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.

To sign up for our mailing list and receive updates on our programme of courses, email your contact details to coas@cardiffmet.ac.uk .


 

CERAMICS

COURSE FULL Pottery, starts 17th Jan 2018

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 17th Jan 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £195 (£175.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margot Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

Learn to throw on the potter's wheel! A step by step class learning how to hand throw pots. This class is suitable for both complete beginners as well as those who would like to improve their throwing skills. 

Beginners will learn how to throw cylinders and bowls, and those who already have some throwing skills may want to explore handles, lids and other embellishments - whether thrown or handbuilt. 

This fun-packed class will also give the choice of learning a wide variety of surface decoration techniques which can transform even the most basic pots into unique pieces! 

Together we will glaze the pots at the end of the course, and they will be kiln fired for you to take home and keep at no extra cost. 

To bring with you: Remember to bring a small towel/t-towel (we provide aprons), and wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as pottery is messy!

COURSE FULL Pottery, starts 18th Jan 2018

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Date: Thursdays, starts 18th Jan 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £195 (£175.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margot Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

Learn to throw on the potter's wheel! A step by step class learning how to hand throw pots. This class is suitable for both complete beginners as well as those who would like to improve their throwing skills. 

Beginners will learn how to throw cylinders and bowls, and those who already have some throwing skills may want to explore handles, lids and other embellishments - whether thrown or handbuilt. 

This fun-packed class will also give the choice of learning a wide variety of surface decoration techniques which can transform even the most basic pots into unique pieces! 

Together we will glaze the pots at the end of the course, and they will be kiln fired for you to take home and keep at no extra cost. 

To bring with you: Remember to bring a small towel/t-towel (we provide aprons), and wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as pottery is messy!

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DESIGN

 

DRAWING

Portraiture in Charcoal, 13th-14th January 2018

Date: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January 2018, 10am – 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor:Sebastian Alpin
Level: All welcome

This course aims to develop your ability to draw a portrait in Charcoal. You will develop knowledge and understanding of tonal value, negative/positive space, light and local colour as well as measurement and proportion. 

Charcoal is both the oldest of drawing materials and the most effective at modeling form. In conjunction with other simple tools such as a rubber and a piece of chalk, it has been used throughout history as the basis for painting and is still used by contemporary artists for its concise and expressive potential. 

Charcoal offers us the possibilities of working quick sketches as well as much longer studies full of depth and subtlety. The lack of complication in materials allows us to embark on an in-depth exploration of how figures are “sculpted” and constructed in steps that may, at times, seem counter intuitive. 

Through this medium we can understand how volume is made up out of light and dark and are challenged to make a two dimensional surface come off the page and give the illusion of a three dimensional form. We will be using a model over the two days allowing us the opportunity to work on longer studies and gain confidence in portraiture. 

To bring with you: Stick charcoal, white chalk pastel, mid tone grey pastel, plastic rubber, putty rubber, wet wipes, extra hold hair spray, white cartridge paper (A3 minimum size), mid tone sugar paper. 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. You will find tea and coffee making facilities and hot drinks machines on site.

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Life Drawing - Tuesdays, starts 16th January 2018

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Date: Tuesdays, starts 16th January 2018, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels

Life drawing offers the opportunity to draw and study the human form over ten focused classes. 

Through observational practice and taught method, our understanding can be further developed, leading to greater questioning of how to draw from the human form in the studio environment. 

 This taught class can help break down drawing principles, strategies and fundamentals as a working basis. Leading us to discover further, how we can progress with experimentation. This is supported with one to one tuition and feedback throughout. 

 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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An Introduction to Drawing, starts 17th January 2018

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 17 January 2018, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Christopher Holloway
Level: Beginners

Develop your drawing skills within the studio environment by exploring a range of different methods and approaches to drawing. We will be experimenting with observational practice, drawing inspiration from still-life, the figure, and a range of observational drawing situations. 

The course will cover a study of line, tone, composition and working with scale. This will be introduced through taught method and questioning practice. 

 This course will lead us to a greater understanding of the principles of drawing, with a mind-set towards responding and discovering further how drawing can develop for you individually. This is supported with one to one tuition and feedback throughout. 

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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Developing Ideas from a Sketchbook, starts 22nd January 2018

Date: Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm on 22nd, 29th January and 5th and 12th February 2018
Course length: 4 sessions
Price: £80 (£72 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor:Claire Hiett
Level: All levels

The course will inspire you with a variety of methods to develop ideas previously recorded in a sketchbook. It will improve your confidence in developing ideas from sketchbooks, provide you with ways of finding inspiration from your sketchbook. It will also help you develop your visual recording skills and provide you with ways of evaluating your own outcomes and reviewing your work so that you can develop it further. 

