Morning courses will take place online for the summer. They are taught by practising artists, many of whom studied at the Slade and also teach on the Slade Summer School. They are designed to enable students to develop a set of criteria which will enable further possibilities and developments within the wider remit of their own practise after completing the course.
Fridays 10.00am – 1.00pm
23 April – 11 June 2021 / 8 Mornings
18 June- 06 August 2021/ 8 Mornings
This online course gives students the opportunity to explore the core skills of drawing. The emphasis of the course is to explore drawing as a means of articulating form and as a tool for thinking, to encourage students to explore and nurture ideas through drawing, and as a feeder for ideas into their own art practice. Using the concept of perception as the starting point for visual enquiry, we will be working almost entirely from observation. There will be eight sessions of three hours each, taught over 8 mornings. These sessions will be practical and supported by online live teaching, demonstration films and written material. They explore line, space and measure; light and tone; materials and surfaces; composition and proportion. There will be one session dedicated to drawing from old master works in the National Gallery. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials including pencil, ink, white chalk, willow and compressed charcoal.
The sessions have been designed to be worked on at home in a space no bigger than your table top. Students will have access an introductory film a week in advance of the live session to familiarise themselves with the ideas, practical set up and exercises we will be undertaking. Students will have access to our online platform (UCL Extend) where they will be able to find all the asynchronous teaching (videos), instructions for the session and link to the online live session.
Who should take this course?
This course suits a cross-section of experiences from complete beginners, to those who are more experienced but would like to explore the underpinnings and process of drawing.
How does the online teaching works?
Students will have access to pre-recorded materials (videos) explaining the ideas behind the exercises as well as demos, how to set up the space, which materials to get ready and instructions for the exercises in advance of the live session. Each session will begin with an introduction, then students will be given some time to draw and shown how to move into ‘break out rooms’ to talk with the tutor as work progresses. There will be PDF's to support the films that include the transcript, recommended reading material, plus some suggested exercises for progressing with the subject.
Students will be sent a full materials list to purchase what is needed before the start of the course.
You will need to have the following materials for the first session:
A3 white cartridge paper x 2 , A4 sketchbook, masking tape, HB, B and 2B pencils, plastic eraser, sharpener, white blackboard chalk, a couple of newspapers, Biro or fine liner. Drawing board or support of some kind- cardboard or wood up to A2 if possible.
10% discount on Cass Art orders
The Slade Short Course team have collaborated with Cass Art and put a basket together with all the materials needed for each session. This optional materials pack can be ordered from Cass Arts online and posted to you. You have the option to remove and add items to this kit. If you place your order through this link, you will receive a 10% discount on your order: www.cassart.co.uk/SLADESHORTCOURSES
*T&Cs: The offer code can only be redeemed once per person, on online orders over £30. It can’t be used on special promotional days, in conjunction with any other offer, Cobalt Blue Student Card, Viridian Card or for the purchase of gift vouchers, Wacom products and event tickets.
Tutors: Ian Rowlands, Kate Hopkins, Sandra Smith
Short Courses are open to anyone aged seventeen and over.
STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18
Slade Short Courses are designed for adults and the students attending our courses usually span a wide range of ages. For those students interested in attending a short course who are below the age of 18 (17+), we ask you to provide the following documents in addition to the application form so that we may consider you:
- A letter from the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Head of Year or art teacher at your school stating your suitability for the course and
- A letter from your parent or guardian confirming that you will have appropriate accommodation for the duration of the course.
To enrol for the Slade Short Course please use our application form.
Payment should be made using the UCL online store. Places on the short courses will be allocated on a first come, first served basis once payment has been received. Please contact us if you are experiencing any issues by emailing email@example.com or by phone on 020 7679 2317.
The course fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board, where appropriate, and studio space. The course fee does not include materials except drawing supplies for the first session of each course. The fees for the Painting courses include a levy of £15 to cover materials for supports and grounds and some painting mediums. The Life Painting course fee includes a £5 levy which covers a supply of supports and grounds for studies but not your final canvas. You must supply all other materials yourself.
Refunds and cancellations
Cancellations are permitted up to one month before the start of a course, subject to a £25 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than one calendar month before the start of a course. Students who do not attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments do not have the right to a refund. For this reason we recommend that students take out personal insurance against any unforeseeable circumstances before the start of their course.
Before you start
Further course details, a materials list and map will be sent to you before the course begins.
Short Courses take place at the Slade Studios, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB. Nearest tubes are Goodge Street (Northern Line) and Euston (Northern and Victoria Lines). Public transport links can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/public-transport. There are meters and NCP car parks nearby. Please note that we are located within the Congestion Charge zone.
The building may be difficult for students with physical disabilities. It is essential that students with special needs discuss their requirements with the Administrator before making an application. Access to the building is available from fifteen minutes prior to the course start time.
Tea and coffee are provided during the class. UCL Refectory is open in the evening from 5.00pm – 7.30pm selling hot and cold meals and snacks and there are many cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Short Course students are required to sign a Safety Compliance Form as part of UCL Health and Safety regulations. Aerosol fixative sprays and smoking are not permitted in the building. The use of mobile telephones, radios, personal stereos and kettles is not allowed in the studios. Please take care of your belongings at all times and never leave valuables unattended. We regret that we cannot be held responsible for the loss of students' belongings. Students must make sure that they take all work and belongings away at the end of the course.
Please contact the Slade on 020 7679 2317 or
The information given above is accurate at the time of publication. However, the Slade School of Fine Art reserves the right to cancel or amend courses if circumstances require it.