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13~17 year olds - Contemporary Art Summer Camp

About the course

This course will be challenging and fun for all abilities and a good introduction to contemporary art practices for young people.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

Over 5 days students will be encouraged to use a variety of methods and materials in new and exciting ways. Each day students will be given a practical workshop in which to build confidence in the materials, as well as being introduced to pivotal ideas and methods of making contemporary art. While drawing, sculpting, and painting, students will be encouraged to experiment and produce their own unique sculptures and images.

Day 1Large Scale

AM - We will be introducing students to physical drawing and the session will be spent on large drawings, exploring different materials and thinking about performance drawing, we will be looking at what this means and how students can record and perform on their own.

PM - We will be making collages inspired by the dada- anti art movement of the 1920’s, the first group of artists to start using collage as a serious form of art that has grown to an important part of practice for contemporary artists around the world.

Day 2Clay

AM we will be using clay to make faces, initially using a step-by-step technique for students to follow and then allowing them to create and experiment on their own.

PM - We will use the afternoon to look at how clay is used in different ways by contemporary artists, pressing in different objects to create patterns and adding other natural materials with the clay.

Day 3Paint

AM - We will be exploring abstract painting, firstly looking at different ways of applying paint, (not just with brushes!) and giving students different ways to start and execute abstract paintings.

PM - We will be painting large figures or using outlines of each other as templates and mixing paint.

Day 4Sculpture

AM - We will be making sculptures from found objects. Looking at the type of materials artists use in contemporary sculpture and how we can put contrasting materials together to create interesting outcomes.

PM - We will be working with string and wire, looking at the different ways in which artists use these materials, and we will create our own hanging objects and/or installations.

Day 5Exhibition

AM - For the last morning we will return to our painted figures that we started on day three and start adding other material to our work , we will be looking at artists who use mixed media in their 2D images and we will be adding narrative to our figures.

PM - We will be giving students a chance to display and record the work they have done throughout the week. This will be a good chance for students to gain experience of being in a group show and to learn to start thinking about their work in context.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Drop off/collection

The drop-off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this through our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one of the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop-off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb, there is free parking for 2 hours on campus.

The programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists or designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime.


All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
19/08/202423/08/2024Mon to Fri09.30 - 15.30£225.00Apply online

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We now accept childcare vouchers. If you would like to pay by this method, please contact us via email or telephone, using the contact us details below.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts