Courses

​It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced artist or designer, are preparing a portfolio to apply for a degree or Foundation programme or if you’ve never picked up a pencil before, we’ve got something to offer you so the courses and workshops are a great way of trying out new skills or for further developing your practice.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Portfolio Preparation, 8th/9th August 2016

Date: Mon 8th, Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10am - 4pm
Course length: 2 days
Price: £150(£135 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Rachel O’Keefe
Level: Intermediate - expectation of GCSE/A-level qualification along with current creative work. Possibly suitable for beginners/career changers with some initial creative work to build on.
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The aim of the course is to:-
• To analyse and reflect upon your current/previous work
• To identify a theme or area of personal interest
• To pursue and develop a personal project
• To explore portfolio and application requirements for art courses at degree level.
• To present a cohesive portfolio supported by contextual awareness ready for various applications

By the end of the workshop you will:-
• Have collected, selected and edited past or current work into a cohesive body of work
• Have an awareness of specific course requirements and how to meet them through portfolio and application processes
• Have developed the skills to refine and improve practical outcomes.
• Have a portfolio that is tailored to specific course requirements
• Current practical work/good quality photographs of large scale or sculptural work.

What do students need to bring with them? Basic arts materials: Pens, small watercolour set with brush sketchbook, camera (although images could be emailed to participants throughout the session from one main camera). Portfolio case (A2 zip recommended). Mount board (thin card) or quality paper. Colour to be decided after diagnostic session. Spray mount. Note book. Sketch book/personal materials required for further work.

Who is the course aimed at? People looking to apply to an arts based course. People with some experience of developing creative ideas through art or design. Possibly suitable for beginners/career changers with some initial creative work to build on.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
https://claralieu.wordpress.com (detailed information about what to include in your portfolio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfI6_JLi7UY (Cardiff School of Art and Design student views)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSet7HLULzA&list=PL9e0yYtchhuW1P8BniXnPozjHh45zDdtL (UCAS advice for Cardiff Met)

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Introduction to Creative Data Visualisation/ Using Data as a Creative Medium, 6th August

Date: Saturday 6 August, 10am - 3:30pm
Course length: 1 day
Price: £85(£76.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Ben Partridge
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B and N Block, Llandaff Campus

Data is all around us, so this course aims to explore the potential of using data as a creative medium.

You will produce a hand printed, laser engraved relief print of a unique abstract design generated from Twitter data. These designs could be generated by:
• the use of a popular hashtag, #yolo.
• your favourite (or least favourite) celebrity’s twitter activity.
• tweets from a specific geographical location
• your own twitter activity and much, much more.

These visualisations will be laser engraved and you will then print them by hand in the printmaking studio. This will allow you to further develop their images with colour and other printmaking techniques.

You will work in the Printmaking Studio and the computer lab to:
Gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of generative design, data visualisation and computer programming.
Utilise basic computer programming in structured exercises. This includes adjusting variables and basic text-based editing.
Gain a basic understanding of laser-cutting technology and image preparation.
Learn basic relief-printing skills, including colour printing techniques and print studio health and safety.

This introductory course requires no experience or prior knowledge of computer programming however you should be comfortable using a computer and willing to experiment with new software with support and instruction.

By the end of the course you will have:-
Create a digital image using the free open-source software Processing and the Twitter API.
Prepare the image for laser engraving.
Utilise basic computer programming in structured exercises. This includes adjusting variables and basic text-based editing.
Gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of generative design, data visualisation and computer programming.
A basic understanding of laser-cutting technology and image preparation.
Basic relief-printing skills, including colour printing techniques and print studio health and safety. Print the design as a woodcut/linocut

This course would be ideal for:-
- Anyone interested in combining digital and traditional techniques in their artistic practice.
- Students of ICT, Computer Science or design who want to experiment with using data in a more creative way.
- Artists who are interested in utilising data visualisation in their work.
- Anyone who is interested in the way our interaction with data is shaping our world and wants to explore this relationship in an innovation, playful and creative way.

