Easter courses take place in the studios at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square. 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. There are two one-week courses at Easter. There is a lively, creative dialogue between the students and tutors across the different courses.
Easter Courses 2015
Life Painting - COURSE FULL reserve list
Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £350
13 April – 17 April 2015
This course allows students the opportunity to work from the model in a sustained pose. Through intense looking, students are encouraged to consider their process of working with and emphasis on developing a method though experimentation, reassessment and revision, using oil paint. The course is open to students of all levels although we recommend that students have a rudimentary knowledge of drawing.
The Expanded Field of Drawing
Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £345
13 April – 17 April 2015
This course is aimed at students who have experience of drawing and who are interested in experimenting and extending their skills and knowledge. (It is not suitable for beginners.) It provides the opportunity to study, in depth, the activity of drawing both as a way of thinking - how we think through drawing - and as a way to develop personal research. Working from observation will only be a small part of the course; instead, the main focus will be on experimenting with various forms of drawing within contemporary art practices. The course will be constructed around various projects which explore the formal and practical ideas of what drawing might be, for example; the subject may be observed, found, recalled, imagined, felt or constructed. There will be an emphasis on the materiality of drawing, placement/situation of the drawn image and the use of various, non-traditional materials to create new work. Each day will build on the previous day, as we explore different concepts and approaches to making. Students will be encouraged to develop their own methods of translating ideas into form as a way to generate questions. The core of the course will focus on the varied and experimental forms of drawing and students will be encouraged to use a wide variety of material, working both inside and outside the studio. Throughout the week there will be informal discussions, slide talks and regular critiques to discuss ideas and methods.
Short Courses are open to anyone aged seventeen and over.
To apply please download the application form and post the completed form with payment to:
Short Courses, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Alternatively you can email a scan of a completed and signed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
To apply download the application form and your completed with payment to:
Short Course Administrator, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Short Course Application Form (doc)
Short Course Application Form (pdf)
Alternatively you can email a scan of a completed and signed application form to email@example.com.