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Gwen John

Gwendolen Mary John was born on June 22, 1876, in Haverfordwest, Wales. She was the second of four children born to Edwin William John and Augusta Smith. Augusta, an amateur watercolour painter, encouraged the children’s interest in literature and art….

Weekend Art Challenge: The Letter A

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this weekends art challenge we would like you to draw or paint something beginning with the letter A. It can be the actual letter, or it can be something like an Apple, Aardvark,…

Weekend Art Challenge Results – Blue and White

Welcome to our latest weekend art challenge results. This week we asked our students to create any artwork, as long as it was limited to the colours blue and white. As you can see our students have created some absolutely…

Kathryn Peters-Smith

My name is Kathryn and I have just enrolled on the Landscape Diploma Course and am really looking forward to getting started.   I have attached a photo of one of my absolutely favourite landscape pieces that I have painted so…

Monika Cilmi

Join our tutor Monika for an origami workshop at The Valley Evesham as part of our Showa Day Celebrations! Immerse yourself in the art of paper folding in our cozy tipi tent, led by the talented Monika Cilmi – a…

Ariana Harkiolakis

Ariana Harkiolakis is a 23-year-old artist based in Athens, Greece. Ariana was diagnosed at the age of 2 with high-functioning autism. However, she has not let that stop her from finding a fulfilling life through art and music. Ariana has…

Cecilia Beaux

Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) was an American artist renowned for her elegant and sensitive portraits. She was the first woman to teach art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Cecilia Beaux painted many famous subjects, including First Lady Edith…

Weekend Art Challenge: Blue and White

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we are setting our students the task of creating a painting or coloured pencil drawing only using the colours blue and white. It can be a full range of blues and…

Weekend Art Challenge

Happy Easter to all of our students and readers. We hope that you enjoy viewing the results of this weekends art challenge on the theme of Easter. Well done to everyone who took part this week and we hope that…

Diane Davies

London Art College student Diane Davies has been working on our Landscape Diploma Course with tutor Paul Weaver and these are a few of Diane’s pieces from one of her assignments. We love Diane’s strong and confident drawings of buildings….

Diana Pendragon

London Art College student Diana Pendragon has been creating some super illustrations whilst she has been working with tutor Maggy Roberts on the Illustrating Children’s Diploma Course We love the Row your boat illustration with the mouse in a walnut…

Mirela Druta – April Calendar

Welcome to the first of the month and a new calendar by student Mirela Drupta. Mirela is studying our Cartooning Diploma Course and we have been featuring her work each month from her amazing calendar she created for 2024. We…

Rembrandt’s Self Portrait with Two Circles

At first glance, “Self-Portrait with Two Circles” captivates with its arresting presence. Rembrandt, depicted in a contemplative pose, gazes out at the viewer with piercing intensity. Yet, it’s the presence of two circles sketched lightly behind him that adds an…

Weekend Art Challenge – Easter

Welcome to our latest art challenge where we would like you to illustrate the theme of Easter. It can be anything that you associate with the festivities or meaning behind Easter. We have added a few images below for to…

Weekend Art Challenge – Hedgehogs

Welcome to the results of our latest weekend art challenge where we set our students the task to create a painting or drawing of a hedgehog. We are absolutely over the moon with the results we have received from our…

Lynne Scoresby

London Art College student Lynne Scoresby is currently working on the Botanical Coloured Pencil Course and we just love Lynn’s pencil drawings and tonal shading. Aren’t they wonderful! The drawings are beautifully shaded and have some superb weight of line…

Kat Spencer

We love the this set of spooky illustrations from London Art College student Kat Spencer. The first image below is Kat’s preparatory work and as you scroll down you can see Kat’s final ink drawings. We love them all and…

Debz Wright

London Art College student Debz Wright is currently studying our Drawing and Painting Diploma Course. Debz got in touch as she has been working on this self-portrait for nearly a year. It is an oil painting on canvas and as…

Royal Academy of Arts

Nestled in the heart of London, the Royal Academy of Arts was established in 1768. This prestigious institution was founded by a group of visionaries, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, with the aim of promoting the creation, appreciation, and understanding of…

