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About Develop Your Art Practice (YP104 Spring)

Develop your art and gain new techniques, skills and insight in to your creative practice. Build your art portfolio and sketchbooks in a nurturing environment designed to increase your confidence as you work towards GCSE’s or A level Art exams or for those who want to make art for fun.

What you will learn on this course

This course is designed to compliment young peoples’ art practice and as they work towards exams or for those who want time and space to enjoy creating art and deepen their artistic practice.

This is an informal course held in a relaxed and comfortable space that allows young people the opportunity to learn from a practicing artist and their peers, with support from like-minded young people.

We aim to take the stress out of exams and bring the enjoyment back into making art.

The course will have a semi structured format allowing for self-directed portfolio development.

The course will include the following areas;

  • Introduction to traditional art skills such as drawing, working with mixed media, paint and print.
  • Observational drawing and assemblage.
  • Encourage students to think critically about their work and take part in ‘crits’ where students respectfully review others work.
  • The tutor will encourage a nurturing and supportive environment.
  • Building a portfolio of art work and portfolio reviews.
  • Identify skills gaps.
  • Develop successful sketchbooks and help students to create their own visual language and artistic style.
  • Build confidence.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 13 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and young people don’t need any previous experience. We provide a learning support worker and all our staff are DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on the course.

The course is accessible for young people of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. The room is wheelchair accessible. A parent or carer may assist their child if required but must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used, and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course materials and equipment are provided

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Georgia Chapman

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025