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!

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

Competition Entries are now Online!

The entries to this years Official 2016 London Art College Competition are now online. Click the image below, a digital painting entered by student Maria Florencia Devoto, to see the superb entries and choose your favourite!  We will have the finalists online shortly and the winners will be announced this coming week. You might also like to visit our main competitions page to see previous competitions too –London Art College Competitions Page.


Marian Hester – Passion for Illustration!

My name is Marian Hester and in May 2015 I joined the Illustration Online Art Course course taught by Spencer Hill and just completed it in September 2016 with a distinction, which I am very proud of!

I joined this course because, although I have studied art and graphics in the distant past, I had lost my confidence in myself as a potential illustrator. I always wanted to study it but was getting nowhere on my own, and I just wasn’t getting started. So I guessed this was a good general course to try and hone some skills and see how I would fare.

I was delighted when I received the course material, it looked very exciting, which covered the main genres of illustration: Editorial, graphic design (logos), sequential imagery/cartoons, children’s illustration and illustrating words and poetry. Although I wanted to read at it all in advance, I made sure I only skimmed the material because I didn’t want to ruin the freshness of the brief as I embarked upon each one. So, I only studied them one at a time, which I think was the best option since you pay full attention to each brief and let the surprises unfold throughout the course.

I found the content very interesting and it gave a sound pathway throughout the course of building up skills and becoming more challenging as the course progressed. It really gives you a good idea of what area you would like to concentrate more of on. I am surprised to find that the areas I thought I would be more interested in, such as editorial, were not as of much interest to me such as sequential illustration, which I now love. I also loved how the briefs are totally open regarding media use and style changes. Each assignment really got the creative juices flowing and provided the initial excitement of thinking up ideas and to just get sketching.

Spencer is an amazing tutor who really takes the time to reply with detailed emails whenever you have any sort of question, even general questions about how you go about answering a brief, or on running out of ideas or inspiration. That’s really important when you are studying on a creative distance learning course and you are tired in the evenings and finding it a struggle to meet the deadlines. I really liked how he gave examples about his own ongoing work outside the college as an illustrator. He’s also great at giving your confidence a boost when you are full of self-criticism (which is any artist’s lot!) and provides such encouraging positive feedback as well as criticism without being negative about it at all.

I felt quite sad when the last assignment was looming as I was enjoying the course so much. I am now wondering how I will keep the momentum going now that I don’t have any more of those lovely assignments!!!

The examples I have submitted are for a logo design for Magic Beans coffee shop, an open sequential illustration brief on a subject I chose, an editorial illustration on an article for keeping chickens happy in winter, and my first assignment, illustrating the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin.

So finally, many thanks to London Art College for renewing my passion for illustration!

Marian Hester

Marian Hester

Marian Hester

Marian Hester Marian Hester

Keri Johnson – Zookie Cartoons!

My name is Keri and I have just completed the Cartooning Online Art Diploma Course with distinction, tutored by John Byrne.

Drawing has always been important to me. It has defined who I am and continues to bring me great joy. As soon as I could put pencil to paper and could explore my imagination, I was creating crazy cartoon creatures, dragons being a particular favourite. Life however took me down a different path and my doodles and characters slumbered in the depths of my mind, but not yet forgotten. Early this year I decided to resurrect my characters. I started creating cartoon strips, something I had never thought of doing before and this rekindled my love of drawing.

Going back to School

I decided, thanks to the response to my first cartoons, to look at doing an art course. I discovered the Cartooning Diploma with the London Art College and couldn’t believe how perfect it was. I could enjoy the course in my own time at my own pace and it had a very relaxed feel. My tutor John Byrne was fantastic and very encouraging. Although I could draw cartoons, I learnt not only how to refine my work to a professional standard, but also how to execute cartoon jokes and see the cartoon from the audience’s perspective. Below is one of my first cartoons I submitted, ‘Curry Night’. This is the version I updated for my final assignment and features my dragon character, ‘Zookie’. I particularly enjoyed the expressions in this one and I hope the personalities of the three dragons come through. I use bold line work and colours in my cartoons to really make them stand out and catch the viewer’s interest.

I also submitted a few of my multi-panel cartoons later in the course. This one in particular, named ‘A Romantic Getaway’ has a fun build up. I’m sure my female character ‘Cinder’, was not expecting that outcome!

Post Diploma

I submitted my final assignment and eagerly awaited my results. The feedback from John was incredible and I was overcome with emotion while reading it. I am delighted to have earned a diploma with distinction, having been originally self taught and keen to pursue my cartooning dreams. Since completing the course, I have been continuing my cartoon strip ‘Zookie the Dragon’ which I post weekly on Facebook. I also have plans to explore the greeting card market with Zookie and am currently creating some humorous designs. I have also received some interest in my work by way of commissions, particularly pet caricatures.

You can see more of my work on my website: Zookie Cartoons
Come and like my Facebook page to see a new cartoon every week – Zookie on Facebook
ollow me on Twitter – Zookie on Twitter

A big thank you to my tutor John Byrne. I imagine I will be keeping in touch (hopefully) as my career progresses. If you are interested in an art course, I would definitely recommend The London Art College.

Keri Johnson
Cartooning Online Art Course Student

zookie cartoons

zookie cartoons



Julia Feliz and her New Board Book

My name is Julia Feliz  and I completed the Digital Illustration course with the London Art college. I was always the type of artist that took pleasure in creating realistic drawings of wildlife and natural areas through pencil, charcoal, and pastels. As far as I was concerned, nothing beat the black stains of freshly used charcoal on my fingers and the hyper realism created by the play of shadows on paper.

In my path to further myself as an artist, I decided to take a digital illustration course. It was through the course that I was given the tools and support of my instructor, Spencer, to push myself as an artist. With every assignment, I felt inspired to take myself to my limits as an artist and explore new horizons and ideas unlike anything I had done before. It was then where I was able to come up with the idea of my first children’s board book in a completely different style to anything I had attempted before.

One of my other passions has always been to speak up and do as much as I can for those in need. I realized that I could combined my talents as an artist and my passion for speaking up for other living beings to create something that would be meaningful and at the same time, give back to my community. That’s how my book, Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary, came to be.

My board book is now in the final stages, and in search of support, I have created a kickstarter campaign to help make the book a reality. At the same time, the book will also supports the care of the real life character on which the story is based on.

The book aims to teach children the meaning of sanctuary and what it means to choose compassion for other living beings in bright visuals and suitable language for very young children.

You can learn more about the board book and the campaign through this link: Kickstarter

You can also find me on Facebook here: libbyfindsvegansanctuary

And on my artist website here:

Julia Feliz