Defining Practice Practical Course



This exciting year-long practical course is led by artist Jesse Leroy Smith with visiting artists joining him each weekend. The Defining Practice course is now well into it's third year and the art school is currently accepting applications for the 2017 course which will again be run over six weekends eight weeks apart starting in January of 2017. The course combines practical sessions on each of the weekends alongside one-to-one tuition and group tutorials.

The fee will be £1,750 for the year. We are now accepting applications for the next course starting in January of 2017. Please note as in 2015 and 2016 there will be more than one group. We will have two weekend groups and one group on a Monday-Tuesday all starting in January of 2017 and running through to December of 2017.

The course is aimed at those who wish to create a body of work over a year through which they might gain a stronger sense of their own artistic voice and the methods, media and processes that are most suited to their work.

Each student will be set personal projects within the weekend but also between sessions. By working with the tutor in a group dynamic students can share discoveries, influences and connections from contemporary artists to historical references gaining inspiration from the artistic journeys of fellow students. There will be no more than ten students in the group.

An example weekend might include the first day in which every student would bring along a recent work they had made or some source material from which they would make several fresh works from scratch during the day using different painting and drawing processes under the guidance of Jesse and a visiting artist. The tuition would be one-to-one and also group demonstrations with specific guidance given to each student in the group of no more than eleven people attending. With lots of materials to-hand provided by the art school there would be a continual flow of new types of painting, drawing and other media to explore and constant individual help to guide students with their work. The second day of the weekend would include a session with another visiting artist who would show their own approach to their artistic practice with themes such as using sketchbooks and source material alongside one's artistic practice, appropriation of imagery from the world around you, experimenting with materials and processes among other themes. This would be followed by further practical work and one-to-one tuition.

There will be the opportunity to cover multi-media practice including painting, printmaking, collage and photography among other media.

There will be a session towards the end of the year on what options to explore after the course in regard to exhibiting your work. Tailored guidance in creating a coherent portfolio would be available to those who wished to gain help in applying to courses after the Defining Practice course.

The cost of the course will be £1,750 for the year and includes all materials used whilst attending the weekends at the art school.

Application will be through digital images (around 5-8 jpgs) sent in of your work by email ( with a short covering letter within the email saying why you would like to do the course and what experience you have of drawing and painting.

We are encouraging people to send in applications over the coming weeks and expect to be able to award many of the places by the end of the summer.

To enquire about booking the course please ring the art school on 01736 365557 or simply apply by sending us the information outlined above by email (

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