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Short Courses at Winchester School of Art

Bookings for the short courses running in October 2019 have now closed. Our short courses will run again in early 2020: if you would more information or to be contacted when bookings are live, please contact Kay May, Director of External Affairs, via

Discover, study and explore a range of different art disciplines at one of Winchester School of Art’s short courses. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, our courses and tutors welcome everyone of all ability. All of our short courses run for ten weeks, typically starting in late September and ending mid-December. They are all evening courses, typically starting around 6.00pm and ending between 8.00pm-9.00pm. Each course is based on-site at Winchester School of Art.

Our Short Courses

Evening Art Club

The Evening Art Club is for budding artists aged 13-16 and takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6.00-8.30pm, excluding Tuesday 29 October during half-term. The club’s curriculum is designed to allow you the opportunity to study and sample different art disciplines, with workshops exploring a range of different techniques, in a relaxed and fun environment. Evenings will include workshops on video art/editing, explorations in clay, architectural collage, risograph printing and adobe photoshop, introduction to weaving and 2D to 3D drawing and observational skills. The course welcomes students of all ability and skill level.

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Alt/Explorations in Art History

Art History is a fascinating reflection of the way in which culture and societies have developed throughout time. In this new narratives course, you will study a range of artists and Art movements – focusing on those that have been less discussed in history. This will enable students to gain skills of visual analysis and understanding of the ideas and motivation behind the art works and context. This course includes both theoretical and practical workshop and takes place on Thursday evenings, from 6.00pm-8.45pm.

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Printmaking and Bookbinding

During this course you will study and develop a variety of printmaking and bookbinding techniques. Each session will feature a theoretical and practical element, allowing students to gain understanding of the making process but also the artists, methods, and history that made printmaking what it is today, giving context to their own works. Techniques will include lino printing, cyanotype, mono printing and production of artists books. This course takes place on Thursday, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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Jewellery Making and Silversmithing

On this course you will learn traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques, with the opportunity to design and manufacture your own collection of jewellery toward the end of the course. Students will explore a range of techniques during the course, including: saw piercing, metal forming, soldering, wax carving, metal texturing and polishing. No previous experience is required and we welcome students of all ability and skill level. This course takes place on Wednesday evenings, from 6.00pm to 8.15pm.

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Introduction to Life Drawing

Drawing is the most immediate way of capturing or studying a subject and the human form is endlessly fascinating – on this course, designed with the complete beginner in mind, you will learn the fundamentals of life drawing and be introduced to the different tools and materials you may use. We encourage a relaxed and sociable environment, giving you space to experiment and progress at your own pace. This course takes place on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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Booking & Fees

Bookings for the short course are made via the University of Southampton online store, where you will be required to complete some basic information about yourself/the attendee. Please note, in some instances we may also ask you to complete some additional forms once your booking has been made, including but not limited to: photography permission forms and pickup/dropoff details for those aged 16 or less. Each short course has an individual fee which can be found on the specific course page, linked above.

For more information about bookings or for any further information on our short courses please contact Kay May, Director of External Affairs, via

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