What do students need to bring with them? Clothes suitable for printmaking - it can get messy! A memory stick if you wish to take away any digital content (images etc)

Any prerequisites for joining the course? This introductory course requires no experience or prior knowledge of computer programming however participants should be comfortable using a computer and willing to experiment with new software with support and instruction.

This course would be ideal for:-
- Anyone interested in combining digital and traditional techniques in their artistic practice.
- Students of ICT, Computer Science or design who want to experiment with using data in a more creative way.
- Artists who are interested in utilising data visualisation in their work.
- Anyone who is interested in the way our interaction with data is shaping our world and wants to explore this relationship in an innovation, playful and creative way.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Exhibition - Big Bang Data – Somerset House
Book – Generative Design (Ben will bring a copy to the course for you to look at)

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CERAMICS

Introduction to Throwing, Mon 8th - Fri 12th August 2016

Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August, 12 noon to 3pm, and glazing on Sunday 28 August 28, 10am to 12 noon*
Course length: 6 sessions
Price: £250 (£225 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

Learn how to throw a pot on the wheel - no prior experience required!
A step by step class learning how to hand throw pots. You will learn how to 'centre' the clay, how to 'pull up' a pot and how to 'turn' a foot - and practice these techniques during the course of the week. Learn how to control the speed of the wheel, discover why we constantly add water and then remove it, and experience the satisfaction of seeing the lump of clay being transformed into your pot. You will have the option to decorate your pots with coloured slips, before glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron. Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 28 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Make and Decorate a Box using the slab-building technique, Mon 15th - Weds 17th Aug 2016

Monday 15 August to Wednesday 17 August, 12 noon - 3pm and glazing on Sunday 28 August, 1pm - 3pm*
Course length: 4 sessions
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!
This course will take you through the various steps to make a box - round or  square - whatever shape you want to try out. We will be rolling slabs of clay, preparing a template and then assembling the slabs into a box. Maybe you will want to add a lid, or make a couple of smaller boxes. We will try out some surface decorating techniques - impressing, sprigging and painting with coloured slips - before you apply them to your box.  Once the box has been fired, you will have the possibility to glaze it.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron. Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 28 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Press-moulding and Decorating Plates, 6th/13th/27th August 2016

Saturday 6 August and Saturday 13 August, 12 noon - 3pm, and then the glazing session on Saturday 27 August, 10am - 12 noon*
Course length: 3 sessions
Price: £140 (£126 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus


No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!

In this course we will make a series of decorated plates. We will start with rolling slabs of clay and press-mould them into plate shapes, trying out different sizes and shapes, or preparing a matching set.  You will try out various surface decorating techniques - impressing and sprigging, creating texture as well as exploring the many effects that can be created by painting, layering and sponging using coloured slips.  You don’t have to be able to paint or draw to create interesting surface decoration. You will develop and apply your own design to decorate your plates. Once the plates have been fired, you will have the opportunity complete the decoration of the plates by glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.  Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 27 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Make and Decorate Tiles, 7th/14th/27th August 2016

Sunday 7 August & Sunday 14 August, 12 - 3pm, and then the glazing day Saturday 27 August, 1-3pm (optional)*
Course length: 3 sessions
Price: £140 (£126 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus


No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!
In this course we will make tiles and then decorate them using a variety of techniques. Choose to make whatever shape of tile you want - they don't have to be square! You will try out various surface decorating techniques - impressing and sprigging, creating texture as well as exploring the many effects that can be created by painting, layering and sponging using coloured slips. You don’t have to be able to paint to create interesting surface effects. You will then decorate your tiles applying using your own designs. Once the tiles have been fired, you will have the opportunity complete the decoration of the tiles by glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.  Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 27 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Design

An introduction to graphic design, 11/12 August 2016

Date: Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August 2016, 10 to 3pm each day
Course length: 2 days
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Lucy Jones
Level: Beginner
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The aim of this summer workshop is to introduce you to the main aspects of graphic design. From the development of ideas, the creative process and an understanding of visual language.

Day 1: you will be introduced to typography, image and layout. You will also research key names in the world of graphic design. You will have the opportunity to create and design your own simple designs and basic concepts.

