Course details

Next course date

29 February to 4 April 2020


6 weeks


Face to face


Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill Studios

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

10am - 1pm

Course description

The School of Arts is excited to offer Saturday art classes for children aged 14-16 for a six week period, from 29 February to 4 April 2020.

The classes are intended to help to boost confidence and creativity, whilst giving a broad introduction to the arts through mini projects and techniques. For children who may be considering Arts in a Further and Higher Education setting, this short course will boost portfolio content and provide the opportunity to try something new in an informal setting.

For children who may be considering a more technical based career, skills and attributes such as creative thinking, problem solving and the ability to use visual communication effectively are essential for future careers and not limited to arts based careers and roles. Creativity boosts confidence and communication and an understanding of design and design processes are vital in today's tech driven society.

Students will be able to exhibit their work at the end of the course. The exhibition will be open to family, friends and the general public and will include tours of the School of Arts facilities.

Structure, certificates and assessment

Weekly sessions:

29/02/2020 Week 1: Jane Stanton

Introduction to Life Drawing – Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

This will be a dynamic drawing session, working from the human body and exploring shapes and forms within and around the body. You will be encouraged to use your powers of observation, combined with your imaginative skills to create exciting images which can be used in all areas of your creative visual work.

Using basic drawing materials such as charcoal, crayon or brushes you will be challenged to work with different scales and sizes, at speed and above all with serious concentration!

07/03/2020 Week 2: Kirstie Adamson

Magazine Collage pop up Seascapes - Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Magazine Collage Seascape workshops are great for introducing students to this technique. The ripped magazines lend themselves beautifully to creating ocean waves and students can easily see the way the magazines can translate to a finished effective piece. They are also great for individuality, giving students the freedom to choose between suggested items to add to the scene or coming up with their own ideas. Students who work quicker can make either more detailed pieces or multiple collages.

14/03/2020 Week 3: Elizabeth Blades

Story Zine - Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

A session for students to learn the basics of illustration and comic drawing. Students will explore camera angles, character design and create their own short story in this fun and engaging workshop. 

Students will produce a short illustrated story A6 'zine' to take away.

21/03/2020 Week 4: Magdalena Aron

Digital Art Workshop - Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This workshop will take students from sketching on paper to digital sketching, vector-based art, and provide a basic introduction to animation. Working in a classroom with computers, Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablets and digital pens, students will learn how to draw using a variety of digital brushes to create a digital depiction on the theme of Bugs and Insects.

28/03/2020 Week 5: Victoria Wilcox

Smartphone Photography Workshop - Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THREES - The triangle of technique, talent and timing. (This will include the rule of thirds, the golden triangle and leading lines as methods/in practice

SELFIE IMPROVEMENT - But when is a #selfie not a #selfie? The art of portraiture on a smartphone - looking at self portrait approach, working with people and simplifying.

04/04/2020 Week 6: Victoria Wilcox

Smartphone Photography Workshop - Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

INSTA STORIES - How to tell your story within your portable gallery space This will include studying our profiles, brainstorming hashtags, looking at colour themes, jazzing up our bio, editing pictures and cropping, then to top it off, animating Instagram Stories that take our activity to another level.

Fees and funding


Please note no refunds for missed classes unless cancelled by the provider.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this short course, please refer to our short courses page for other opportunities. 
Please contact our Enquiry Team for more information.

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