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 one-week intensive 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 for reflection and celebration. 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 profile: 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.

What's included in the price?

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University City Campus. Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include great benefits such as the use of our modern library and free use of the IT equipment and software on the campus during your course. Please bring with you to the first session: • any art or drawing equipment you’d like to work with • a Black sharpie or permanent marker pen • a black biro pen • a Black fine liner pen • A6 or A5 hardback sketchbook • 4B or 6B graphite sticks • eraser, scissors and scalpel • black drawing ink • a selection of nylon round headed paint brushes in size 10, 12 and 16 • a couple of water containers • acrylic paint: 1 tube of each of following colours: primary red, blue, yellow, black and white • something to take your work home in e.g. A2 plastic folder. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.


1 week

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
  • Weekends
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
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For our week-long summer school courses, we offer single rooms in shared apartments in Nottingham Trent University’s city campus accommodation, which is ideal if you're looking to be based in Nottingham's lively city centre and want an economical place to stay.

Bookings are taken on a seven-night basis, from Saturday to Saturday.

The rooms are single occupancy, with a private bathroom.

You will be sent a link to book your accommodation once you have made your course booking through Craft Courses.

We offer accommodation during the summer only. We are unable to offer university accommodation during term time (for evening and weekend courses) but you'll find plenty of places to stay nearby, as we're located in the city centre.


Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ

Booking options

Monday to Friday
10:00 - 16:00
£525.00 See dates
Wednesday evenings
18:00 - 20:30
£450.00 See dates