“Art does not reproduce
the visible; rather
it makes visible”

Paul Klee 1920


At NW3 ART students are encouraged to try out new materials, as well as build on any pre-existing skills, experimenting with everything a certain medium has to offer.

There is a focus on traditional techniques and key aspects of representational art, as well as more expressive forms of painting and drawing. Everything will be explored; media included is oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink wash, charcoal, pencil, pastel, cut out, sculpture and craft.

During the lessons the mystery of ‘figurative art ’ is broken down into observations and techniques; so that students can learn how to achieve representational illusions, if they so choose to. In this way, pupils have the foundation from which they can build their visualisation
or simply express themselves.

As well as the cognitive and therapeutic values of the process of making art, students can simply enjoy trying out new media, experimenting with materials and their personal interpretation.


Genres included are landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, still life, and optical drawing. A fresh look at the world around us will be approached both through long distance; pulling back and looking out (landscape) and scrutiny at close quarters, up close in the studio - (portraiture, botanical drawing, still life, op art).


When drawing, children will often spend 90% of their time looking at the paper rather than the subject. Study of observation, comprehension and application will inverse this. The way the eye ‘sees’ is discussed and the notion of perception is explored.

Overcoming concrete thought is a great step towards the magic of the
the illusion in representational art. We tend to want to draw what we know rather than what we actually see. Insight into what makes objects and subjects look ‘real’ or ‘solid’ such as simple shading and highlights are key to making an image leap from the paper. A basic knowledge of the vanishing point can set out a scene in ‘real’ space.


Art historians, sculptors, painters, designers and cinematographers.


Hampstead Heath, which is just a few minutes walk from the studio.


Modern and contemporary art will be set against its history so that the journey is understood. As a trained art historian Joanna believes in putting formal starsart into an art historical context, going in depth according to the age group and the relevance to the project.

Even listening to music of the period whilst looking at certain artistic movements can help pupils understand the evolution of western art and its progression up to today’s artwork.

The more subversive experience; the better the concentration and results!