Course Code E2301P019
Tutor Alison Hand
Course Dates Wednesdays: 20th September to 29th November
Times 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £630 + £22 materials fee

This exciting new course will radically expand students’ understanding of and approach to painting. Expanded painting moves out beyond the easel and the physical limitations of the image to investigate how far painting can go in spatial and temporal dimensions. This course encompasses a myriad of different ways to challenge and extend what painting can be, including deconstructing the canvas, site specific and responsive painting, sculptural techniques and construction, time-based projection, and combining painting with objects to create installations. You will be explore relationships between the image and the object, between two and three dimensions, and between the real and the imaginary, developing a large final project that relates to your individual concerns and subject matter.

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

  • Analyse the work of others and apply findings to their own work
  • Create experimental paintings using different media, surfaces and 3D construction techniques.
  • Create site specific paintings that utilise projections and found objects. 
  • Research, plan and realise a self-initiated project.

This course is suitable for all levels. You should be open to new ideas and to questioning and challenging perceptions. You will need to source your own subject matter and generate ideas to explore.

Alison Hand is BA Fine Art Programme Leader at Art Academy London. Her painting practice creates chaotic imaginary environments and explores the relationship between the illusory and the object. She has also created site-specific painting installations in derelict spaces. She has an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and is currently Artist in Residence for the Kings College London Dreams and Wakeful Consciousness Project. She is a writer and curator, currently working on an extended essay on drawing for Bloomsbury Publishers. She exhibits around the UK and her work has won numerous awards including the Basil H Alkazzi Scholarship; the Gordon Luton Award; and the Stephenson Harwood Award. @alisonhandartist


You will be charged a small fee of £22 for specialist materials provided. This is payable on the first day of your course. The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. Students must provide their own spirits, which can be recycled for longevity. 

We request that you bring 2 small jars (one with a lid, one without) to hold your spirit, and a few cloth rags for brush cleaning (such as an old cotton t-shirt).

If you do not have your own painting materials, there is an option to order an Oil Painting Pack or Acrylic Painting Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class.  

An Oil Painting Pack (£75.00) contains:

A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics

One tear off palette (9”x12”)

One palette knife

One bottle Zest-it (250ml) 

One 10″x 12″ canvas board

One 10″x 14″ canvas board

Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards
8 Daler Rowney Georgian Oil paint tubes in: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Coeruleum Blue.

An Acrylic Painting Pack (£60.00) contains:

A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics

One tear off palette (9”x12”)

One palette knife

One 10″x 12″ canvas board

One 10″x 14″ canvas board

Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards

8 Daler Rowney (System 3) acrylic tubes: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Hue, Ultramarine, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Mars Black.

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”.

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

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • 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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