Short courses


From Drawing to Painting (Summer School Short Course)

  • 60 hours
  • 2 weeks


This two-week course will help you develop your drawings into paintings by learning some of the first principles of painting.

You'll also examine how these two disciplines cross over and inform one another.

You'll use a variety of materials, including:

  • pencil
  • charcoal
  • emulsion paint
  • ink
  • acrylic or oil

The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. You'll also have the option of attending extra-curricular events such as talks and exhibitions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

This course is part of the annual summer school run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content and structure

Your personal development will be encouraged through taught studio sessions, informal discussions, slide talks and regular critiques to discuss ideas and methods.

Week one

In the first week you'll explore some of the formal issues of drawing through observation, looking carefully at tone and mark-making.

You'll then translate these drawings into paintings via tone and temperature and through the use of colour, with a special emphasis on:

  • the translation of tone and line into colour
  • the role of colour in both painting and drawing
  • the ways in which colour can be manipulated

Week two

In the second week you'll explore composition and paint handling, i.e. how to organise pictorial space and how colour and surface are changed by the quality of paint and the tools used.

You'll also learn strategies to generate and develop personal ideas in painting.

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for anyone with experience of drawing.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


This two-week course costs £800.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. You'll be asked to enter your UPI number (available on your UCL ID card) when booking.

Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Only basic materials will be provided. Once you've been accepted onto the course you'll be sent details of the materials you'll need.

Slade Summer School

The Slade Summer School offers a unique opportunity for you to work within the studios and vibrant atmosphere of the Slade - a world-renowned school of fine art. 

You'll become part of a wider community of artists and will have a real sense of studying in an art school environment among Slade students and alumni. You'll test your abilities while learning new skills and different approaches to making art.

You can take part in a lively range of extra-curricular activities, including: 

  • art history lectures and artist talks introducing the varied contexts and histories of fine art
  • exhibition openings and talks by Slade undergraduate and postgraduate students about their work
  • a series of artists' projects run by Slade tutors, alumni and recently graduated student residents - you'll be invited into these studio spaces to discuss the works with the artists 

Evening events take place at 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Take an extended programme of multiple courses

Many different one, two and three-week courses are available. You can build a personalised programme of study by taking a series of short courses over the ten-week period. 

Please call the Summer School team if you'd like do this - they have detailed knowledge of the curriculum and can help you plan a programme.

All the Summer School courses available are listed on the Slade website.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

Course leader: Ian Rowlands

Learner reviews

"It has been an intense and fantastic two weeks. I now feel I have the seeds to continue my own practice. It has been brilliant and I shall always remember it as a life-changing experience."

Course information last modified: 27 Oct 2021, 16:29