Academy News

Autumn term short courses now available to book!

16th September, 2019  |  Published in, Academy News

We have spaces left on evening and weekend courses starting in October across painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, sculpture, ceramics and glass, and art history. You’ll learn under the expert guidance of eminent practising artists, in small groups of no more than 15 students, giving you a hands-on, tailored experience. Take a look at our course highlights below, or see our full list here.


Digital Photography for Beginners (starting Tuesday 1st October): learn how to use your digital SLR without relying on auto mode in this five-week course. You’ll exploreAperture, shutter speed, ISO, file types, composition and everything else you need to get a quality exposure in a variety of environments.

Introduction to Oil Painting (starting Tuesday 1st October): a structured and systematic course for beginners, teaching you how to see colour, shape and tone, and to relate these elements together in compositions with access to a life model. This course takes place at our Newington site, a short distance from Elephant and Castle tube station.

Etching – Hard Ground and Soft Ground (starting Thursday 3rd October): ideal for beginners or repeat attendees, this five-week course focuses hard-ground (fine line) combined with soft-ground (texture) etching. You’ll develop a composition through multi-etching a zinc plate in a mordant of saline sulphate.

Painting for Beginners (starting Thursday 3rd October): learn to see colour, shape and tone, and to relate all these elements together in compositions. Working through a series of exercises you will gain experience and skills in painting still life, self portrait and the interior, while also exploring a more creative approach to painting, helping you establish your own style and identity.


Digital Illustration (starting Monday 7th October): this course will teach you new skills to enhance and create illustrations of both hand-drawn and digitally-rendered images.

Monday Mix (starting Monday 7th October): our Monday Mix has been so popular we’ve added another date! Over the ten weeks, you’ll work across the different disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. You’ll improve your observational drawing skills, learn how to approach the human figure through drawing, painting and sculpture, before rounding off the course with an introduction to printmaking.

Hand Built Ceramics (starting Thursday 17th October): this is a comprehensive introduction to sculptural ceramics, covering clay types and basic core techniques such as coiling, pinching, slab building and surface decoration. You’ll use these techniques to make finished ceramic forms, which can then be decorated with raw glazes and slips for a once-fired finished piece. We also offer our Hand Built Ceramics course on Saturdays (starting 19th October).

Photopolymer Etching (19th & 20th October): in this interesting weekend course, you’ll learn to master an innovative printmaking technique which bridges the gaps between photography, drawing and printmaking – exposing hand-drawn and/or digital positives to photosensitive plates. You will develop a series of photopolymer etching plates throughout the weekend guided by one-to-one tutoring from Frederic Morris.

Introduction to Portrait Sculpture (26th & 27th October): a great weekend course introducing you to the process of sculpture the portrait head from clay. Whether setting out a portrait head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method, or searching for a more expressive manner of approach, you’ll benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural experience.

Sculpture Masterclasses