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!

Monika Cilmi’s Book Signing Event in Waterstones…

My name is Monika and I am a tutor for the London Art College distance learning courses. On the 26th of November I had a signing event at Waterstones in Ipswich for my first book. This book is a great achievement to me because I love origami and Japanese art in general and I have always wanted to write a book.

The most amazing thing though is that when they proposed me to write the book, I also found out I was pregnant! Two amazing surprises and the book is in fact dedicated to my son Dylan! The photos below were taken at the book signing event, the first two photos are of my son Dylan and I.  It was a very busy day and as you can see from the photos, the children who visited Waterstones loved the origami.

As many of the readers on the college news blog will know, I am the Chinese Brush Painting tutor and my second book is inspired by Chinese brushwork. It will be out in March 2017. Im sure my students will be very interested in viewing it.  I am now working on my third book about origami Jewellery. All of my books will be available on Amazon. If students have any problems finding them, just contact me at the college and I will be able to help.









Spencer and John Gosh comics in London

Here is a fantastic photo of London Art College tutors Spencer Hill and John Byrne at Gosh comics in London. It was Spencer’s book launch evening for his new book. You can read about the launch event here – Launch Event: The Yellow Monkey Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine. It went really well, Spencer met lots of contacts and two hours chatting with people about the book. If you are interested in purchasing, head on over to Amazon!


Angela Watson – Bored Chickens!

My name is Angela Watson and I’m currently studying the Illustration Diploma with Spencer Hill. I have just received his feedback for assignment 4 and would like to share with you, how making one simple change as suggested by a tutor can transform a picture, especially as I still can’t believe it myself!

The brief for this assignment was to produce a spot and a quarter page illustration for an article on preventing boredom in chickens over the winter, with a common theme between the two pictures.

I played around with different ideas and decided to have fun with the brief. I imagined the chickens being so busy with all the boredom busting measures, for example a trapeze and beam to play with, that they were too busy to lay eggs!

In my original sketches the view from the window of the chicken house was snowy. However, when it came to colouring it in, I couldn’t think how to depict the snow outside when viewed from inside! So I took the easy route and decided to make it a grey day with rain lashing against the window instead. I submitted the assignment and waited.

On receiving my feedback this is what Spencer had to say ‘The main illustration has life and humour and detail and is well composed, drawn and coloured. I think the only minor point I would make is that I would like to see winter represented here a bit more too. I reckon either something outside that window with a layer of snow on it, or simply white dots in that greyness would do it.’ Reading this I thought, ‘of course’!

As Spencer suggested I changed the window view from heavy rain to snow. As I used coloured pencils I was able to do this without redoing the picture. I’m pleased with the effect of this change as I think it emphasises the warmth and cosiness of the chicken house as opposed to the cold outside. Hope you agree 😊

Angela Watson



Coloured Pencil Course – Geoff Fielding

Geoff Fielding has recently completed the Coloured Pencil Course with us at the London Art college. The Coloured Pencil Course, like all of our courses, is also an online course. Consequently all of our students, including Geoff, are able to study and draw from the comfort of their own home. Most importantly students can draw in their own time and on their own schedule.

We hope you enjoy viewing Geoff’s fabulous drawings. Our favourite is the Owl. Lots of terrific details and strong colours. I think he would definitely make us jump on a dark night! You can also read a little about Geoff below.

I’m Geoff Fielding, I’m 66 years of age and have been painting and drawing since 2000. Although I am retired, I don’t spend all my time painting. I attend an art group every Monday morning near to where I live. Beginning with Watercolours, I then tried Acrylics, painting mostly landscapes, because I feel no affinity to still life. About a year ago, I came across some water based coloured pencils, and tried them. I have not looked back since, as I think this is my niche. I’d like to think that some of my animal studies are quite good, but one can always improve, hence my taking the Coloured Pencil Course.

We hope you have enjoyed viewing Geoff’s work. If you would like to have a go at coloured pencil, along with a structured course and personal online tuition, why not visit our website to find out more. Prospective students can enroll on our website London Art College Online Art Courses.

Coloured Pencil Course

Coloured Pencil Course

Coloured Pencil Course

Coloured Pencil Course

Painting and Drawing Course – Christine Towers

Christine Towers is currently working on our Online Drawing and Painting Art Course. One of her beautiful watercolours has been submitted as part of the course which you can see below.

Christine said at the start of the course…

I want to get back to enjoying art for art’s sake and to give myself structure to help me achieve this. I belong to a local art group and a craft co-operative. Until recently shared a studio in an ex cotton mill with my daughter. I have regularly exhibited with my art group and have sold at art and craft fairs and markets. I am a potter and warm glass and stained glass worker too.

You can visit Christine’s website at and we wish Christine the best of luck with her next set of drawing and paintings.

