Course Code E2302D05
Tutor Carl Randall
Course Dates Fridays: 12th January to 22nd March 2024
Times 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Experience Level Ages 18+, All Levels
Fee £630

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

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 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. 

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Analyse the work of others and apply findings to their own work
  • Apply creative visualisation techniques in the development of an imagined composition
  • Develop and apply drawing skills
  • Create an original (imagined) composition
  • Research, plan and complete a self initiated project

This course is suitable for all levels, though some prior drawing or picture-making experience is recommended.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Carl Randall is a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art, The Royal Drawing School London, and Tokyo University of Arts Japan. He is the winner of the BP Travel Award at The National Portrait Gallery, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Nomura Art Prize Japan, as well as several other awards. He has had several solo exhibitions in London and Japan, with group exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Jerwood Gallery, Flowers Gallery, The Mall Galleries, Christies New York & London, Tokyo Art Award, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Arts; as well as participating in art fairs in Switzerland, Turkey, Japan and Taiwan. His work has been the featured on the BBC World Service and CNN, and can be found in the collections of University College London Art Museum, Tokyo Geidai Art Museum Japan, Foundation Carmignac Paris, and The Royal Collection (being commissioned by HRH Prince of Wales), as well as in private collections in the UK, Japan, Australia and USA. His fine art prints are in the collection of Cambridge University, the National Poetry Library, London Zoo, and Channel 4 News Studios. He was invited to be artist in residence in Hiroshima City to paint portraits of survivors of the Atomic Bomb, and at the Grand Prix Formula 1 Races in Japan. His BP Travel Award display of sixteen Japan paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013 was accompanied by ‘Japan Portraits’ – a catalogue illustrating paintings and drawings made during his stay in Tokyo. The exhibition then travelled to Aberdeen Art Gallery Scotland; Wolverhampton Art Gallery England; and The Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Shizuoka Japan. Carl’s website: 


Please see the ‘what you’ll need’ sections above for full details on what to provide.

A clay modelling kit is provided for the first session which focuses on maquettes for the duration of the class to each student. Each kit contains the following: 

  • B10 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B8 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B7 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B6 Tiranti wooden tool
  • BM11 Tiranti metal tool 
  • Aluminium Calipers 30cm
  • Plumb line 

If you do not have your own drawing materials, there is an option to order a Drawing Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class.  

  • A Drawing Pack (£25.00) 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 ​Derwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry
  • One putty rubber​ in a box​
  • One eraser
  • O​n​e auto lock knife 

Certain materials can also be purchased from the Academy shop during shop hours. Please check in advance of your class if the item you require is available, as the Academy may not have this in stock.

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”.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • 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.
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  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

From: £630.00

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