Weekend Art Challenge – Hedgehogs

Have you ever drawn or painted a hedgehog? Now is your chance! You can draw, paint, illustrate or create a cartoon of one. You can even create a digital drawing of one. All we would like to see is your…

Weekend Art Challenge – 5 Minute Sketch Results

Welcome to the results of our latest weekend art challenge where we set our students the task to create a sketch in 5 minutes. They were to time themselves for the challenge and see if they could ‘time manage’ as…

Kathryn Olley

We are absolutely delighted to showcase student Kathyrn Olley’s two stunning paintings below. Kathryn created them for a local art exhibition for International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global celebration yearly on March 8th. It is a day…

Nadja Moessner

London Art College student Nadja Moessner has just completed the Painting and Drawing Diploma Course with a distinction. Tutor Paul Weaver was delighted with her artwork and said that she had really worked hard throughout the course and and had…

David Berkoff

London Art College student David has recently completed the Landscape Painting Diploma Course with a well deserved distinction. His tutor Paul Weaver was absolutely delighted and said….. David has been a role model student, really applying himself to the studies,…

National Portrait Gallery London

Nestled in the heart of London, the National Portrait Gallery houses an incredible array of portraits of kings, queens and people of notoriety, spanning centuries of history. Established in 1856, the gallery holds the distinction of being the first dedicated…

Weekend Art Challenge – 5 Minute Sketch

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge we would like you to time yourself and create a 5 minute sketch. It can be of any subject and can be as large or small as you would like. You…

Weekend Art Challenge Reflections

Welcome to the results of this weekends art challenge where we set our students the task of creating artwork on the subject of reflections. This is quite a wide subject and could be interpreted in many ways. From reflections in…

Lily Bennett

London Art College student Lily Bennett has completed the Drawing and Painting Diploma Course with flying colours. Her tutor Paul Weaver has awarded Lily a distinction for her achievements – and at such a young age too. Lily is still…

Karen Jones

Welcome to our blogpost showcasing the artwork of London Art College student Karen Jones. Karen recently embarked on her journey with the London Art College’s Pet Portraits Diploma Course. Our course covers many aspects of learning to draw and paint…

Exploring the Treasures of the National Gallery, London

Welcome to our blog post about the National Gallery in London. Established in 1824, this iconic institution houses a remarkable collection of paintings that span from the Middle Ages to the modern era. For our London Art College students who…

Weekend Art Challenge: Reflections

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the captivating world of Reflections. Reflections in water, glass, or other reflective surfaces offer a unique and mesmerizing visual effect in artwork. Your task is to capture the…

Weekend Art Challenge – Dreamy Watercolours

Welcome to our latest weekend art challenge on the subject of Dreamy Watercolours. This task wasn’t as daunting as some of our art challenges have been this year, but it still had it’s own unique set of hurdles. It prompted…

Painting Your Personal Journey by Peter J. Hodgson

I am a multidisciplinary Bradford artist and I am into all areas of art. In the past few years, I have created my own comic book series which I am very proud of. I also make artwork for the Bradford…

Tasneen Jambulatova

Some stunningly beautiful illustrations today from London Art College student Tasneen Jambulatova who is studying the Illustration Diploma Course with tutor Steven Hersey. We hope that you find Tasneen’s artwork as inspiring as we do. Congratulations on some stunning illustration…

The Surreal World of René Magritte

René Magritte, a prominent Belgian surrealist artist, left an indelible mark on the art world with his thought-provoking and enigmatic paintings. Born on November 21, 1898, in Lessines, Belgium, Magritte’s artistic journey began in Brussels, where he studied at the…

Weekend Art Challenge: Dreamy Watercolours

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the enchanting world of Dreamy Watercolours. Watercolour painting allows you to create serene and ethereal landscapes that capture the essence of tranquillity and evoke a sense of dreaminess….