Day 2: you will be introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite, (Industry standard computer package). You will turn your rough designs into digital forms and you will learn basic tools and techniques. You will be taken through the design process to produce your own rough design sketches in response to a brief. You will build confidence in using design tools in the Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop and Illustrator. You will apply digital techniques to create your own design outcome. You will learn about design formats and saving your work.

The course will include classroom/studio presentations at the beginning of most sessions, studio design time, computer software demonstration and group discussion and evaluation of workshop.

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to:
• Research appropriate designers and influences
• Learn about the design process from initial design to final outcome stage
• Develop an understanding of using design software to create graphics
• Use correct file formats for saving and printing work
• Critique peers
• Present ideas to peers

What do students need to bring with them? Paper, pen and pencil

Any prerequisites for joining the course? Some confidence in using a computer

Any additional Information eg useful books:-
Graphic Design: The New Basics, Revised and Updated – 7 Jul 2015 by Ellen Lupton
100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - 2 Apr 2012 by Steven Heller
Graphic Design Rules: 365 Essential Design Dos and Don'ts – 2 Aug 2012 by Peter Dawson
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium: All-in-one for Dummies – 1 Jun 2012 Jennifer Smith

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DRAWING

Narrative Illustration, starts 13 April 2016

Wednesdays from 13 April 2016, 6.00-8.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £275 (£247.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Layla Holzer
Level: All welcome
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

 

This course provides the opportunity to learn how to illustrate narratives in various 2D forms e.g. through single images, thumbnails, comic strips and books. You will learn how to visually respond to existing texts such as one-line stories, news reports, non/fictional stories and fairy tales and creating your own stories to illustrate.

During the 10 sessions you will learn how to use various mediums including pencil, ink, pen, gouache, collage and paper cutting to create images to develop your creative skills. You will also learn how to apply colour theory and consider composition, layout, perspective and text layout to images, to help achieve full impact in the visual narrative. We will also cover how to design bookends and front covers that complement the illustrated stories and how to bind books using stitch.

Through discussions, presentations and practical exercises you will gain a knowledge of what illustration is, what illustration is for and who illustration is for and learn about a range of illustrators, storytelling artists and examples of illustration work. We will discuss the relationship between image and text and how they can be presented together or how image can be inspired and influenced by text to visually communicate a story, idea or message.

You will also acquire design skills, learning how to design, create and bind books and pages which will enable you to explore book making and illustrated book formats and design further after the course.

By the end of the course you will have used your new skills and ideas, techniques and mediums to create a final major project, to illustrate a narrative of your choice in a book context e.g. graphic novel, pop-up, image and text, picture book style, with tutor support.

What to bring with you?
• Basic drawing tools including pencils or mechanical pencil and lead, pens/fineliner pens, rubbers, sharpeners, scissors, paintbrushes.
• Gouache Primary set such as Winsor and Newton Gouache Primary set, £10.95 from Cass Art
• Any narratives, stories, poems etc. that you may wish to illustrate.
• Notepad.

Any prerequisites for joining the course?
No prerequisites but looking at narrative based illustration, story books and illustrated books to gain an insight of illustration and visual communication would be recommended to gain inspiration and ideas.

Who is the course aimed at?
• Anyone wishing to learn how to visualise stories and narratives.
• Anyone wishing to learn how to design and create illustrated and bound books.
• Anyone with an interest in progressing onto the Cardiff BA (Hons) degree in Illustration.
• Students and artists wishing to develop their illustration portfolio.
• Artists looking to expand their creative skills and learning how to create work in new and different contexts.

Inspiration
Illustrated storybooks for children and adults - Folio Society and http://www.nobrow.net have some good examples.

Artists
Quentin Blake
Paula Rego
John Tenniel
John Vernon Lord
Betsy Walton
Amy Cutler
Sophie Herxheimer
Faye Moorhouse
Graham Rawle
Lesley Barnes
Emmeline Pidgen
Laura Carlin

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COURSE FULL: An Introduction to drawing, starts 13 April 2016

Wednesdays, starts 13 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels
Campus: Llandaff Campus

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This drawing course is designed to introduce drawing method and techniques that will enable you to produce a body of work that is substantial in content, quantity and variety.

