Weekend Art Challenge – Stones and Pebbles!

Welcome to our Weekend Challenge – Stones and Pebbles. We would love our students to create artwork from the photos below. Alternatively if you have access to a beach, river or pebbles in your garden, set up your own still life.

If you do live near a beach, why not take your sketchbook and create some on the spot studies. We would love to see your spontaneous work come to life. Perhaps you can take a few pebbles home to create your still life with for your final piece. When you have finished..don’t forget to take them back again!

Post them on our Facebook page, or email them to us! Most of all – have fun and be creative!!

Post your work on our Facebook Group or email it to us for inclusion on our blog later this week.

All of the photos we post on our London Art College Weekend Challenges are copyright free. Feel free to use the artwork you produce however you wish. If you would like your artwork posted here on our blog, email it to Melanie at techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk. If you have any Weekend Challenge requests let us know too! Best of luck and happy drawing and painting!

Weekend Challenge – Copy Your Favourite Artwork

Welcome to our latest weekend challenge. We asked our students to create a copy or their own version of their favourite piece of artwork. We have received a stunning selection of artwork submitted by our wonderful students.

If you view the paintings and drawings below and find that you aren’t familiar with any of the pieces, we encourage you to research them! A passion for art history, to see what artwork came before us can be so inspirational. Loose yourself for an hour or two and enjoy viewing the paintings and drawings and finding out about the original artists work too!

Stay tuned for another challenge – and a competition too!

This is a drawing of Leonardo da Vinci. Study for the head of Leda. c. 1505-1507. I have tried this in pencil for the Weekend challenge. The source image is not very clear. Tried my style for finishing details.
Gaythri Mira
Weekend challenge. I love this Cezanne watercolour, the colours are beautifully clean and delicate.
Dinah Barker
Van Gogh Love love love him!  The Starry Night in watercolour.
Jackie Groves
After etchings of Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières (1742). I decide to mix 2 etchings and to make some additional background – to make more interaction between main figures. It was lovely and very interesting.
Aleksandr Petrunin
My attempt at creating an erte pic. Done in ink and pen in the style of zentangle. Called The Balcony.
Karen Dishman
The immortal Jan van Eyck and a copy of his stylish 1433 portrait, in fashionable turban.
Julie Smalley
I have always been inspired by Kandinsky. I love his use of colour. 
I enjoyed working with pen and pastel on this piece as haven’t done so for a while.
Kirstie Baker
My favorite artists are Turner and Van Gogh.  This painting by Turner was the subject of the first painting I ever attempted, 47 years ago.  I realized late last night as I was trying to finish that creating a “copy” was an exercise in futility due to this master’s talent and the delicate nuances he was able to achieve. The tug boat needs more work which I will do soon.
Keith Waters
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers has mesmerised me for years. I love the painting but don’t know why, I just know it makes me feel calm. I had a go at recreating it in my own way.
Leanne Hurrell
I don’t have a number one favourite artist, but Picasso is surely in my top five! I copied this painting (The Lesson) because, although it is said to depict a girl being taught by her tutor, it reminds me of my children who both STILL love reading despite two gruelling A Level years sat heads down in what seems to have been hundreds of books! Why do I admire Picasso? He painted a diary, and allowed us all to read it, warts and all!
Julie Wardrop
I have tried to copy one of my favourite artists Beatrix Potter. I love drawing and I am inspired by her attention to detail and delicate colours, I just love the characters she portray’s.  I got to see her cottage in the lake district and the beautiful scenery that inspired her! It was amazing to see some of her actual drawings on display too. The characters are from the tales of Tom Kitten!
Pauline Burke
I have chosen to paint “Head of a young Woman” by Degas, described by the critics as his most intense portrait. I have just registered to do the portrait course with Alan Dedman and felt this challenge would be good practice, I realise I have a long way to go!! 
Sheila Brown 
I tried recreating Raja Ravi Varma’s famous drawing “The Village Girl”. I chose this picture because it shows our Indian culture and tradition. I enjoyed doing it entirely with black markers.
Latha Prabakar
This is a drawing of a Miró sculpture that was in a park near my apartment in Paris. I loved having such a quirky piece of art so close to where I lived and I’d sit and look at the curves and reflections while my children played in the park. I miss Paris a lot and this is a lovely reminder of all the wonderful times I had there.
Shamina Chowdhury

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Oksana Lupych

Oksana Lupych is currently taking the Oil painting course with tutor Alan Dedman and has produced three superb paintings of fruit in different colours and a very unique style. Oksana said….

I am from Ukraine. Oksana is very popular traditional Ukrainian name. I would like to develop my modest oil painting skills and successfully graduate the oils course 🙂

Oksana Lupych

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Katja Felbel

For this section of my assignment I decided to work on a guinea pig. Maybe I should have done more movement for the comic version of it. For his bird friend I came up with a budgie. I thought they could be a good couple. As you can see, they are having fun by playing cards. I painted the picture with watercolour. The guinea pig could have some more texture I guess. All together I am happy with the colours and the figures – especially with the guinea pig. 
Katja Felbel
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Judith Legg

This painting is of Boddam lighthouse in Aberdeenshire. I found painting only as far as your field of vision challenging because it was all too easy to move your eye or head to see beyond the spot you had focused on.  I am pleased with this painting.  It’s the first time I have used a palette knife and enjoyed using the acrylic paint much thicker than I normally would do. The painting took shape quickly but I am pleased with the way the rocks and sea turned out.
Judith Legg
Landscape Diploma Course

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Sharron Watson

I can only say that during this course I’ve become somewhat inspired. I’ve taken on subjects that I would never even have attempted before. I tend to be very critical of my work and it’s been a joy to receive feedback from someone who’s qualified to do so. Because of this course I’ve been able to complete a portrait of my husband which means a great deal to me as he has dementia and a severe heart problem, both untreatable unfortunately. I would encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and see what happens !
Sharron Watson
Coloured Pencil Course

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Weekend Challenge – Copy Your Favourite Artwork

This weekends challenge is a little bit different. We would like you to recreate your favourite painting or drawing, either as a copy or in your own style, as homage to your favourite artist. We would like you to show us your artwork and also include the artwork that you worked from telling us about the original artist and why you admire them.

