Short courses


Painting (Summer School Short Course)

  • 60 hours
  • 2 weeks


This two-week painting course will give you the support and guidance needed to develop your own ideas and preparatory material.

You'll set up your own studio-based enquiry to develop your practical and aesthetic interests.

You'll be guided and supported through workshops and individual tutorials.

You can also take this course over four weeks.

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

On the first day you'll set up an individual studio-based enquiry where you can develop your own practical and aesthetic interests.

You can attend optional morning workshops on:

  • working from secondary sources such as paintings and drawings
  • mixing and applying colour
  • supports and grounds
  • methods demonstrations
  • essentials of the painter's craft

A life model can be booked on selected days to provide source material (the model will usually change day-to-day).

There will also be individual tutorials, slide shows of tutors' work and group critiques.

The two-week course runs twice over the summer. You can attend both courses, though some workshops may be repeated over the four weeks.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as painters with independent practice.

To get maximum benefit from this course you should have a rudimentary knowledge of drawing and prepare some sketchbook work before joining the class.


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.

If you want to attend for four weeks the fee is £1,600.

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 leaders: Daniel Preece and Virginia Verran.

Course tutors represent a wide spectrum of professional practice in terms of style and subject matter.

Learner reviews

"The course allowed me to discover a completely different way of seeing and experiencing art, the wide spectrum of materials and the possibilities they offer in painting. I was impressed by the complexity and experimentation that can exist behind the grounds, shapes and colours used in a work. Thank you for everything, it was a great experience!"

"I did an art degree about 10 years ago and it was great to get back into a studio environment again. I found the tutors really engaging and supportive, with plenty of one-on-one time. The course cultivates interaction between students with critiques. The atmosphere was friendly and encouraging. I left with a renewed passion for painting!"

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