Through involvement and engagement with different processes, this will lead to the understanding of principals and fundamentals of drawing. Subject matter / source material is varied and will involve primarily still life, the figure, observational drawing (‘the Basics’).

This course will help with introducing methods both traditional and contemporary, with a mind-set towards individuals responding and discovering what drawing can be for them. This will be introduced through taught method and questioning practice, to further desirable skill sets in order to continually develop.

What to bring with you: One box of willow charcoal, some drawing pencils and an eraser for the first session, A1 white cartridge paper will be available at the class. Tuition will be provided with regard to materials, so it is advisable not to purchase unnecessarily before the course commences.

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Life Drawing, starts 12 April 2016

Tuesdays, starts 12 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels
Campus: Llandaff Campus

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This course offers an exciting opportunity to engage in life drawing, employing and experimenting with a range of different methods, approaches and techniques. You will have the chance to draw from both male and female models who are capable of sustaining a wide variety of both short and extended poses.

Whether you would like to work on large-scale drawings incorporating an easel and drawing board to develop a portfolio, or would prefer to develop a personal sketchbook of studies, you will have plenty of time to explore your options.

This course will teach you dynamic techniques that can be used to record what, and how we see in the contemporary world. These techniques will draw on the traditional drawing practices used throughout art history, from Cave Art to the Renaissance through to those being used by contemporary artists and teachers today.

What to bring with you: One box of willow charcoal and an eraser for the first session, A1 white cartridge paper will be available at the class. Tuition will be provided with regard to materials, so it is advisable not to purchase unnecessarily before the course commences.


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Landscape sketching course using charcoal pencil and water colour, 17, 18 and 19 August 2016

Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August, 2 -5pm
Course length: 3 half days
Price: £125 (£112.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: All levels including beginners
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

The course is designed to get you out of the studio to find inspiration in the landscape around Llandaff. We will meeting at Cardiff School of Art and Design’s Drawing Studio, look at and discuss some examples of landscape drawings and paintings before going off to sketch around Llandaff before returning to the studio and seeing what ideas are worth continuing into more finished pieces.

We’ll be looking at how to simplify visual information and make our compositions more interesting by sketching different ideas with charcoal pencil. We will also look at how watercolour allows us to capture the mood of the scene by concentrating on contrasting values and colour temperature. A key feature of this course will be how to convey the illusion of depth and distance.

To bring with you: Charcoal and charcoal pencils, a range of pencils, a simple watercolour set including paintbrushes, a sketch pad and a folding stool if you’d like to use one as we explore the area.

Please note we will adapt the course if it rains to make the most of the landscapes around the Campus.

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Mindfulness and Life Drawing, 3,10 July or 6,7 August 2016

Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 July 2016 or Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016, 10am-3pm with ½ hour for lunch
Course length: 2 days
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Ed Jeavons
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

Through combining the increased focus attained by mindful meditation techniques with the development of drawing skills, this course aims to improve students’ ability to draw the human figure.

Each session will begin with a guided meditation to clear the mind and improve focus. There will then be a mixture of short and long poses accompanied by individual and group discussion. There will be a variety of media and techniques used in order to fully explore the creative potential of each student.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
• Attain a deeper level of focus through the use of mindful meditation techniques • Demonstrate an improved ability to draw the human figure • Confidently employ a range of drawing media.

What to bring with you: Some materials will be provided but do bring along your favourite pencils, pens.

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MAKING

Laser cut a rubber stamp (evening), Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2nd June 2016

Date: Wednesday 1 June 2016, 19.00-21.00 and Thursday 2nd June 19.00-21.00
Course length: 2 evenings
Price: £35 (£31.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Lucy Jones
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

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This fun workshop will equip you with the basic and necessary skills to create a digital design using software and teach you how these designs can be turned into a rubber stamp.

You will be taken step by step through the interface and design process in order to develop confidence in using vector tools to create a simple design. You will learn about creating shapes and paths, as well as typography and brushes. You will then see how your 2D design is transferred to the laser cutter and cut out. You will learn the difference between an etch and a cut, in order to create the stamp design of your choice. Once you have assembled your own stamp to a handle you will then have the opportunity to experience the print studio, being introduced to printing inks and basic techniques.

This course will be fun and engaging by broadening your knowledge of the use of vector based software as well as an insight into the exciting uses of a laser cutter. You will be required to bring your own pencil and paper, to create sketches and make notes.

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One day Shadow Puppet Making workshop, Saturday 16 April 2016

Date: Saturday 16 April 2016 10am-5pm
Course length: 1 day
Price: £100 (£90 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Layla Holzer
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus, N Block

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During the day you’ll learn different making methods to create articulated shadow puppets. You will have learnt various skills such as creating silhouettes, paper cutting, joint making, storytelling and performing and how to create movable mechanisms and joints to move and manipulate the puppet for a performance. You’ll also learn how to communicate narratives and stories through the performance of shadow puppetry.

During the day we’ll talk about shadow puppetry traditions, puppeteers and puppet examples which will continue to inspire you throughout your making and encourage a good understanding of what can be achieved with puppet making skills.

At the end of the day we’ll use the shadow puppets we’ve made to put on a short performance for the class behind a shadow theatre to show off what we’ve created – so bring your camera if you’d like to!

What do you need to bring with you?
• Basic tools such as pencils, pens, rubber, sharpener, scissors, ruler. Bring a camera too if you’d like.

Who is the course aimed at?
• Anyone wishing to learn how to create shadow puppets for artistic purposes, filming with or performance.
• People who enjoy making and crafting.
• Anybody interested in creating moveable 2D figures.
• Artists looking to expand their creative skills and learning how to create work in new and different contexts.
• Parents or teachers wishing to make and use shadow puppets as learning and entertainment tools with children.
• Anyone interested in visual storytelling through puppetry and projections.

Inspiration
Puppeteers/Artists/Puppets
Traditional shadow puppetry
Lotte Reiniger
Kara Walker

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Building Laser Cutting Skills, starts Saturday 7 May 2016

Date: Starts Saturday 7 May 2016, 10.30-13.30
Course length: 6 weeks
Price: £175 (£157.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Kevin Karney
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

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Participants will learn file-set-up, print-set-up, machine focussing, safe operation and good housekeeping, basic graphic file editing using Adobe Illustrator (in which appropriate instruction will be given), how to make calibration prints and find cut widths.

The aim of the course is gain skills and to understand the potential of this technology though example. Participants, working in pairs, will be involved in two or three of the projects below. Each project is designed to develop a particular skill. In each below, the skill to be developed is in brackets. The projects are:
– an ornamental 3-D box made of plywood (3-D from 2-D sheet material)
– a folding lid notebook folder (live-hinges).
– a little gear driven robot toy, costs of electric motor not included (precision cutting).
– a two sided engraved medallion (precision duplex engraving/cutting).
– a portrait (e.g. of a child) engraved on glass (glass engraving).
– an engraved drinking glass (rotary engraving).
– a Chinese Xian Bao thread-book made of paper (precision paper folding).
– a lino-cut print (detailed engraving)
– a thong-sewn (faux-) leather wallet or purse (simple precision design).
– a small model writing desk for a child (prototyping for up-scaling to larger CNC machinery)
– a sophisticated 3-D flying-dragon or flying-cupid or flying-bird toy (just for joy).

For each project, basic templates will be available, but there will be a design element involving file manipulation to make the projects personal to the participants. All of projects would either be undertaken by at least one participant-pair or demonstrated to ensure that all the specific skills are understood.

The course is open to adults of any ages/backgrounds and to children over 10-years old if accompanied by a supervising adult. Class size will be for a maximum of 8 participants.

Pre-requisites for the course – enthusiasm to make things and basic computer literacy (little more than mouse-and-keyboard experience). Previous attendance at the ‘Laser Cutting Taster’ course would be desirable.

