Young Artist : Experimentations with Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media (15-17)


COURSE DATES: Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2024

TUTOR: Gail Seres-Woolfson Farnoush Amini MRSS


TIMES: 10:00am - 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 15 - 17, All Levels

FEE: £360

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In this exciting course for ages 15-17, students will experiment with a range of materials including; paints, textiles, plaster casting and mixed-media. This course aims to help students develop a new range of skills and expand their artistic skillset. There will be time for one-to-one guidance and input from the tutor on days 3 to 5, to further help and encourage students to develop their own ideas and artistic projects.

Throughout the week students will cover working in a range of mediums including:

  • Experimental techniques in acrylic paintings
  • How to communicate ideas and emotions through abstract art
  • Image transfer
  • Creating surreal landscape collage using photography and mixed media
  • Introduction to abstract sculptures using wire and mixed media
  • Using objects from home to create a 3D plaster piece

On the final day students will be able to work on a personal project where they will translate their newfound abilities and ideas into a finished artwork or works in progress using the techniques and media they have been shown.


Recommend booking by: July 15, 2024

Young Artist 15-17

This course is suitable for students between the ages of 15 to 17 only, and is open to all skill levels.

This course is open to all skill levels for students aged between 15 and 17. An ideal course for students who love art and wish to advance both their artistic skills and confidence, or are new to the subject and want a fun and engaging introduction

Please bring old clothes and two jam jars or containers for water.  Please also bring a camera/phone to photo document your work.

Preparation for the Personal Project day: students should bring in a range of images of a place, object, or concept, that excites and inspires them, to help develop their personal project.


Gail’s paintings reflect her fascination with the urban landscape, figures and stories around her, and an interplay between structure and spontaneity, observation and re-imagining. She has exhibited across the capital and her work has been shortlisted for the inaugural Evening Standard Contemporary Painting Prize and the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and is held in private collections in the UK and internationally. Gail enjoys teaching in a variety of settings, encouraging and supporting students to develop their skills and style with a range of approaches and artistic references.


Farnoush is an Iranian artist who lives and works in London. She graduated from the Art Academy London in 2019. She aims to question the divisions created by religion, politics and cultural differences.

Exploring material language, their connection or disconnection to her chosen subject are her main focus. She extensively researches her ideas through documentary footage, articles and photos.

She extracts the most relevant material, symbol or gesture from her chosen subject in order to communicate a hidden message.

Sculpture, installation and performance arts are her way of self expression. She explores material such as concrete, fabric, metal, clay, human hair or ready made objects. By placing familiar objects in an unfamiliar form or space she overwhelms the viewer with a sense of entrapment or unease.

Her works have been exhibited internationally. She is a twice winner of Sheros Revoluciones in 2019/2020 and People’s Choice Award in 2019 by Passion For Freedom Art Festival. She was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2020.

She was invited to be a part of the Political Art exhibition at U-Jazdowski Museum of Contemporary Arts in Warsaw, Poland in 2021-2022. 

Her work has been selected to be part of the collection at Thirsk Hall Sculpture Gardens in North Yorkshire from 2023 to 2024.

She was invited to exhibit at the ING Discerning Eye 2023 at the Mall gallery, London. “


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”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • 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 at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • 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 a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


Young Artist