Children's Courses

Key Facts


Programme Overview

Spring Courses 2017
Week-long courses in April

Summer Courses 2017
Week-long courses in Summer

Autumn / Spring 2017-18
Children's Saturday Studio

Children's courses are taught by practising artists or teachers and are held in studios and workshops across the campus.

Programme Overview

The Department are offering a variety of week-long courses for children from 2D/3D Drawing and Painting to Textiles. Each class will encourage students to explore techniques and concepts and experiment with different media. We offer courses for children aged between 7 and 15 with different subjects for different age groups. Materials are provided for these courses. Bursaries are available for our Children’s courses – please see page 39 for further details.

Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April Mornings only 9.30am – 12noon

These can be booked for Mornings only, Afternoons only, or you can choose both to create a full day of classes.
Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August
Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August
Morning Times: 10am – 12.30pm
Afternoon Times: 1.30pm – 4pm
Lunch Club: 12.30pm – 1.30pm (Free for children who are attending both a morning and afternoon class. Children are required to bring their own packed lunch. (Places are limited).)
Fees between £115-£120


Courses in drawing and painting involve two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Teaching is based around hands on learning, inspiring experimentation with different materials and ideas to encourage creative development in a stimulating studio environment. Courses for the young artist develop creative skills through a fun variety of drawing, painting, and sculptural projects. Courses for older students continue to develop fundamental creative skills and introduce students to the work of contemporary artists to encourage experimentation with new ideas. All of these courses have a maximum of 15 students to allow a combination of group learning as well as one to one guidance.

This course offers you the opportunity to work with a variety of different sculptural materials in an open and innovative way. Emphasis is given to recycling and the unconventional use of everyday materials and images from our natural surroundings. You will explore the use of different forms, structures, surfaces, textures, and colours

This workshop offers a hands-on approach to black and white photography and darkroom techniques. You will be guided through controlling the exposure and composition of a 35mm film camera and learn how to process and print your own films using our darkroom facilities. Beginning with making a pinhole camera (a camera made out of a cardboard box) and experimenting with photograms, you will develop an understanding of the basic principles of photography.

Learn new textile skills and try out a variety of sewing, crafting and surface pattern design techniques to include Up-cycle a t-shirt, create colourful yarns, make an accessory to wear or make a coiled storage pot. Try different techniques such as batik resist technique where liquid wax is applied to the fabric surface and colourful dyes are the hand painted to create vibrantly patterned design and many more.

This course is all about creating your own comics and telling your own stories! We will discuss and practice character creation, how panels work on the page to effectively tell a story and how the merger of word balloons and images makes your tale come to life. You will design and create your own comic through the course of the week. It could be a fully completed story, or the beginnings of an epic tale that you will continue after the course on your own.

Acrylic paint offers tremendous versatility and outstanding colour ranges. This beginners course will take advantage of the fast drying quality of this water based paint to work rapidly from still life, photographs and imagination. You will learn how to apply the paint, brush techniques, mix colours and be encouraged to start to use a sketchbook to collect ideas.

This is the perfect way to start using watercolour. Through simple exercises you will explore watercolour techniques and mediums including the application of paint, wash techniques, colour mixing and layering. You will work in the studio from still life and also from photographs, imagination and the GSA campus landscape

This course will introduce you and give you an insight into the makeup artistry world of TV and Film. Learn basic special effects makeup; recreating cuts, bruises and burns to create realistic casualty make-up effects. You will be using professional materials and expect to be let in on some of the secrets of the trade! Specialist materials are provided for this course. Please state if you have any allergies when booking the course.

Call to book your place by contacting the Department on any of the following numbers between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday:

0141 353 4596
0141 566 1311
0141 566 1119
0141 353 4565



Eligibility: Please note, courses are open to anyone at the age listed for that course and we welcome students of all levels of ability. 

Materials: Initial materials are provided although children may be asked to bring in additional materials for ongoing projects.

Children’s Course Bursaries: As part of the School’s strategy to encourage participation in Further and Higher Education from currently underrepresented groups, a system of bursary support is available for Children’s Spring and Summer Studio courses. This support is aimed at low-income and unemployed parents/guardians of children who would otherwise be unable to join the Programme.

Bursaries are available for Children’s Spring and Summer Studio courses only. Our aim is to offer direct assistance to such students in the form of a fee waiver directly from the Department. There are a limited number of bursaries available and only one bursary may be awarded per household.

Please contact us on +44 (0)141 353 4596/4565 or (0)141 566 1311 for further details and to request a Bursary Application Form.

Please note that you must first book a place on your chosen course by phone or in person before you can apply for a bursary. Bursary applications received without prior booking can only be accepted if there is a place available on the course at the time of award.