These are 4 week courses aimed at Art Aptitude tests for secondary school entry.

art aptitude


AUTUMN TERM 2022 | 9-11 years


 AUTUMN term 4 week course

Saturday 3rd September - Saturday 24th September

09:00 - 10:00

4 week course: £155.00 20% VAT included in total price

What to expect

Our Art Aptitude classes are aimed at ages 9 - 11 years, for those interested in applying for Secondary School Art Scholarships or for students that would just like to gain more confidence and learn new observational drawing techniques. The drawing course covers the use of pencil, through observational drawing, exploring line, tone & composition. 



These 60 minute classes are small and very popular. Many of our students have been successful in their goals and achieved the place at their chosen secondary school, including Holland Park and City of London Girls. Last year we had a record number of students receiving the Scholarship of their choice! 

*Please note we cannot guarantee your child will secure a place at a secondary school. If you would like more information do contact us. Spaces are limited due to the size of classes so we do offer a waiting list.

*Autumn course dates maybe subject to change. Contact us if you have any queries. 

These courses are taught by Patricia Cenzartowicz, DEca and Sarah Riddick  BAHons, PGCE, Director of Mini Picassos. 

White watercolor paper

Course Outline

Each child will be given top tip art worksheets and a sketchbook

Week 1: Use of pencil: test your pencil using different mark making, exploring shading and weight of line.

Week 2: Drawing form and shape, use of tone. Draw from observation using pencil. Use a cylinder( tin wrapped in white paper)

Week 3: Drawing the hand, pencil only. Explore thumb and fingers, use of shade and measuring.

Week 4: Observational drawing of th student’s own hand holding a bulldog clip or small object. Tips on shading and form.



Week1: Pencil drawing of an orange or tomato, use of light and shade.

Week 2 : Pencil drawing of a cubed object or rectangular object: box/phone. Pencil only, shading.

Week 3 : Pencil drawing of your own thumb, take care to draw all the creases and the detail of the nail. This can be enlarged for more emphasis on detail.

Week 4 : Pencil drawing of your own hand holding a paper clip, spread out all fingers, hold the clip in pointing finger and thumb. You might want to take a photo to practise. Shading and self expression are important. Practise drawing your hand with a small item screwed up inside your fist, make lots of drawings of hand in different positions.


All Homework must be brought in each week for guidance