Enrol with Confidence – Postal Delays

While there is any likelihood of industrial action in the UK postal service, all courses will be despatched via an independent courier service to ensure you receive your course quickly.

Existing students submitting assignments can either scan and send their work electronically either via our web site; www.londonartcollege.co.uk or as an attachment to an e-mail to admin@londonartcollege.co.uk

Alternatively work can be sent by courier to:

The London Art College,
Administration Centre,
Bela House,
Beetham Road,

Or: continue to send work first class via the postal service to the Lancaster address on the back of your folder and if there are any delays due to industrial action we will extend the length of your course to compensate.

Outstanding Graphic Design Course Student

This piece of work is by Hana Tesarova, studying on our Graphic Design Course, and the tutor, Vanessa Weaver picked this piece out for us to post on the college news blog. Vanessa felt it was a really outstanding piece and has written a paragraph explaining the artwork below.

This piece of work is by Hana Tesarova, a new student, and these are her responses to the first design project on the course. The task requires students to design six illustrations for various destinations and activities around the world. Students are restricted to using pen and ink only and I am impressed with the strong tonal contrast Hana has achieved, resulting in a bold graphic style.


Winner & Runner up of the Student of the Year 2009

We would proudly like to announce the Winner and Runner up of the London Art College Student of the Year 2009 competition. The 60 Entries for the competition were absolutely outstanding. From those the tutors voted on 13 finalists. At the Annual General Meeting the tutors studied the final 13 pieces in detail and voted a winner and runner up. It was a difficult decision and the voting was very close. There was however a clear winner and this was Mark Jephcotts ‘ Time Slip’ with  ‘A man with a Violin’ coming a close second.

The winners painting – Time Slip’ wowed the tutors, who all agreed that the concept, the composition, imagination and quality of painting was outstanding.

The Runner up was won by Ann Davies who has recently completed the Drawing and Painting Course. Her Oil portrait of ‘A man with a Violin’ definitely won over the tutors because of its fluid strokes, lovely painterly style and use of light within the painting.

The winning entries can be found below, along with photos  and messages from the artists themselves. You can view the 60 entries and also view the 13 finalists. The London Art College would like to wish them all the very best for the future career.

Introduction to Mark Jephcotts ‘Time Slip’

The London Art College judging panel agreed that overall the standard of work entered into the competition was very high this year. It was a terrific opportunity for tutors to meet up and view the entries together. Mark Jephcott is a worthy winner of this year’s Student of the Year competition. ‘Time Slip’ is a wonderfully conceptual piece of art and has been finished to an extremely high standard. It is a super composition with many interesting elements that really capture the imagination.

Throughout the Art in Graphic Design course Mark demonstrated his creative ability across a range of art and design disciplines using both traditional methods and computer based work. His success in this competition very much reflects the standard of work completed during the course, which helped him to build a strong portfolio of work.

Since completing his Diploma with London Art College Mark has now gained a place on a BA Graphic Design course. I wish him continued success in the future. Many congratulations!
Vanessa Weaver – Graphic Design Diploma Course

Letter from Mark Jephcott

Firstly I would like to offer my deepest thanks to London Art College and my Art In Graphic Design diploma course tutor, Vanessa Weaver. I feel honoured to have received the Student of the Year award, and more than a little stunned! London Art College has done far more than help me to develop my skills through the course, my diploma helped to secure my place on the BA Hons in Graphic Design and Illustration degree course that I am currently studying. I am hoping that if/when I graduate I will go on to work in the graphic design and illustration industry and make my mark on the world!

I have been disabled due to severe rheumatoid arthritis for the past 16 years since the age of 24. This has obviously affected my ability to work over the years, and now I finally have the opportunity to hope for a real career.

‘Time Slip’ was the first large work that I did after my diploma course and was a project that evolved over the space of a couple of months, I have always had an interest in Surrealism and wanted to create my own piece. The various elements were created separately in a variety of media, for example; the locomotive was ‘painted’ in ballpoint pen, the zip and space scene were painted in acrylic. Once finished, all of the elements were brought together in Adobe Photoshop where they were integrated into the piece, each element being connected to the other, yet being totally separate. Each element seems to have its individual place in time even though all are present in the image, hence the title!

I would not be in the position that I am now without the help and inspiration that I have had from London Art College, and that is something that I will never forget. Once again, my deepest thanks to you all.
Mark Jephcott

2009 Runner Up – Anne Davies ‘Man with a Violin’

Letter From Anne Davies

Thank you so much for your recent letter informing me of the Runner’s- up award in The Student of the Year Competition. I painted ‘The Man with a Violin’ as part of my Drawing and Painting Course work. Being greatly motivated by the subject; I’m so pleased it has been given a prize! Many thanks to my tutor Maja who encouraged me to take part. This result has, whilst boosting my confidence no end, has also renewed my determination to succeed in obtaining my diploma. Proof that it’s never too late to have a go! I attended an Art School in Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk as a young girl, but went into nursing. Having always had a passion for art, my family would say I’ve never stopped ‘doodling’ so it was great to have a second go, with your distance learning Art College Course .This in turn has enabled me to accomplish more than I expected.
Ann Davies

Young Artists Course

We have recently had work in from a new student, Ms G Clarke, who is currently undertaking the Young Artists 1 course. We were delighted with her drawing of a tomato and we felt it was blogworthy. The student has noted various elements about the tomato. This technique helps young artists to observe the object and include things they may normally have missed when drawing.


Portraiture Student

For this blog post we will be focusing on the wonderful artwork of student Pernilla Nehler who is currently studying the Portraiture course. She has very kindly allowed us to post her work, and we are delighted! The student has written a short paragraph below about her experiences and why she decided to take the course. We wish Pernilla every success in the course and for her future portraits!

I love to draw/paint – used to be my favourite subject in school. I even tried to get accepted to some different art schools after secondary school – didn’t succeed, so I gave it up. The years went by and I got an education in IT instead, meet my husband, bought an old house and got two sons. There were no time for me to paint – except house walls! But now, when my two boys are a bit older, 10 and 13, I again have own time to spend!  I have tried some evenings courses earlier and last year another distance art course but has been rather disappointed. I think that LAC will prove to be a much better choice! I have just started with the portraiture course, hopefully it will be a step towards my long term goal that one day be able to do portraits on commission.


Student Of the Year now closed

The Student of the Year 2009 competition has now closed.

We have had an amazing 60 entries for the competition and all of the pieces are of a very high standard, all with varied subjects and media. The tutors and principal of the college now have the difficult task of choosing a winner and we will be announcing the results very soon. If you would like to see all of the entries to this year competition visit our student of the year gallery.

We would like to thank everyone who entered and the best of luck!