Artwork Challenge – Biscuits!

Well done to Ethne Dian, Pauline Burke and Shiela Brown for creating some beautiful artwork this week for the weekend challenge. Sheilas custard creams are very recognisable too…and we agree perfect for dunking!! We hope you enjoy viewing them and stay tuned for tomorrow new art challenge….

Ethne Dian
Pauline Burke
Sheila Brown

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Weekend Challenge – Leaves Artwork!

Welcome to the results of this weekend’s challenge – leaves! We have received some beautiful pieces of artwork this week with some very pretty leaves! Maria Ei Zar has created a beautiful close up of a leave with droplets of water – stunning! We feel that Linda’s array of leaves are beautiful. Linda said…..

“I only discovered acrylics through the Drawing and Painting course last year, and I’m loving them. This painting is a view of vine leaves through the glass of a conservatory.”

Students Pauline and Sheila have created a double page spread of a variety of leaves and we very much like the way they have added text around their artwork – isn’t it wonderful!

If you can’t think of what to draw or paint today, look no further. Find a leaf and give it a go!

Sheila Brown
Linda Haynes
Pauline Burke
Maria Ei Zar

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Weekend Challenge – Easter Artwork

We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter! The artwork below is an amazing selection of work from last weekends challenge and we hope that you enjoy viewing them all. Don’t forget you can click each one to see them larger! What a great turn out this week! Well done everyone!

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Weekend Challenge – Sunsets Artwork!

Welcome to the results of the weekend challenge for sunsets! Our students have created some wonderful paintings which you can see below.

Jill Allsopp created the sunset in oils on canvas and said .. “I love these challenges, they give me something relaxing to do in between concentrating on drawing for the course I am on.”

We love to hear that our students are enjoying these challenges and we are thrilled when we receive paintings and drawings from our students who are completing them. Keep up the amazing work everyone!

Don’t forget to click on the paintings below to see them larger!

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 – Shoes & Boots Artwork!

We set our students the task to draw any shoes or boots they own – or from the vast array of copyright free photos we found for them. Our students have sent us a wonderful selection of artwork this week and you can see some of them below.

Maria El Zar’s watercolor line & wash boots are fantastic and the drawing is bold and eye catching. We could quite imagine it being a logo for a clothing company! Sheila’s eye catching red boots are stunning and newcomer Jill Allsopp’s oil painting on paper is simply beautiful.

Pauline Burke and Jill Burden have both painted some very delicate and pretty shoes as the final pieces on our blog post. Paulines are tap shoes! How wonderful! We love the fine stitching detail both students have observed and included in their work. Well done both!!

Overall what a lovely collection of shoes and boots and a successful challenge! Stay tuned for our up and coming weekend challenge tomorrow. Get your colourful pencils and paints at the ready!!

Maria El Zar
Sheila Brown
Jill Allsopp
Pauline Burke

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Jane Burden
Delphine Lartigues

Weekend Challenge – Apples Artwork!

Welcome to the results of last weekends challenge. We have received 10 submissions from our students of Apples! Take a look at the wonderful array and variation below – aren’t they all amazing! We have apples in watercolour, oil, coloured pencil, pen and ink and acrylic. Our students have really worked hard thats for sure!

The artwork covers a multitude of techniques in their chosen medium. Our students are really working hard each week to improve their observational skills, creating textures, spheres, solidity, realism, light and shade – and of course enjoying the process at the same time. Making themselves better artists in the process. Really well done for all those who are getting involved – give yourselves a pat on the back! Stay tuned for the next challenge….!

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Weekend Challenge Apples Artwork!

This weekends challenge is another tricky subject. Apples in a bowl! You might think ‘Ahh thats easy!’ however here is your chance to experiment with texture, shine and solidity, whilst juggling spheres, shadows and ellipses.

You can choose any kind of apple, cut or whole, in any type of bowl. The idea being is that you not only have the textures of the apple to deal with but you have the ellipse of the bowl to deal with too!

If you are creating your artwork in pencil, concentrate on your tones, shading the shadows dark, to allow the mid tones to create the objects shape and form. Allow the white of the paper to form the highlights.