For a little inspiration, the first painting below is a copy I created using traditional oils, whilst at school at aged 18, entitled ‘A Wheatfield, with Cypresses’ 1889 by artist Vincent van Gogh. You can see the original Van Gogh below my own. The painting was only a small study 7×6 inches whereas the original was 28 x 35 inches. So mine was painted on a much smaller scale. I studied a variety of artists whilst doing my a’levels and both Van Gogh and Mondrian were among my favourite artists. I gained a lot of inspiration from studying them. So thats my story behind the painting.

You can create your artwork to any size and in any medium as long as it can be photographed and emailed to us or posted on our facebook group along with the original. We are very much looking forward to hearing about your favoruite artists and seeing your artwork. A big thanks to student Shamina Chowdhury giving us the idea for this challenge!

Melanie’s version of ‘A Wheatfield, with Cypresses’ 1889, Vincent van Gogh
A Wheatfield, with Cypresses 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Weekend Challenge – Seascapes Artwork!

Welcome to another very popular weekend challenge – Seascapes! We have received an amazing number of paintings this week and we hope you enjoy viewing them all. We have added all of the paintings and drawings below with students names underneath, along with text about each piece if provided.

Students have created some incredible and very atmospheric paintings and we just can’t pick out favourite – they are all simply stunning!

A shout out to Denise Dancer who’s artwork is in the gallery below. Student Julie Smalley said to Denise – “Kudos! You have managed to combine the two Weekend Challenges. Now that IS clever.” (last weekend was our dog painting challenge) Well done Denise – dog in a seascape receives top marks from us!

We hope that all of our students enjoyed participating in our weekend challenge and we look forward to seeing everyones artwork for the next challenge – published here tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Seascape done in Procreate using the ‘oils’ brush. Started this in February and decided it was time to finish it, thanks to the weekend challenge.
Louise Dexter
This painting is special to me. Took it as a challenge, not to use any digital tools for drawing tablet or mouse or even software like Photoshop. This is a Touch screen painting using a basic Paint app of Windows. My fingers were the brushes and I completed in 1 1/2 hours, using spray paint and crayon brushes. I could not get very sharp details with this app, but I have managed to paint using the reference photo in the blog post.
Gayathri G
A surfer on Killiney beach Dublin. I tried to capture the surf on the Irish sea! 
Pauline Burke
Seascape in water colour which is not my best medium!!
Gwen Reavley
Weekend Challenge – Seascape 
Kirstie Baker
Watercolour
Maria Ei Zar
This is my painting for seascape, it is of one of our beaches named Moulin Huet
The beach is famous for 17 paintings created by Renoir on a months visit he made to the island (Guernsey) in 1883. He painted in his impressionist style which he called sketch painting. So this is my first effort in Impressionism
Sheila Brown
Experiment with a set of brush pens.
Julie Smalley
My first real attempt at a wave crashing on rocks in watercolour!
Avril Walker
Up to my eyes starting the Digital Illustration course, getting to know my new Wacom and getting ready to go to Spain for the next 3 months – so this is an old one – where we’re heading – Javea.
Audrey Quinton
Abstract Seascape in acrylics for the weekend challenge!
Jackie Groves
Seascape, Isle of Harris. Oil on canvas.
Dinah Barker
Here’s a seascape I did towards my landscape diploma unit two. 
Rachel Bedford
Seascape – oil on canvas board
Eileen Maspero
Watercolour
Jan Underdown
Back to my old impressionistic style in oils.
Jill Allsopp
Denise Dancer!
Sally Wilson
I recently started the Illustration course, so this is my first time posting. We had a houseful this weekend, so this is a seascape I did last year in watercolor. I hope to have more time this weekend to put into the next challenge!
Connie Hohman Berry
Fenella Humphreys‎
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford and half Imperial in size – approx 50 x 30 cm and based on a sketch I made. It looks due east along the Thames towards the North sea.
Clifford Herbert
My seascape. Oil painting
Mariana GP

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.

Lynn Stuart-James

Lynn has completed the Chinese Brush Painting course and passed successfully with a Distinction! We have added some of Lynn’s artwork from her final set below and we hope you enjoy viewing them.
Lynn said..

It does not seem possible that this is the final set of paintings to send to you.  I have so enjoyed this course – thank you for all your encouraging and constructive feedback.

Lynn Stuart-James

Jutta Kris

Student Jutta Kris has worked really hard on the Drawing and Painting Diploma course and passed with a Distinction! Tutor Paul Weaver was thrilled and delighted with each set Jutta submitted and we have added a lovely selection of her work below. Such beautiful and pretty colours, our favourite has to be the cup of tea and cakes watercolour painting below – stunning! Congratulations Jutta on a wonderful array of work and we wish you the best of luck with your future art and illustration endeavours!!

If you would like to receive a roundup of all of our blog posts once a week to keep you inspired in your inbox, why not sign up to our newsletter. You can access our sign up at the top of our page. If you are a London Art College student and you would like your artwork featured here, drop us a line at any time.