Short courses


Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal: Drawing in London Museums and Galleries (Summer School Short Course)

  • 30 hours
  • 5 days


This one-week masterclass will help you practise drawing in public and private spaces, from example and imagination.

You'll visit art galleries and museums in London and use their collections as inspiration to create individual artworks.

You'll practise 'looking through drawing', interpreting paintings through graphic means - smudged pencil, coloured pastel, biro, ink and wash.

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

You'll spend each morning in a different gallery or museum, and each afternoon at the Slade.

You'll visit:

  • the National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • the Wallace Collection
  • British Museum

You'll use works of art, museum objects and their environments as stimuli to create a collection of drawings. You'll use these drawings in the studio to create your own unique, more complex work.

Each day will have a different theme, helping you address a variety of subjects and compositional aspects relating to the larger studio work. The aim is not to replicate artworks, but to use these to invent your own.

The purpose is to gather material, use it freely, expand your mind in thought, discussion and action, and to experience a prolonged artistic adventure - the results of which might only become clear to you in the future.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for people with a variety of experience. You should be able to draw confidently.

Most importantly, you'll need an open mind and be prepared to relax your familiar working method in order to test out new ways of making art.


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 one-week course costs £400.

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.

You'll also need to pay for travel and food while on trips to galleries and museums. You can purchase an Oyster card for use on public transport.

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: Liz Rideal.

Learner reviews

"The course exceeded my expectations. I am yet to discover the impact it will have on my work; but the creative juices are flowing and I am excited to see the results and the opportunities that might evolve in time."

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 09:03