Online Art Courses by the London Art College

Study with us! Online Art Courses by the London Art College. We provide 30 online art courses for all ages and all abilities.  Every student has access online to their own personal tutor who will help and guide them through their art journey.

Our courses are perfect for those students with work or family commitments as you can start and enrol at any time of the year. There are no entry requirements, you don’t have to even have picked up a pencil or paint brush before.

Our beginners courses and learning to paint and draw courses are a wonderful introductions to start you on your creative path. We will help you get started and give you all the tuition needed to get you started in your new adventure.

  • Whether you are looking to improve your skills for your own enjoyment
  • You would like to set up your own business selling your art
  • Create a portfolio of work for gallery representation
  • You are home schooled or would like extra tuition
  • Or you are looking to further your art career …….We have the perfect course for you.

Don’t forget to sign up below for our weekly newsletter to read art hints and tips, watch art videos, read about students and their artwork and see and read about the artwork of famous artists for inspiration. If students would like to see their coursework featured, email us your text and artwork and we will add them for you!

Tutor Monika Cilmi and her new book Published

Tutor Monika Cilmi has written two new books which we hope will be of interest to her students. Her first book, entitled Origami, is available now and you can see some images from the book below. Monika’s second book ‘Chinese Brushwork for Beginners’ will be of great interest to Monika’s students who are studying on her Chinese Brush Painting Course.

‘Origami’ by Arcturus Publishing is out now and students can purchase it on Amazon now for a November delivery.  ‘Chinese Brushwork for Beginners‘ is in the series of ”How to Draw and Paint” by Walter Foster publishing. Students can pre-order their copy on Amazon today and will be released in March 2017.

Monika said….

The Origami book is dedicated to my son. For me it represents a big change in my life and it is inspired by this new chapter and the passion for origami and Japanese art.

My second book, Chinese Brushwork for Beginners, is more of an adventure, something I did not expect to write. It is aimed at the beginner who is interested in a very personal approach, by a western artist to inspire their imagination.


Monika Cilmi Origami

Monika Cilmi Origami

Monika Cilmi Origami

Monika Cilmi Origami

Monika Cilmi Origami

Monika Cilmi Origami



Spencer Hill Cartoonist

As many of our regular readers may know the London Art College tutors and admin staff recently had their annual general conference in Bristol UK. Whilst in attendance, each tutor was given hotel paper to write notes on throughout the meeting – which we all did.

Tutor Spencer Hill not only took notes, but he also filled one of his pieces with some incredible cartoons and doodles! We absolutely love it and felt it was quite blog worthy! A definite source of inspiration for his Illustration Course students and students on the cartooning course. We hope you like it too!


Spencer Hill Cartoonist

Competition Runner up Natalia Romankova

My name is Natalia Romankova and I am currently studying the Illustrating Children’s Book Online Art Diploma with Maggy Roberts.

What great news! Thank you very much! My picture is called ‘A new friend’. This is the recent one from a series of pictures about Vaska the giraffe. This character was born when I was doing exercises for my first course in London Art College – Illustrating Children Books. Gradually, he became the hero of many of my works. To the moment, I already have 12 published postcards depicting Vaska’s adventures.

Vaska lives in a lighthouse at the seaside. He’s very creative, positive and he likes to try something new. He is alone on the most of the pictures. I was thinking about a friend for him, but for a long time nothing came to my mind. Once I realized who is this friend and how they met. This is a small seagull living in a nest on the top of the lighthouse. Now they just have to become friends. I’ve enclosed below some of the pictures about Vaska’s adventures. The work is done in watercolour. Some small details are emphasized with a black liner. The size is 36 x 48 cm.

I also want to thank my teacher Maggy Roberts! I feel that studying in London Art Collage changed a lot in my life.

Best Regards,
Natalia Romankova
Runner Up of the London Art College 2016 Art Competition







Winner – Shuli Han Dulley

My name is Shuli Han Dulley and I am currently studying the Watercolour Online Art Diploma Course with tutor Jem Bowden.

I would like to thank all of you in London Art College giving me the opportunity to show my art. I always enjoy doing botanical art, and I have been painting flowers and plants for a few years. The painting I put in to the competition  (58 x 36cm) is one of them. It also including some Chinese elements, as I did Chinese painting when I was in China.

I also like to  paint scenery, I need to loose up the way I paint for scenery. I joined London Art College hoping to get help to improve my scenery painting. I also want to thank to  my tutor Jem Bowden, he has given me a lot of advice for my assignments. I will try my best.

Best wishes

Shuli Han Dulley
Winner of the London Art College 2016 Art Competition


Why not get a Painters Online Free Gallery!

The London Art College have a good relationship with Painters Online and we thought it might be lovely for our students to know about the Painters Online Free Gallery. Did you know about their Free gallery service?

Artists can add up to 4 paintings per day, with no limit on how many they keep in their portfolio. Many of our students know that promoting themselves online can be difficult and so this is a very user friendly and easy way to show off your artwork. Whether you already have a website or social media..this is another added way of being found.


All students need to do is register at this link Painters Online Registration and everything is managed from ‘My Account’. To share in the gallery you need to be registered and logged in. So from ‘My Account’ you go to ‘My Art’ and follow the instructions to upload.