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Use an iPad to design and make a laser cut earphone wrap using 3D CAD, starts Monday 30 May 2016

Date: Starts Monday 30 May 2016, 6.30-8.30
Course length: 2 weeks
Price: £35 (£31.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Jon Martlew
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

sharpr3d-ipad-pro-3d-cad-app.jpgYou will be taken step by step through the interface and design process in order to develop a full understanding of 3D CAD modelling through exploration and application of the App interface. These skills will be further developed with focus on accuracy and numeracy. In order to apply these skills you will then be taken through a creative, iterative design process in order to create a functional product. The process will include sketching, modelling and using a laser cut to create prototypes before manufacturing the final functional product.

This course will be fun and engaging by broadening your knowledge of the use of your iPad and apply these skills in a creative manner. You will be required to bring your own iPad with access to the App store in order to download a free App; Wifi access will be provided.

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PAINTING

COURSE FULL: Painting in Oil & Acrylic - intermediate/advanced, starts 11 April 2016

Date: Mondays, starts 11 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The course will explore technical aspects of painting in oil with a study of composition, colour, mixing practice and observation. Subject matter will include still life, the figure, and working towards abstraction. Each term Freya explores a different theme with the class which students follow more or less closely as best meets their needs.

Painters will need to bring with them:
Artists' Oil Colour: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Phthalocyanine Blue, Coerulium Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White. Also: rags, palette, palette knives, flat ended brushes (5 mm, 1cm, 2cm), white spirit or turpentine. You can buy these at Ink Spot (old church) on Newport Road, or try The Range or What! on Newport Road.

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COURSE FULL: Painting in Oil or Acrylic - Beginner/Intermediate, starts 14 April 2016

Thursdays, 14 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Christopher Holloway
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Campus: Llandaff Campus

This course will explore technical aspects of painting in oil or acrylic with a study of composition, colour, mixing practice and observation. Subject matter will include still life, the figure, and working towards abstraction. Relevant references to examples of both contemporary and historical works of art will be discussed to introduce further personal study.

To bring with you: Oil Colour or acrylic Colour: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Phthalocyanine Blue, Coerulium Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, magenta, viridian. Also: rags, palette, palette knives, flat ended brushes (5 mm, 1cm, 2cm), white spirit or turpentine. You can buy these at Ink Spot (old church) on Newport Road, at Pen and Paper in the city centre, or try The Range or What! on Newport Road.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography - Introduction: DSLR, starts 11 April 2016

Date: Mondays, starts 11 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weekly sessions
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

This course will enable you to make the most of your digital camera. You will explore the range of techniques that can be used both in the studio and out of doors.

Classes are limited to 12 students and places fill up fast so please book you place soon to avoid disappointment. The aim of this series of workshops is to make us better photographers through understanding the limitations of our cameras and by a practical and theoretical introduction to documentary photography and ‘Art’ photography. There will be a strong emphasis on light, and the effective use of your digital camera.

The course will cover:-
• The links between traditional Film and Digital photography
• How to use, with confidence, the traditional functions of your camera
• Effective and creative lighting
• Framing and composition
• Selective focus
• Understanding the creative use of colour
• How to edit and evaluate your images
• The effective use of image manipulation software
• Printing and getting the most from your home printer

By the end of the course you will be a more confident photographer able to pre-visualise your images and have started to develop your own personal vision.

To bring with you: Your DSLR camera

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Digital Photography: The next step - Building your Portfolio, starts 13 April 2016

Date: Wednesdays, starting 13 April 2016, 7-9pm
Course length: 10 weekly sessions
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The course is aimed at individuals that wish to build upon their photographic ability whilst engaging with and developing a personal project. From the outset, we will look closely at the idea of a ‘Photographic Project’ and building a portfolio of work based upon a theme. We will discuss the idea of photographic narrative and review work each week as a group with open, constructive discussion to help you improve your own photographic technique. It would be beneficial to come to the first session with an idea for your portfolio project but this is not essential.

What to bring with you: A good working knowledge of how to use your DSLR camera, ideas for your portfolio project - and, of course, your DSLR camera.

