Short courses


Life Drawing (Summer School Short Course)

  • 60 hours
  • 2 weeks


This two-week course will introduce you to the 'first principles' in drawing directly from a life model.

You'll explore a variety of methods and drawing materials, with a range of different activities each day planned around a theme. The aim is to enable and expand your visual understanding and language in relation to the human figure.

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

This tightly structured course is taught by figurative artists, each offering a different perspective.

You'll be guided through a series of studies with formal themes and activities aimed at expanding your visual understanding and language.

You'll explore:

  • how we look
  • ways in which information might be translated
  • the many and varied results thrown up by intense analytical enquiry

You'll also receive tuition in:

  • perceptually based methods of pictorial construction
  • articulation of colour-space, colour and expression
  • using a variety of drawing materials, both wet and dry

Individual tuition, informal discussion, slide talks and group critiques will provide a wider context to work you make in the studio.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for those with a range of experience.


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: Kate Hopkins.

Learner reviews

"A fantastic course and the teachers were all very instructive and inspiring."

"I had an enjoyable and positive time where I was able to extend my experience into oil painting."

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 09:48