The first time you upload you need to name a ‘Gallery’ after this all galleries will feature in the dropdown menu. Many artists have just one gallery, others choose to have several – sorted by medium or subject matter. Then it’s just a case of adding the title, writing a description (include the medium if possible – other artists like to know!), select the file, tick any relevant boxes about techniques, medium etc and save at the bottom.

Your own personalised URL

The galleries are completely managed by yourself and other users can comment on your artwork and contact you from your profile page. This might be very handy if you are looking to gain commission work, exhibit in galleries, or looking for publishers as you can be contacted easily. Each artist has a personalised url which can be shared with others, used for publicity and sent to galleries or publishers for your work to be browsed. Web addresses can be added and an artist profile/biography can also be included via ‘My Account’.

Blogs and Forums

Painters Online also have an area for writing blogs and an active art discussion forum. Alan Bickley is a very active member so our students might want to take a look at his page for inspiration. Alan Bickley Gallery. Also, so that I can help students if they require, I have set up an account for my own drawings which you can find here – Red Kite Studios. I managed to register, write a short bio and upload some of my own artwork within 15 minutes. I found everything very easy to understand, so hopefully you all will too.


Painters Online also select work from the galleries to share on social media and on e-newsletters – with some artists writing demonstrations and sharing a bit more about how they work. Plus both magazine editors select work to appear in the magazines each month – some have even been asked to write for the magazines! How fabulous is that. You could have your work published just by having a gallery!

So what are you waiting for! Go and get started today. Sign up and let us know your gallery address. We will promote it here on the blog and our social media…and I’m sure Painters Online will too!



London Art College tutors

Each year the college staff and tutors get together for an annual conference in Bristol UK. This year was a good turnout, with only three tutors who were unable to attend. We had a superb meeting which was very enjoyable and productive. We also had a group photo taken as you can see below.

From left to right the tutors and admin staff are as follows – Rupert Douglas Jones, Alison Douglas Jones, Maggy Roberts, Stewart Roberts, Jem Bowden, Monika Cilmi, Melanie Phillips, John Byrne, Rona Cox, Spencer Hill, Alan Dedman and Paul Weaver. Sadly Vanessa Weaver, Shevaun Doherty and Gayle Mason were unable to attend and were very much missed.

All of the tutors and admin staff who attended this years annual conference had the difficult task of choosing a winner and runner up out of the finalists that had been voted for and selected by all tutors a week prior to the conference. All of the pieces of artwork were viewed on a giant projector and discussed in depth during the meeting.

Congratulations to London Art College’s 2016 Competition winner – Shuli Han Dulley who is studying on our Watercolour Diploma course who won with her superb painting called: ‘Kingfisher and lilypads’. Also congratulations to runner up Natalia Romankova, a student on the Illustrating Children’s Books  course with her: ‘Giraffe and Lighthouse’. You can see all of the entries, finalists and winners on our competitions page on our website.

London Art College Tutors

The competition winners are……..

We would like to officially thank all of our students for entering into this years London Art College 2016 competition. It was a very difficult task not only to choose the finalists from the amazing entires but also to choose our winner and runner up. Many of the finalists came very close and we would like to mention Mokhtar Ibrahim with his ‘Carpet Seller’ painting who came a close third.

So without further ado, the winner for this years competition is – Shuli Han Dulley for her ‘Kingfisher and Lilipad’ watercolour painting. Shuli will shortly be receiving £200 of Amazon Vouchers.

The runner up with her wonderful children’s illustration painting called ‘Giraffe and Lighthouse’ is Natalia Romankova who will be receiving £100 of Amazon Vouchers.

In the next few days we will have a blog post written by each of the winners so do stay tuned to find out more about each of these fabulous paintings. Again thank you to all of our students who entered. Everyone can now start planning what they will be entering for next years competition…..

Winner – Shuli Han Dulley


Runner Up – Natalia Romankova


History Of Art – What do you think?

My name is Stewart Roberts and I am the turo for both online art diploma courses History of Art and Understanding 20th and 21st Cenutry Art.

The recent decision by the exam board AQA means that students currently studying this subject in schools will be the last to take history of art for A-level.

An article by the Guardian, art critic Jonathan Jones entitled ‘Goodbye Art History A-level, you served the elite well’ suggests that “Art history has become an obscurantist, elitist subject.” and that there is a “(not entirely unjustified) perception of art history as a posh person’s leisure activity.”

Read the article in The Guardian



The London Art College offers courses in Art History (not A-level courses) and believes that it is a subject that can be enjoyed by everyone, increasing their knowledge, interest and enjoyment whilst informing student’s own practical work.

A student recently gave the following feedback on completing the course:

“….what I appreciate most about the course is that it is more concerned with developing the skill for the student to analyze history of art on his or her own, rather than spoon-feeding information to be repeated in a test; in other words, I was taught how to fish instead of having fish caught for me. Art history is an incredibly vast subject, but now I can look at an artwork or art movement and regardless of the time period it was created, I’d know how to approach and research it by myself.”

If you would like to learn more about the London Art College Art History courses visit their website.
Stewart Roberts
History of Art
Understanding 20th and 21st Cenutry Art