If you are painting your bowl of apples, we have added some paintings as inspiration by Julian Merrow-Smith below in our gallery.

Student can use the photos below as reference or find your own apples and draw them from life. We wish you the best of luck! Have fun!

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

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 – Shells Artwork!

Last weekend we set our students the task of drawing or painting some shells, either from the copyright free photos we posted on our blog, or from shells they had already collected. What a wonderful array of paintings and drawings we received this week! We have added them all in our Shell Gallery below and you can click each one to see them larger. Aren’t they all beautiful!! Well done to each and every student who submitted this week!

Look out for our next challenge tomorrow! We would love for you to take part. All you need to do is create your masterpiece and email it to us direct or post it on our Facebook Group page. It’s all about having fun, relaxing and learning at the same time.

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Weekend Challenge – Earthy Objects!

What an amazing array of artwork for our earthy objects challenge that we set our students to work on. We have posted all of the pieces of artwork that we received this week and there are some incredible paintings below.

The first painting was completed by Gaythri. It is incredible…particularly when you read the entire painting was completed using coffee! Yes, you read it correctly, coffee.

I can see students are now running off to find their coffee pot to experiment with their own work. Congratulations Gaythri and all of the students who submitted artwork below – well done!!!

Gaythri Alwan

Gaythri said… Sending the weekend challenge entry- earthly objects.  It is a coffee painting.  Since the colors in the reference photo is very much related to brown shades,  I used coffee as the medium. Coffee is a challenging medium  as you know.  I have used all the shades of coffee to give shading. As you know, we could not adjust the covered area since coffee will make a mark. I have tried my best.  Comments welcome. Gaythri G

Alex Schofield

Alex said… This is the first time I have sent in a photo of Weekend Challenge work, I have only been studying Drawing & Painting (tutor Paul Weaver) for a few weeks. It is a piece drawn using watercolour pencils then smeared a bit with damp fingers. It isn’t perfect! And not easy to draw from a computer screen, but I found it taught me a thing or two. Or three or four.
Alex Schofield

Jane Burden
Shelia Brown

Shelia said….I enjoyed doing this picture using watercolour and ink.
Sheila Brown 

Pauline Burke

Pauline said …I tried a brush, pen and ink which I attach! Thanks
Pauline  xx

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Weekend Challenge – Hands Artwork!

What an amazing collection of hands! It was not an easy challenge and we are so proud of the students who completed the task and submitted work for us to post on our blog.

Sue McAulay’s study of a hand is very solid and three dimensional. The direction of shading is excellent. Sue has shaded within the contours of the hand and fingers to create the rounded feel to them. Also noting the light and shade helps to create the solidity and 3d feel. Well done Sue!

Pauline and Sheila have both taken up the challenge of drawing a hand and ‘painting’ on it to make it become something quite different! We love both pieces, absolutely wonderful and lots of imagination and creativity here!

Jane Burden has created three wonderful studies of hands in her sketchbook. Ultimately all students should keep a sketchbook and draw in it from life daily. This not only helps students to improve observational skills but also the handling of the pencil and refining line, shading, tonal ranges, light and shade etc. Superb drawings Jane, keep up the good work.

Another stunning drawing by Heidi Elizabeth. We not only have a hand drawing here, but Elizabeth is holding another very tricky subject to draw..an egg! The hand and egg have been drawn and shaded extremely well. The shadow on the wall behind along with the shading of the background helps to create a very three dimensional and solid drawing. Excellent light and shade too!

And finally one of our favourites is by Maria Win, her hands painted in watercolour. Utterly beautiful! Crisp, fresh washes, beautiful skin tones and a light filled painting. Well done Maria!

We hope that you have enjoyed viewing the paintings and drawings here. If you would like to take part in the next challenge, keep an eye out on our blog for our next post!

Sue McAuley
Pauline burke
Sheila Brown
Jane Burden
Jane Burden
Jane Burden
Heidi Elizabeth‎
Maria Win
‘If these hands could talk’ by Rafaella Somma

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