London Art College on Facebook!

We would like to introduce our students and readers to our brand new Facebook page. We would love students input! Come over and ‘like’ our page and if you would like your artwork in our galleries on there, just drop us a line at with your artwork, course and student number and we will post it for you in the galleries.

Joanne’s Painting – Garden View

I contacted Joanne yesterday after seeing a piece of artwork that she had recently completed and submitted for the Drawing and Painting Diploma course. I really loved what she had created and wanted to add it to the college news blog. I emailed Joanne to ask if she could write something about it and she replied with such a wonderful email, thank you Joanne : )  Here’s what she had to say : )
Hi Melanie
So excited that you like my picture so much!!!!!!!
A few years ago my daughters were in ‘ the Brownies and on mothers day they gave me a little card with a beautiful picture of a garden view through a window , it’s only 3x 4″ big but it’s been pinned to my easel ever since. This is where my inspiration came from, I have painted so many flowers and gardens over the years just from looking at this little card. I painted this picture in acrylics as this is my favourite medium, I just love how this has turned out, especially the leaves near the bottom of the scene.

I have been painting and drawing on and off for years and many times have felt like throwing my paintbrushes out the window, as a beginner you don’t realise that every painting and drawing – good or bad is all Progression. And when you get an email like I’ve had from Melanie – its the best feeling ever and just makes you want to progress more and more.
So Thank You Melanie
You have really made my day !!!!
Happy Painting

Student competition winner!

Congratulations to Melaine D’Cruze who entered and won a competition for a Photo and Drawing Contest 2012 on “What is a good early childhood?”  in association with UNESCO Bangkok, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC). We would like to congratulate Melaine on her competition win and wish her all the best with her studies on our Children’s Illustration Diploma and her future career as an children’s illustrator.

I am pleased to share with you that my artwork submitted at UNESCO Bangkok, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) on the occasion of Global Action Week has been selected as a winning entry.

Here is the link to the announcement: Competition winners >>

I would like to thank LAC and my course tutor for whatever I have learnt, because of which I entered and won this contest.

‘Riley’s Handprints’

A short description of why I did this picture, part of the entry form for the contest.

Melaine D’Cruze
Illustrating Children’s Books (D6) Student

Illustration and the Children’s Book Industry: Secrets to Success

We have received an email from the Association of Illustrators, our children’s illustrators might be interested.


Illustration and the Children’s Book Industry: Secrets to Success

Saturday 23 June, 10.00-17.30
Toynbee Studios Theatre,
Arts Admin Lecture Theatre,
28 Commercial Street,
London, E1 6AB

This one-day event aims to provide artists with all the essential information needed for working in the field of children’s book illustration. Presentations and talks are given by a wide range of experts with specialist knowledge including prolific illustrator Tony Ross of Horrid Henry fame, Alex T Smith who was shortlisted for this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011 Chris Haughton and Claudia Boldt.

Topics under discussion include what publishers look for in a potential illustrator, what agents want to see from submissions, the portfolio of the children’s book illustrator and the inspiration behind some of the UK’s bestselling picture books.

This event, organised by the Association of Illustrators (AOI), is open to illustration students and working illustrators at different stages of their professional career as well as anyone with a lively curiosity about the industry.

Non Members £45
Students, AOI & SCWBI Members £35

Advanced booking recommended, securely online using the link below, or call 020 7324 7224 to pay by credit or debit card


Carols Colour Wheel…

I recently asked one of my students if it would be ok to post her colour wheel drawing on our college blog. I felt that it was not only fantastically drawn but it fits the colour wheel concept so well.  Carols rendering of the piece is perfect and she gets full marks for this! I hope you enjoy viewing it and reading what Carol has to say below.


This is Elaine on her posh dressage horse at a local competition.  I decided to draw them for the colour wheel exercise as I can’t seem to work up a head of steam for inanimate objects – it’s warm fur & bright eyes that push my buttons.  Joining the colours up to create some sort of form was challenging enough, but I’m happy with the outcome for a first attempt.  The background shapes & colours just grew and grew on their own and were a great learning thing for me, which is what I’m here for after all!
Carol – Pet Portraits Diploma (D5)

The Oldie British Artists Award

We have recived an email with the following information about the Oldie british Artist Award…if any of you enter and win, let us know!


The Oldie British Artists Award – to recognise the achievements of British Artists over the age of 60

Read more at our website –

Richard Ingrams says: ‘We are all familiar with rooms full of formaldehyde and rotting meat and sump oil and exploding sheds. So we thought it was high time that the art world was encouraged to produce a spot of painting. Let’s hope the OBA Award does just that.’

THE OBA, which has a prize of £5,000, is being launched as a counterblast to the unmade beds of the YBAs (Young British Artists). We want to celebrate figurative art: pictures which are recognisably derived from the real world.

We are delighted to announce that Maggi Hambling has agreed to chair the judging panel. Other judges are Richard Ingrams, Huon Mallalieu, Philip Athillof the Abbott and Holder Gallery, and Clare Pardy of Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Anyone over 60 who is a UK resident can enter. Entries should be on paper or canvas (no larger than 36″ x 30″) and using any materials (oil, watercolour or acrylics). Strictly no formaldehyde and no prints. Works must have been executed since 1 January 2011.

The shortlist of ten works of art will be announced on 17 August 2012. The shortlisted artists will then be asked to provide a portfolio of their work which will form part of the final judging process by 14 September.

The winner will be announced and presented with the OBA at a ceremony on 16 October at the English Speaking Union, 37 Charles St, London W1. Additionally, Abbott and Holder in Museum Street will host an exhibition of the winning artist’s work.


The closing date is 31 July 2012.

★ Applicants must have reached the age of 60 by 1 September 2012
★ Applicants may only enter one work
★ The maximum dimensions must be no greater than 36″ x 30″
★ Download a full application form here or request a form from Charlotte Fairbairn on 020 7436 8801
★ Click here for a full set of terms and conditions
★ Please email your application form and a jpeg of your picture
to OR post your form and a photograph of
your picture to The OBAs, 65 Newman Street, London WIT 3EG
to arrive no later than 5pm on 31st July 2012