Summer School

Short courses for adults in Heritage Crafts and Fine Art

Our summer short courses are a unique opportunity to step inside our renowned Art School or embark on a journey of discovery, to explore and develop your skills and interests with our expert tutors.

Discover new talents, foster existing skills and develop your creative interests in a fun and supportive setting.

Class sizes are small, and our tutors make sure our intensive courses for adults (18+ years) are enjoyable and fun, as well as inspiring and informative. And as a student on one of our introductory courses, you’ll receive the same warm welcome that we extend to all our friends and students.

Current or former students (Foundation, BA or MA) of the Art School are eligible for 10% discount on all our summer courses.

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The Art School thanks The Grocers’ Charity for their generous support of this initiative.

Summer School 2024 Courses

Week 1: 1-5 July 2024

Gilding and Verré Eglomisé SOLD OUT

Etching Fundamentals LAST FEW SPACES

Glass Sculpture: an Introduction to Pâte-de-Verre LAST FEW SPACES

Painting: Methods and Materials

Recycled Fashion

Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure

An Introduction to Illustration

Site Responsive Practices – A Summer School at Van Gogh House

Beyond Drawing – Experimentation

Week 2: 8-12 July 2024

An Insider’s Guide to London’s Art World  (8-11 July)

Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving SOLD OUT

Drawing and Painting: Figuration to Abstraction

Lettering in Stone SOLD OUT

Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure

Stone Carving for Beginners LAST FEW SPACES

Gilding and Verré Eglomisé LAST FEW SPACES

Week 3: 15-19 July 2024

Life-Size Portrait Sculpture in Clay LAST FEW SPACES

Medieval Painting and Manuscript Illumination  SOLD OUT

Stone Carving for Beginners SOLD OUT

Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving SOLD OUT

Introduction to Glass SOLD OUT

An Introduction to Marbling

Testimonials (Summer School 2023)

“It was an intense week but was really useful as a beginner to have such an immersive experience – I felt like I was grasping the fundamentals quickly. The task was challenging but not overwhelmingly so, Ghislain was a great teacher with a very supportive and caring style” Samantha, Stone Carving for Beginners

“A wonderful and fulfilling introduction to Medieval illumination- we learnt both the modern and historic fundamentals needed to develop our own work after the course. Sarah was a very inspiring tutor who pushes us throughout the week to make the most of everything we learnt. I loved it!” Attendee, Medieval Painting and Manuscript Illumination  

“The course was amazing and inspiring. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. The size of the class was perfect for individual and group instruction. I couldn’t be more pleased with the course.” Mina, Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving 

“Lovely course. Kim was great and the workshop was a lovely environment. Good quality tools, nice workshop, great model.” Stephen, Life-Size Portrait Sculpture in Clay 

The course is amazing. Small class. Brilliant tutor who can teach. Instant results which feeds gratification resulting in a quest for deeper understanding.” Eleanor, Gilding and Verre Eglomise 

“Thomas is easily the best teacher I have experienced. He is calm, measured, has so much knowledge and expertise and shares all of his experience in a generous and informative way. Fantastic course!” Samantha, Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure 

“What a fantastic week. Excellent course, excellent teacher, a fantastic opportunity to discover myself.” Catalin, Lettering in Stone

“This was a much needed, fascinating, informative and inspiring course. It should be offered as part of any art graduate course to help artists navigate the mysteries of the art world and it’s eco system.”  Francesca, Insider’s Guide to London’s Art World 

Check out more testimonials on the course pages.



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