Weekend 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.
Saturdays 10.00am – 1.00pm
01 May – 19 June 2021 / 8 Mornings
26 June -14 August 2021/ 8 Mornings
This online course offers students the opportunity to explore the first principles of painting. The emphasis of the teaching is to look at painting as a means of articulating form and as a tool for expression and creative imagination. The course explores the idea of perception as the starting point for visual enquiry and includes working from objects and secondary sources. Weekly sessions will be devoted to contemplating a particular set of formal issues, with special attention placed on colour and composition. Students can work with oils or acrylic. The course concludes by addressing subjective colour and strategies for developing personal work. It is our aim that students leave the course with a set of criteria helping them to explore ways of representing perceived objects and supporting them in thinking about how they might use these methods of working in conjunction with their own ideas. These sessions will be practical and delivered by both online live teaching, demonstration films and written material. The support material is designed to help students think about further possibilities within the wider remit of painting that can be questioned in their own time.
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 re-engage with first principles in Painting. We recommend that students have a rudimentary knowledge of drawing in order to obtain maximum benefit from the course. If you have already taken our online Drawing course, this is an ideal follow-on.
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: A mixed set of student brushes including stiff/soft, as well as a ‘drawing’ brush- long and pointed such as a ‘rigger’ no 2, a glass jar with lid, wet wipes for hands, rags or paper towels for brushes, palette knife for mixing. Paints: Ivory black, Titanium white, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue and ultramarine Blue. We recommend that each student has a sketchbook. Please note you will need a retarding medium for acrylics in order to stop them drying too quickly when colour mixing.
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. Link coming soon!
Course 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.