Weekend Challenge – Spring Leaves

Welcome to our weekend challenge – spring leaves. We would like you to find some leaves to draw or paint. They can be in situ similar to the photos below, or why not draw or paint studies of leaves that you collect from various trees and shrubs.

The leaves don’t have to be green either! Why not look for some different colours or perhaps lots of shades of green.

Be imaginative with your composition, using soft background or perhaps design your sketch book studies so you can write the name of the leaf you have drawn. You could even find its latin name! Use any medium you feel comfortable in using – pastel, coloured pencil, acrylic, oils, digital or mixed media.

Most of all have fun and let us know how you get on!

Spring green Leafs – light bright blue background

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

Colourful Spring Leaves
Bright coloured leaves, mid to dark green soft background

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 – Easter

Seeing as it is Easter we would like you to create a painting or drawing that encapsulates Easter for you. You can paint anything that you feel works with the Easter theme.

Some ideas could be to paint your brightly coloured chocolate easter eggs with their boxes, or set up a realistic still life of eggs in a bowl just like the paintings of Jos van Riswick shown below.

You could also paint chicks, chickens, signs of spring with flowers, pretty gardens, spring time illustrations etc. Its a wide topic so use your imagination!

You might also like to draw an egg similar to the very clever still life by J.D.Hillberry. The whole piece of drawn, including the pencil, the notepad with the chicken drawing – even the masking tape!

We hope that you find it inspiring and we are very much looking forward to seeing your take on Easter – we also would like to wish you a very Happy Easter too!

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

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Weekend Challenge – Sunsets!

This Weekend Challenge is all about colourful sunsets. Work from photos or the real thing, it is completely up to you. We would like to see plenty of colour and depth of tone, so don’t be afraid to go for it! It can be completed in coloured pencil, pastel, oils, watercolour, acrylic or mixed media. We have added lots of photos below in the gallery as inspiration. Don’t forget you can click on the images to see high resolution versions too. 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 – Boots & Shoes

Welcome to this weekends art challenge. Boots and Shoes. We all have access to footwear, whether it is a pair of comfy trainers, work shoes, posh wedding shoes, mens workwear boots, hiking boots, wellingtons, baby shoes … or your favourite pink fluffy slippers!

We would love for you to draw or paint them, however you would like. Set them up on a table and draw them from any angle – side on, looking down, front on etc. If you would like to place them on a piece of newspaper or similar and draw that to, we are happy to see that also.

If the photos below that we have collected inspired you, feel free to work from those. Don’t forget you can click each image and save the high resolution photo.

Try to concentrate on the shape of the shoe, the light and shade, the texture of the footwear – is it canvas, plastic, rough leather etc and choose the medium you feel that would best capture them on paper or canvas. Enjoy the learning process and have fun. We look forward to seeing your results next week!

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!

This weekends challenge is all about shells. We have collected a range of photos for you to work from below, however we are happy for you to work from life! If you live near a beach, head on down this weekend and pick up some shells to make your own composition. If you have some in your home already – perfect!

We would love to see drawings, sketches, little colour studies as sketchbook work and once you have practiced and if you have time, we would love to see a final drawing or painting of your favourite shells. Any medium, any size – most important of all, experiment and 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 – Earthy Coloured Objects!

Another week has flown by and we are nearly at the weekend again. Are you read for your weekend challenge?!

I love natural coloured objects, whether it is wood, stoneware, earthenware, natural pinecones, linen fabrics, autumn leaves etc. All natural objects have a very similar colour pallet, which mainly comprises of earthy tones including browns, creams, ochres….

So I set up a still life for you and took a couple of photos of natural objects on our dresser. I have added a variation and given two photos as you can see.

Your challenge is to paint or draw either photo, including the warm colours of the background, but still allowing the objects to stand out from the background.

You can crop into the photo and make your own composition if you wish! The final photo shows just one idea you could use.

Don’t forget that you can let certain areas of the objects to softly blend with the background. If you squint your eyes at the photo to judge the tones, you will see the left hand side of the earthenware pot is very similar in tone to the background. If this area blends or slightly disappears into the background – this is fine! It all adds to the scene. Try to make the most of the lighter areas with the dark background behind, for instance the left had top edge of the candlestick holder, this is lovely and light and the background is a rich dark brown throwing the candlestick forward, but still retaining a soft edge.

I hope that you feel inspired by the images, don’t forget you can use any medium – watercolours, coloured pencil, digital, acrylic, oils or even collage and mixed media. Most of all have lots of fun with your earthy tones!

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 – St Davids Day

For those who live in the UK you will be aware that it was St Davids Day on March 1st. To celebrate, we hoped that students would be able to paint us some daffodils! Students can paint from life if they have their own daffodils, or you can copy our photo if you are inspired to do so. Just like the watercolour below, painted by artist Nicholas Beall.

Your artwork can be of daffodils in a vase, or perhaps portray them a little more abstract or contemporary. They can be painted in traditional media, mixed media, digital or even drawn. However you would like to express yourself on paper or canvas, we would love to see! A big splash of yellow colour, or monotoned in charcoal – don’t forget to post it on our Facebook Group or email it to us direct.

However you would like to celebrate your Daffodil piece, the most important thing is to enjoy it! Happy St Davids day to all!

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 – Limited Pallet!

Welcome to our Weekend Challenge – Limited Pallet Paintings. The challenge is to create a painting – any subject and any medium – using either watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, coloured pencil, collage, mixed media, digital etc and use only three or four colours and variations of their mixes.

The paintings below are students previous examples of artwork to illustrate how this can be achieved. You can see in the dragon fly painting by Jane Harrington below, the main colours she had on her pallet were two different shades of Blue, a Sap Green and Crimson. She created a wet in wet wash using the blues, dropping in some green and crimson to create mixes of sea greens and purples. The crimson was then mixed with the two different types of blues to create the variations in colour on the dragonflies bodies. The who painting has been a very well thought out and planed with a very decorative feel along side.

We hope that you enjoy viewing the examples gathered here and they give you plenty of inspiration for your own limited pallet painting! Have fun and enjoy yourselves!

Jane Harrington – Limited Pallet of Blues, Greens and Pinks
Belinda Cullen – Limited Pallet of Ochur’s, Siennas and Blues.
Su Stewart – Limited Pallet of Blues and Browns
Lynn Wragg – Limited Pallet of Blues, Blacks and Red

Weekend Challenge – Pen and Ink Decorative Art

Welcome to our Weekend Challenge. This week we will be drawing upon your imagination a little with a pen and ink challenge. If you don’t have inks, you can use a biro! We would love to see some decorative pen and ink work. It can be any subject. For instance it can be any kind of pattern or abstract or a more representative collective of flowers, leaves, clouds, faces, animals, water etc, but it needs to be in pen and ink – black and white only. What a challenge! We hope that you have fun with your creativity, we have added some examples for inspiration below.

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

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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 Art Challenge – Flower!

Draw an insect and flower!

Welcome to this weeks – Weekend Art Challenge. We challenge you to turn off your TV and pick up your pencil and sketchbook, or your paintbrush and paper. You can even draw digitally on your ipad or tablet.

Your challenge this week is to draw or paint an insect on a flower. It can be using the photo above, your own photo, or from your imagination! Make it abstract or realistic. The choice is yours!

Post your artwork on our Facebook Group page and we will feature the best here on our blog soon!

Have fun!!!