Short courses


Painting (Saturday or Sunday Course)

  • 5 hours per week
  • 5 weeks


This five-week course will help you explore the first principles of painting.

The emphasis of the course is on using painting as:

  • a means for articulating form
  • a tool for expression and creative imagination

During the course you'll develop a set of criteria which will help you to explore ways of representing perceived objects, and allow you to consider further possibilities within painting in your own time.

Classes are held from 10am to 4pm on five consecutive Saturdays or Sundays.

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

Course content

    The course explores the idea of perception as the starting point for visual enquiry.

    In each session you'll focus on a particular set of formal issues underpinning the nature of painting. Special attention is placed on colour and composition.

    You'll paint from objects, the human figure, memory and secondary sources. At one session you'll paint from a life model.

    You can choose to work with oils or acrylic. 

    Who this course is for

    This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced and want to re-engage with the first principles of painting.

    To obtain maximum benefit from this course you should have a rudimentary knowledge 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.


    The course fee is £405. 

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

    This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board and studio space.

    The fee also covers the cost of materials supplied by the Slade. 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 Ian Rowlands, Kate Hopkins, Sandra Smith.

    Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00