Weekend Challenge – Toys!

This weekends art challenge is all about children’s toys. We would like you to portray either one single toy or a collection – the choice is yours. We have added some ideas below for you. If you don’t have access to toys you can work from photos and the ones below are copyright free.

The artwork can be in black and white or colour and perhaps it might be an idea to think about the composition. If you would like to mix things up a little try to view it from a slightly different angle than usual, either looking up at it or looking down at the toy and drawing form that perspective. Perhaps the toys could be all jumbled in a box or on a table. The choice is yours!!

We hope that you enjoy this challenge and we look forward to seeing students ideas for the challenge and the kind of toys that you choose to portray! Have fun!!

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 – Pebbles!

Welcome to this weeks challenge – a very outdoorsy one for the summer – pebbles! We certainly set our students quite a challenge this week as pebbles are not easy to capture in pencil, paint or digital. However our students have created some amazing pieces of artwork and we hope you enjoy viewing them all below.

Sheila managed to combine a bbq and a photoshoot with pebbles and a dog looking longingly at their bbq – what a perfect opportunity that just couldn’t be missed! We also wanted to give a mention to Connie Hohman Berry as she has started a beautiful digital piece which is very three dimensional and realistic and we are looking forward to seeing it finished and posted on our Facebook group in the coming weeks.

There definitely will be another challenge tomorrow, however we hope that our students have noted that we have opened our yearly London Art College competition. If you havent seen it here is a link – London Art College Art Competition 2019 Open to all current students with a chance of prize, so don’t delay, get the ideas flowing for your artwork for that too!

Happy painting everyone!


On Saturday evening a group of us were having a BBQ when along came this little 
“adorable, “ and sat hoping for a BBQ sausage.  I saw my opportunity for “the pebble challenge, “
Sheila Brown
I tried copying one of the photos to try to get the pebbles with a wet effect! 
Pauline xx
…obviously I didn’t finish, but this was my start on the weekend challenge. I did this using ArtRage on my iPad – just getting started trying some digital art.
Connie Hohman Berry
Watercolour
Maria Ei Zar
Pebbles in snow
Sally Wilson
Not Four Candles…Three Candles!
Julie Smalley
My “Lively Still Life” which colourfully reminds me of an amazing trip to Cyprus with my sister and her little daughter. While my lovely niece was enjoying new country, the seaside, her first swims and practicing her English for the first time – I adopted her curiosity and was enjoying every moment too. I started noticing so many beautiful details in surrounding nature, that even stones became my inspiration and… a colourful drawing.
Mila Zinzen
Weekend challenge – exploring digital.
Kirstie Baker
I selected a photo of stones and pebbles with grass in it. I liked it because the depiction looked lively for the theme.
Latha Prabakar
Avril Walker

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Ailsa Chapman

Ailsa Chapman recently enrolled on our Botanical Coloured Pencils Course. Tutor Ida was thrilled to receive her latest submission.

Ailsa said on enrolment…
‘My ambition is to produce work which is of a high enough standard to be accepted by the Society of Botanical Artists and / or the UK Coloured Pencil Society.. Most courses on Botanical art and illustration focus mainly on using watercolour, but as I prefer to use coloured pencils for much of my floral work I decided this course would be more suitable in terms of helping me to develop my own particular stills as an artist.”

Michael Van Der Roost

Michael Van Der Roost created these studies on the portrait course with tutor Alan Dedman. In the superb study below Michael chose to add detail in the face and hands allowing the jumper of the sitter to have far less importance. This really allows us to concentrate on the areas of the subject we look at first – the face and then the hands. The whole piece pulls together beautifully and is a well rendered and observed study. Inspirational!

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Jean-Christophe Castera

We have a stunning painting today by Landscape Diploma student Jean-Christophe Castera. His painting is full of light along with cool colours in the sky and road. This allows the warm tones of the buildings to ‘pop’ where the sun is streaming down the street on the left. Super painting Jean-Christophe!

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It’s competition time again!!

It’s that time of year again! We have officially opened this years London Art College Art Competition. Students can submit any drawing or painting they have completed – one entry per student. First prize is £200 second prize is £100 (prizes in amazon vouchers)

Students need to have their entries to us by 12th October 2019 and they need to email a clear scan or in focus photograph, with no watermarks or frames. Try to send large resolution images, at least 1000 pixels wide in JPEG format to – entries@londonartcollege.co.uk
Please include your full name and student number.
Best of luck and happy painting!

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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

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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

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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

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