Creative Art Summer School


Would you like to turn your favourite photograph into a drawn or painted ‘Masterpiece’?

This summer school will teach you how to use a photograph in order to make a successful drawing or painting. Looking at a variety of concepts and processes, you will gain a better understanding of how to utilise your creativity when working from photographic imagery. You will learn how to “visually read” a photograph by looking at: composition, editing, tone, temperature and colour.

What topics will you cover?
How to “visually read” a photograph by looking at:  

  • Composition – what to put in and leave out
  • Editing – format and how shapes relate to edges
  • Tone – contrast of black and white and grey
  • Temperature – how warm and cool creates space
  • Colour – choosing the right hue, tone and chroma

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Use photographs to make successful drawings and paintings                                                                                       
  • Use drawing as a preliminary step towards painting
  • See possible affinities between drawn and painted marks and learn how to explore and exploit these 

Starting off with some practical structured exercises, you will then have the opportunity to develop a more personal piece of work with guidance from your tutor.

For the first session please bring a selection of photographs (approx 5 - 10) that you would like to make a painting from as well as any drawing and painting materials you regularly use if you wish to use these. The basic materials you will need on the course will be provided and advice on different options for further materials and supports you may need during the week will be given.

Course date: TBC

Course cost: £130

Course location: City College Norwich - Main Campus

Please note that courses may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met.

Please be aware that if you are no longer able to attend your course you will be offered an alternative date where possible, however no refunds are available unless this course is cancelled by City College Norwich.