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Digital Photography - Introduction:DSLR, starts 14 April 2016

Thursdays, starts 14 April 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

This course will enable you to make the most of your digital camera. You will explore the range of techniques that can be used both in the studio and out of doors.
Classes are limited to 12 students and places fill up fast so please book you place soon to avoid disappointment. The aim of this series of workshops is to make us better photographers through understanding the limitations of our cameras and by a practical and theoretical introduction to documentary photography and ‘Art’ photography. There will be a strong emphasis on light, and the effective use of your digital camera.

The course will cover:-
• The links between traditional Film and Digital photography
• How to use, with confidence, the traditional functions of your camera
• Effective and creative lighting
• Framing and composition
• Selective focus
• Understanding the creative use of colour
• How to edit and evaluate your images
• The effective use of image manipulation software
• Printing and getting the most from your home printer

By the end of the course you will be a more confident photographer able to pre-visualise your images and have started to develop your own personal vision.

To bring with you: Your DSLR camera

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PRINTMAKING

#GetCreative Screen Printing taster workshop - theme ‘Heart’, Saturday 2 April

Date: Saturday 2 April, 10am - 1pm
Course length: 1 morning
Price: Free
Tutor: Kimberley Jones
Level: Beginners who’ve never tried screen printing and want to try out a new skill
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

If you are interested in experiencing what goes on in a Printmaking workshop and at Cardiff Open Art School at Cardiff School of Art and Design, come and join us for this screen printing taster workshop. We’re very excited to be a part of the BBC #GetCreative weekend and are looking forward to welcoming in anyone who would like try out a new skills.

During the session you will be introduced to screen printing as well as being shown a selection of screen printed works. With the support of our printmaking tutor, Kim Jones, you will be guided through the process, firstly creating an image, using opaque pens on to draft film and using black paper.

You will then be shown how these images are fixed on to a screen and once your image has been exposed, you will be shown a demonstration on the Multiprint screen bed where we will learn about mixing colour. You will then have the opportunity to print the image you have created to take with you at the end of the workshop.

The theme for this workshop is ‘Heart’ as we want to share our love of art as a part of the #GetCreative weekend.
Printmaking can be messy so please wear something you don’t mind getting dirty!
Suitable for anyone aged 16 plus.
Places are limited to please book in asap.

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The Art of Screen Printing, starts 11 April 2016

Date: Mondays, starts 11 April 2016 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170(£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Tutor to be confirmed
Level: all levels
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

This ten week programme will introduce simple techniques of screen printmaking on paper by hand for those students with little or no previous experience of the medium. The emphasis will be on developing drawings, photographs, or any other two dimensional designs into works produced on paper. There will be opportunities to discuss your prints with the tutor, and attempt more complex projects that require some knowledge of image manipulation software like Adobe Photoshop. All specialist materials for the course will be provided.

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Experimental Lino, starts 12 April 2016

Starts Tuesday, from 12 April for 10 weeks. 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: To Be Confirmed
Level: All levels
Campus: Llandaff Campus

During this 10 week course you will explore the many unusual ways that lino can be used, from reduction technique, using power tools to make marks, caustic etching to 'bite' blocks, Chin collé (the use of collage), multi-block printing and unusual inking methods such as rainbow rolling. You will create exciting and dynamic prints that perhaps break the traditional view that lino is a black and white/graphic process.

You will also be introduced to many artists who use lino in unpredictable ways and will have the opportunity to see examples of their work.

This course is aimed at beginners and also those who wish to develop their existing skills. All materials will be supplied.

We have a lovely printmaking studio with plenty of room to work in plus you will have the chance to use our ‘Albion’ and ‘Columbian’ presses that date from the 1800s!

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.

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Next step for Screen Printing, starts 11 April 2016

Date: Mondays, starts 11 April 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 8 weeks
Price: £175 (£157.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Nigel Bowles
Level: Intermediate
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

Next Step for Screenprinting - this course would be the next step from those who have undertaken the Art of Screenprinting beginners’ course with Cardiff Open. It will focus on developing images with stencil making and pre-production of screens before printing. Students will also learn about coating and exposing their artwork.

The course helps deepen students’ knowledge about screenprinting and pushes them to consider their images and address more complex colour separations using image manipulation software.

Ideally the participants would have taken the Beginners’ Screenprinting course and so helps them develop to a more professional level.

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