Weekend Art Challenge – Textured Landscapes

Welcome to the results of our weekend art challenge. This challenge was not only a tricky subject but also pretty time consuming too. The results from both Lucy and Oksana are absolutely stunning and we fully appreciate the time it…

Mirela Druta – March Calendar

Welcome to the third instalment of Mirela’s amazing calendar and this time it is for March. We love the illustration this month, very creative. Mirela has such a lovely illustrative style. If you have missed January and February, please do…

Helen Teal

London Art College student Helen Teal has recently completed the Coloured Pencil course with a distinction which is good news. Her tutor Paul Weaver said that Helen really worked hard and made big improvements in her drawing and observation of…

Andy Warhol: A Pop Art Maestro’s Colourful Legacy

Andy Warhol, a visionary artist and a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, revolutionized the art world with his distinctive approach to celebrity, consumer culture, and mass production. Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Warhol’s journey from a struggling illustrator…

Weekend Art Challenge: Textured Landscapes

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the captivating world of Textured Landscapes. Adding texture to your landscape painting can enhance the depth, visual interest, and tactile quality of your artwork. Your task is to…

Weekend Art Challenge – Collage of Memories

Welcome to our latest weekend art challenge, where we asked our students to create a collage of memories from their life. It could be anything from their childhood, family, or even about their grandparents memories. It could be tackled in…

Harley St John-Smith

We have some beautiful pieces of artwork for our students to view today by London Art College student Harley St John-Smith. Harley is studying our Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course with tutor Maggy Roberts. We hope you enjoy viewing them…

Richard Watson

London Art College student Richard Watson has created some excellent studies for the first two sets of artwork for the Pet Portrait Diploma course. Richard’s full head study portrait of the Malinois is particularly good. It shows Richards attention to…

Tamara de Lempicka: Art Deco Elegance

Tamara de Lempicka, a pioneering figure in the Art Deco movement of the early 20th century, left an indelible mark on the art world with her distinctive style and bold approach to portraiture. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1898, she…

Weekend Art Challenge: Collage of Memories

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the evocative world of Collage of Memories. Creating a collage using old photographs and personal mementos allows you to weave together a visual tapestry that captures cherished moments…

Weekend Art Challenge – Dystopian City

Welcome to our latest weekend art challenge, where we set our students the task of creating an illustration on how they imagine a Dystopian city would look. Admittedly this was not an easy challenge. Our challenges recently have really stretched…

Monica Tsang

New student Monica Tsang has embarked on the Pet Portrait Diploma Course and we are thrilled to showcase a few of her pencil drawings and paintings from the start of the course. We are thrilled with Monica’s progress and are…

Linda Bailey

London Art College student Linda Bailey has been working on our Chinese Brush Painting course and we are absolutely delighted to showcase some of Linda’s work here today. Tutor Monika was thrilled to be able to help Linda on her…

Sofonisba Anguissola: Renaissance Brilliance

Sofonisba Anguissola, a trailblazing Italian Renaissance painter, defied the societal norms of her time to become one of the first recognized female artists. Born in Cremona, Italy, around 1532, Anguissola’s mastery of portraiture and her contributions to the art world…

Weekend Art Challenge: Dystopian Cityscape

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the haunting and futuristic world of a Dystopian Cityscape. Dystopian settings depict societies in a state of decline or oppression, often with a dark and foreboding atmosphere. Your…

Weekend Art Challenge – Steampunk Illustration

Welcome to our most recent weekend art challenge on the theme of Steampunk! Steampunk illustration is a genre of art that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and the Victorian era. It often features machinery and technology inspired by steam…

Mirela Druta – February Calendar

If you follow our blog regularly you might remember that Mirela, who is studying the Cartooning Course has created a beautiful calendar for 2024. We have already posted January, and here is February! We hope that you find it inspiring….

Sylvia Humphrey

I started the Digital Illustration Course with the aims of improving my art and learning to use GIMP and Inkscape – I’d used illustrator and Photoshop while studying graphic design but was ready for a change. My first attempts at…

Nurgül Özkeser

We have a lovely collection of bird paintings today by London Art College student Nurgül Özkeser. They have been so delicately painted and we love them all, we cant choose our favourite! Which is yours?