Painting and Drawing Course

Coloured Pencil Art Online Course – Mike Foley

Mike Foley is studying our Coloured Pencil Art Online Course. Mike said at the start of the course…

“I have taken several correspondence art courses in the past. Two “Famous Artists” courses, and one watercolor workshop from “North Light Art School”. I enjoyed all of them, and completed them nearly twenty years ago.

My art since then has been moved aside for an attempt at another creative effort. That is writing a newspaper column for our local newspaper, the Loveland Reporter-Herald. I also have a blog with the newspaper that I enjoy. 

My daughters asked me several months ago, why I stopped painting. I had to admit that I didn’t have  a good excuse, and promised to rectify the situation. I figured one way to make myself get back my artistic mojo, would be to enroll in an art course. Colored pencil is a medium that I like, but I need more instruction.”

We really love this coloured pencil piece that Mike has created for one of his exercises on the course. It is a charming and sensitively observed artwork.

We hope you have enjoyed viewing Mike’s work and we are sure to feature more over the coming months. In addition you might be looking at creating gallery work and need experience and advice from a professional? Furthermore, let us know if it has inspired you to pick up your coloured pencils and have a go yourself! Are you are interested in developing your coloured pencil artwork? If so, our Coloured Pencil Art Online Course is for you. Students can enroll on our website at any time London Art College Online Art Courses. We look forward to having you on board!

Coloured Pencil Art Online Course

Henry Sherridan Completed The Pet Portraits Course

 Henry Sheridan completed the pet portraits course recently, and the painting below is his final submission. We love the colours Henry has used in his painting, particularly the background which is Full of warmth and life. It allows dogs to stand off of the background beautifully and beautiful focus within the scene. Both dogs look really happy and overall the painting makes us smile.

Gail Mason, the tutor for the pet portraits diploma course has been working with Henry over the last year and a half. She has been gently guiding Henry and helping him in his quest to improve his drawing and painting skills. Also to help develop henries ability to paint and draw animals in a landscape.

Henry sent the following letter along with his final assessment to Gail. We are thrilled to read Henry enjoyed his course. We hope that Henry continues with his love of painting animals – and his Love of painting to!

Dear Gayle

Please find the final assignment for your critique and assessment. I choose the photograph of two old Labradors from Pixabay (a free photo website) as they seemed to fit perfectly the picture I had of two lifelong doggy friends who have now passed on.

The dogs were painted in acrylic straight from the photograph.  Although I reinvented the background and foreground as I thought too many ferns would take attention away from the centre of interest, the two dogs.

I found the course a real challenge and feel proud of myself for finishing. Also admiration for those professional artists like you who work very hard, (and with so much skill and talent) to please their clients.

So, now to recap; I have been nudged out of my comfort zone to face the excitement of a new challenge. I felt the pleasure and satisfaction when things went well and the quiet desperation when they didn’t. But I suppose in the end, that’s what art is all about – and I love it.

Kind regards

HenrySheridan is thrilled he completed the pet portrait course. Are you are inspired by Henry’s letter and painting below? Would you like to achieve similar results? Why not join our pet portrait diploma today. Students can enroll at any time, work at their own pace and receive a professional guidance from the personal tutor online.

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Still life Mackerel Painting by Pam Cherry

This fabulous still life mackerel painting was created by Pam Cherry. She is studying with tutor Alan Dedman on the Still life Art Course. We absolutely love the painting, its full of life and the fish and paper looks shiny and wet. A very successful painting.

…although we hope that Pam didn’t take too long when painting. It could have resulted in a very pungent day!

Still life Mackerel Painting

Graphic Design in Art – Panya Sos

Student Panya Sos has been working with Vanessa Weaver on the graphic design in Art diploma course by the London College. We have added three of Panya’s pieces of artwork below for our students and readers to view.

Panya has been learning how to design posters to advertise products. She has done a fabulous job on each product design. The dream chocolate bar exercise below also calls for students to think up slogans to help sell the product. Tutor Vanessa Weaver was also thrilled with Panya’s slogans and you can read what she said below.

Task 2 is the ‘Dream’ chocolate bar advert that requires slogan ideas. In your roughs you suggest several catchy ideas, such as ‘Dream Chocolate is Out of this World’ and ‘Dream Chocolate is Beyond the Stars’. In these slogans you have followed the rules and kept them short, catchy, positive and memorable.
Vanessa Weaver

Once students have completed our graphic design in Art diploma course they should have lots of art work suitable for their portfolio. In addition this course is a great grounding if students wish to then further their education in graphic design. Also everything learnt from this course can be applied to your personal work. It can add a design sense to your paintings and drawings.

Would you like to enroll on our graphic design in art diploma course?  Head on over to our website today. Furthermore the graphic design in arts diploma is an online course and you have access to your tutor at all times. We look forward to having you as a student very soon.

Graphic Design in Art

Graphic Design in Art

Graphic Design in Art