Short courses


Painting: Developing Practice (Evening Course)

  • 2.5 hours per week
  • 8 weeks


This eight-week evening course will help you develop your own practical and aesthetic interests in painting through individual studio-based enquiry.

You'll work from your own ideas and preparatory material, supported by the course tutors.

You'll have the option to attend workshops to learn how other painters develop their work.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, from 6pm to 8:30pm.

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course structure and teaching

The course aims to provide you with space to develop your ideas and personal practice.

There's no structured teaching, but you'll receive close tutorial support.

You can also attend optional morning workshops which will explore strategies used by painters to develop work.

There will also be slide shows of tutors' work (which represents a wide spectrum of professional practice in terms of style and subject matter) and group critiques.

Who this course is for

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

You should have some experience of painting and/or have studied the first principles, e.g. by attending the Slade's Painting course, or similar.

You should bring sketches, photographs and other types of visual resources to help you discuss your ideas for new work.

Please note that your work cannot be larger than 50cm. If you wish to explore larger scale working you should attend the Easter course.


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.


The course fee is £375.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. To claim this discount, you'll need to enter your UPI number (on your UCL ID card) when booking.

This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, drawing board and paper.

Once your booking is confirmed, you'll be sent details of which materials will be provided and which you'll need to supply yourself.

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 tutors for this course are Sandra Smith, Ian Rowlands and Kate Hopkins.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 10:53