Art School Experience - Nottingham Trent University



Is immersing yourself in the art school way of life something you’ve dreamed about? If so, join this ten-week course and start developing your personal approach to creating art. This practical course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to create a unique and diverse body of artwork. This could be for personal interest, future studies or professional development; the success of the course is down to the varied interests of the people who attend. Projects will explore creative thinking and the different processes involved when producing work that has been carefully considered. You’ll undertake exercises in the studio that will incorporate drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, surface design and more. The aim is to build your confidence and vocabulary when working in an art studio. A different theme will be the focus each week, including: - body and adornment - colour and light - drawing and observation - idea generation and project development - life drawing and experimentation - photography and image making - texture, pattern and surface - visual communication - working with space and place. The course will teach you the importance of sketchbooks and how to approach independent research. There will also be time dedicated to assessing your individual development to ensure you are progressing, plus a final review day for reflection and celebration. To make the most of this course, you’ll need to commit to a small amount of independent study time between sessions. What will you gain? You’ll leave this course with the skills, knowledge and determination to continue developing your personal approach to making art. The course can help you start a portfolio for further studies, or it can simply be an opportunity to work in the art school environment on a variety of structured projects. Level: Open to all Entry requirements: No previous experience is required, just plenty of energy and a willingness to share your ideas. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You'll find bright drawing and painting studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what some of our previous attendees said: ‘Loved it! I want to continue to develop my ideas further and stay in the art school environment. I love art and wanted to go back to something more experimental. I've learnt new skills and techniques and got a chance to try new things out. Thank you' CL 'I chose this course because I wanted to refresh my knowledge from previous courses and learn new skills. I managed to achieve this and much more. I experimented with new techniques and pushed the boundaries. I particularly enjoyed the life drawing and print making' JB 'This course aided my personal development and enabled me to make new friends and provided me with a new way of seeing things. I enjoyed life drawing the most. I have absolutely loved the course, there was a great atmosphere and the tutors were very supportive and enthusiastic'. MB ‘I've never had the chance to go to art school so wanted a glimpse of what it would be like. I've got lots of ideas for future practice and met nice people. I've really enjoyed the creative exercises and learning new techniques' Tutor profiles: James Gant has been teaching painting and drawing at various educational institutions for almost twenty years after completing his degree in fine art. He works as a freelance artist on a range of exciting projects including films, book illustrations and murals as well as his own personal work. He has vast experience in teaching creative painting and drawing techniques to all skill levels and feels it important that the learner understands the potential of the materials so that they can explore and express themselves in an exciting and personal way. Sam Taylor’s experience of teaching has encompassed a range of art and design subjects including 3D design, architecture, sculpture and set design. She promotes the importance of learners developing ideas through practical experimentation using 2D and 3D problem solving skills. This accumulates into an interesting body of work for portfolio purposes. Sam has a Masters in glass making, and creates both sculptural and functional forms. She also holds a wealth of knowledge working with a wide range of other 2D and 3D materials, techniques and processes including working with wood, plastics and metals. Click through above to book your place online. If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

What's included in the price?

Ten weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 16


10 weeks

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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