Maria Sibylla Merian: A Botanical Odyssey

Maria Sibylla Merian, a pioneering naturalist and artist of the 17th century, has etched her name into the annals of scientific illustration. Born on April 2, 1647, in Frankfurt, Germany, Merian’s ground breaking work in entomology and botanical art laid…

Weekend Art Challenge: Steampunk Illustration

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will delve into the captivating world of Steampunk Illustration. Steampunk is a genre that combines elements of Victorian aesthetics, steam-powered machinery, and futuristic imagination. Your task is to create an…

Weekend Art Challenge – Surreal Dreamscape

Welcome to our latest art challenge in which we asked our students to create artwork on the subject of a Surreal Dreamscape. It was not an easy challenge by any means and we are sure it certainly made our students…

Wendy Ford

I took the course as a challenge during Lockdown. Although I have been attending art sessions for a long time I have not done various subjects which are included on the Painting and Drawing course.. especially people and animals. I…

Samuel Froelich

Our Cartooning Diploma Course provides a comprehensive and exciting journey into the world of cartooning and visual storytelling. Under the expert guidance of tutor John Byrne, students explore the principles and techniques of cartooning, gaining the skills necessary to create…

Giovanna Garzoni: A Feast for the Senses

Giovanna Garzoni, a 17th-century Italian Baroque painter, has left an indelible mark on art history with her exquisite still-life and botanical paintings. Born in 1600 in Ascoli Piceno, Garzoni’s meticulous attention to detail and vibrant use of colour have made…

Weekend Art Challenge: Surreal Dreamscape

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will delve into the intriguing realm of Surreal Dreamscape. Surrealism is an art movement that explores the mysterious and subconscious aspects of the mind, often merging reality and fantasy to…

Weekend Art Challenge – Pop Art Portraits!

Welcome to our latest results for our challenge Pop Art Portraits. This wasn’t the easiest of challenges, it definitely made our students think about the style of portrait they wanted to achieve along with the subject matter too. We have…

Malcom McKie

Discover your artistic talent and unleash your creativity with our Cartooning Diploma Course and learn to produce cartoons similar to our lovely and very talented student Malcom McKie. This comprehensive program is designed to equip aspiring cartoonists with the skills…

Leonie Schottler

The London Art College Graphic Design Diploma course is a comprehensive program designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in graphic design. The course offers a flexible learning approach, allowing students to…

Weekend Art Challenge – Fairy Tales

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the enchanting world of Fairy Tales. Fairy tales have captured our imaginations for centuries, and they offer a wealth of inspiration for creating captivating artworks. Your task is…

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke: A Storied Journey in Artistry and Femininity

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, a notable American portrait and genre painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, left an enduring legacy through her evocative works that often celebrated the strength and resilience of women. Born on October 28, 1856,…

Weekend Art Challenge: Pop Art Portraits

Welcome to this weekend’s art challenge! In this challenge, we will explore the exciting world of Pop Art Portraits. Pop Art emerged in the 1950s and 1960s as a movement that celebrated popular culture and everyday objects, incorporating bold colours,…

Weekend Art Challenge – Abstract Nature

Welcome to the results of the first weekend art challenge of the year. A massive thank you to each and every one of you who took part! We couldn’t be more delighted with the beautiful abstract artworks you’ve created. This…

Afshan Quraishi

Our Life Drawing and Painting course focuses on capturing the human form allowing the student to use a variety of different media to experiment and learn their craft. Among the students who have flourished in this program is Afshan Quraishi….

Virginia Jimenez Sanchez

I am very happy you liked my artwork, I was not expecting such a good feeback from everyone when I was doing the course to be honest. And I do consent for my artwork to be shared. Hi, I have…

Diego Rivera: The Muralist of Mexican Identity & Social Commentary

Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican artist of the 20th century, left an indelible mark on the art world through his monumental murals and passionate depiction of Mexican culture, history, and social issues. Born on December 8, 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico,…

Kat Spencer

London Art College student Kat Spencer has created some absolutely amazing pieces of work for her first set of assignments for the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course. Our Illustrating Children’s book Diploma Course teaches you how to create captivating illustrations…

Weekend Art Challenge: Abstract Nature

We would like our students to create an abstract artwork inspired by elements of nature using any medium of your choice. Embrace the beauty, patterns, colours, and textures found in the natural world and translate them into a unique and…

Weekend Art Challenge – Cats and Kittens

Welcome to our first weekend art challenge of 2024! And what an amazing amount of artwork we have received from our students this week. Who could resist the subject of cats and kittens! We have received some amazing artwork. Our…