your own drawing materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the Pack, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as pencils, sketchbooks, putty rubbers etc. (card purchases only).

The Drawing Pack contains:

One set of lead pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
One box of medium willow charcoal sticks (25 pieces)
One ​box ​of willow charcoal extra thick​ individual​ stick
One stick of chalk
One box of compressed charcoal sticks (12 pieces)
Six ​D​erwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry
One putty rubber​ in a box​
One eraser
O​n​e auto lock knife (pencil sharpener for Drawing in Museums)

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time

About Your Tutor

NATASHA LIEN

Natasha Lien (b. 1977) is a fine artist in drawing, painting and printmaking. Natasha’s compositions depict people, landscapes and cityscapes working with perspective, colour, tone, rhythm and form. She draws and paints from life and in many locations, from drawing large-scale interiors in the V&A, creating etchings from detailed studies of trees on Hampstead Heath, to painting landscapes in Jordan. After her undergraduate training at Central St Martin’s, Natasha completed her postgraduate studies at The Prince’s Drawing School. Following graduation, one of her drawings Kensington Gardens (138 x 149cm) was selected by Royal Academician Ben Levine for the 2007 Summer Exhibition. The drawing, depicting a view of trees, was given a special mention by Levine who thought it “especially memorable”; it was also featured on The Royal Academy website and in their illustrated catalogue. Following this success, Natasha received a commission for a 4ft x 4ft drawing of The Old Vic Theatre. Other notable drawings include ‘V&A New Court’ and ‘Trajan in the Cast Court’; a solar photo etching of the latter was acquired by the V&A.In 2016 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts acquired two paintings of Petra for their collection. Natasha has shown her work in many exhibitions, including the 2004 and 2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the Friends Open exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the NEAC at the Mall Galleries, Chase Exhibition at The Royal College of Art. She has had a solo exhibition in the Pearson Gallery at The Slade and has exhibited in NOA at Somerset House. Natasha enjoys teaching at The Art Academy, she also teaches privately in her home studio and conducts workshops in schools nationally along with private workshops at The National Gallery.She recently taught a landscape painting course in Tuscany and is teaching on The Urban Landscape:Painting and Drawing London course at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art this summer. Natasha is an accomplished cellist and her early training as a musician informs her drawings of musicians in action. She was artist in residence at Tetbury Music Festival. She plays the cello regularly in a number of orchestras, including the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Public and Private Collections include: Victoria & Albert Museum, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, and HRH The Prince of Wales.

WEBSITE

www.natashalien.com

Location

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

Access to a common room and kitchen is limited while distancing measures are in place. It can be used by up to 12 people (from the same class) at scheduled break times only. The kitchen can be used by 1 person at a time for hand washing and waste disposal facilities only.

Students are currently not able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food. Students are able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available. The payment is contactless.

Mugs are not available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

“The course had a good tutor who also encouraged us to socialise over the 10 weeks.”

From: £275.00