What do students need to bring with them? A sketchbook of completed drawings/studies. Paint - acrylic or watercolour. A variety of paint brushes (different sizes, round & flat & a rigger). A water pot, palette, paper - cartridge / watercolour / acrylic, small scale canvases to paint on. Selection of drawing materials. Drawing materials - drawing inks, fineliners /permanent markers, graphite sticks, charcoal. Acetate sheets. 

 Who is the course aimed at: It is suitable for those interested in developing paintings and drawings from sketchbooks and working with a range of small scale ideas, for example with the potential to sell at a craft fair. It is also suitable for anyone wishing to develop work completed in a sketchbook format into drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces. Those who are curious about extending sketchbook studies and are looking for a deeper understanding of the subject will also find it inspiring as will those looking to acquire some new skills. 

 Any prerequisites for joining the course? An interest in visual recording and keeping a sketchbook/visual diary. An interest in compiling sketchbooks for personal use. An interest in developing ideas from sketchbook studies. An interest in producing paintings & drawings. 

 Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Artists - Katie Sollohub - paints interiors & recently undertook a residency at Turner’s House.
Sketchbooks Grayson Perry
 Turner’s sketchbooks - extensive travel.
Instagram - #tatesketchbook

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Advanced Life Drawing and Painting in Oils and Acrylics, starts 23rd January 2018

Date: Tuesdays from 23rd January 2018, 7-9pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Studio based sessions with a model each week. This is a course for those who wish to develop skills in composition, observation, drawing and painting from a model, experimenting with unfamiliar or more challenging processes and exercises. Gain a wider knowledge of varied approaches to the body in modern and contemporary art, and increase your confidence in working with the figure. This course utilises a combination of short, dynamic poses and longer set-ups with a model, nude and clothed. 

Weeks 1-4 - A focus on drawing. Exercises in experimenting with techniques, materials and approaches. 

 Weeks 4-8 – A focus on painting, situating the figure, creating more resolved work. 

 Weeks 9 and 10 are consolidation sessions where developing skills are further realised. 

This course is ideal for those who have some experience of working from a life model, with a willingness to try new processes. Experience in painting, drawing and working with the figure is not essential if the student is willing to challenge themselves. This course will not cover the technical basics of painting. Using paint is optional but encouraged. 

 Students will need to bring with them: Canvases, sketchbook and basic drawing materials including charcoal, pencils, rubber etc. Easels and boards are provided, cartridge paper will be available. If painting, Artists' or Student Quality 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 find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft.

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Tymhorau’r Ardd/Seasons in the Garden, Sundays in 2018

Dates:
Sunday February 18th 2018, 10am - 1pm
Sunday March 18th 2018, 10am - 1pm
Sunday April 22nd 2018, 10am - 1pm
Sunday May 20th 2018, 10am - 1pm
Course length: 4 sessions - February to May
Price: £160 (£140 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All levels
Location: Meet in CSAD foyer and then work in the CSAD studios and print workshop and across the CSAD Campus and Community Garden.

The aim of this course is to introduce a variety of drawing and visual recording methods by way of studying a particular subject matter as it changes season by season. It will include practical sessions within the garden (weather permitting) and studio based sessions focusing on drawing, painting and printmaking. 

The workshops will help improve your confidence in applying visual recording techniques and develop or extend your understanding of how to record a particular subject matter. The workshops will enable you to evaluate own outcomes and review work to develop. The workshops will include demonstrations and discussion of exemplar materials and the use of primary source drawing and secondary source imagery. 

 What to bring with you: A concertina sketchbook (available from COAS shop), pencils or graphite sticks (4B – 9B), fineliners, drawing inks, watercolour paint, masking fluid, a variety of paint brushes, charcoal, soft pastels, fixative, plastic erasers approx. 7cm x 4cm. 

 Who is the course aimed at? All levels welcome. Suitable for those interested in developing drawing, painting and printmaking skills and with interest in recording the changes that take place as a garden matures. Learners looking to acquire some new skills or who are curious about learning new techniques. Anyone with an interest in visual recording or looking to develop a portfolio. 

 Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Elsworth Kelly Plant Drawings
 Any botanical art book
 Kew Gardens reference material e.g. Shirley Sherwood
 Michael Landy Nourishment series

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Contemporary Still Life in Soft Pastel, 10-11 March 2018

Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018, 10am – 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Alpin
Level: All welcome

This course aims to develop your ability to draw a still life in soft pastels. You will develop knowledge and understanding of tonal value, negative/positive space, light and local colour, measurement and proportion, warm and cool colour contrast and optical colour mixing. 

Cézanne said he would astonish Paris with an apple, and he did. We can astonish ourselves by painting a toaster or espresso maker. It doesn’t matter what you paint, but how you paint it. 

This course aims to tackle the basic issues that make representational drawing and painting successful. We will use pastels to explore how the effect of form, distance and the relationship between objects is achieved by controlling the colour we use in drawing. Once we have understood how to guide what our audience sees we will be ready to jump on the backs of the masters to create our own still lives, full of the things that surround us in our day to day lives. Soft pastels are versatile enough to test out the basic theories behind the practice in a manner which is quick and efficient. 

Through this course you will learn to recognize the mechanisms which have made great drawings and paintings so alluring and will develop the skills to be able to try them out yourself. By reducing the amount of colours used, we will be able to concentrate on how to model form with light and create an illusion of pictoral space. We will also explore techniques to help up observe forms accurately and work through tasks that will allow us to bring shapes to life. 

To bring with you: Set of soft pastels plus Burnt Umber (brown), Payne’s Grey (bluish grey), raw sienna (similar to yellow ochre), lemon yellow (cool yellow), crimson (cool red), ultramarine blue (warm blue). 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. You will find tea and coffee making facilities and hot drinks machines on site.

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Saturday Sketchbook, Saturdays during 2018

Dates:
Saturday 27th Jan 2018, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 24th March 2018, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 26th May 2018, 10am -2pm
Course length: 1 session - students are very welcome to book onto more than one session
Price: £40 persession (£36 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All welcome

Location: Meet in the CSAD foyer. The tutor will be taking the students around the Campus and to Llandaf village and to Llandaf Fields, weather permitting, as well as working in the CSAD studios in N Block.

The aim of these workshops is to demystify the process of compiling an interesting sketchbook, whilst developing your observational drawing skills in the beautiful and inspirational landscape of Llandaf (weather permitting). Should the weather not enable plein air drawing, studio based activities will be organised. We will also explore the potential of various wet and dry drawing materials.

Students are very welcome to book on to more than one workshop.

What do students need to bring with them? A hard cover sketch book - A5, A4 or A3. A variety of wet and dry drawing materials. Pritt stick, scissors, scalpel blade. Fixative, masking tape, plastic eraser.

Who is the course aimed at? All levels welcome. Suitable for those developing mixed media sketchbooks and working with a range of small scale ideas. Anyone wishing to re-engage with using a sketchbook after a prolonged break. Potential students developing a portfolio and needing a sketchbook to apply for a course. Those who are curious about compiling interesting sketchbooks and are looking for a deeper understanding of the subject. Anyone looking to acquire some new skills.

Any prerequisites for joining the course? An interest in visual recording and keeping a sketchbook/visual diary. An interest in compiling sketchbooks for personal progression. An interest in exploring a variety of drawing materials.

Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Sketchbooks Grayson Perry.
John Constable - extensive sky studies.
Turner’s sketchbooks - extensive travel.
Sketchbook of Picasso - Je Suis le Cahier.
Instagram - #tatesketchbook
The Sketchbook Project - Brooklyn Art Library N. Y.

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MAKING

 

PAINTING

Portrait Painting for All, starts 17th January 2018

Date: Wednesdays, starts 17th January 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Laura Welsman
Level: All levels

Learn an enjoyable and expressive method of building a portrait in oils or acrylics without meticulous measurements. This course will teach you how to create an in depth underpainting to define shadow, highlight and expression in order to create clever illusions that provide the foundation for convincing portraits. 

The sessions will progress into the use of colour and the basics of colour theory, including simple methods of painting problematic skin tones. The end result will be expressive and recognisable portraits, including at least one self-portrait amongst observational sessions. 

 To bring with you: A variety of sized brushes, palette knives, fabric rags, an apron/overall, jars for water/white spirit. Paints to bring include a variety of acrylics or oils or gouache, only primary colours and white are needed! Paper is available though you may wish to bring a canvas or board. No painting experience is required, just a desire to experiment and to learn how to use paint.

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Painting for Beginners/Intermediate, starts 18th January 2018

Date: Thursdays, starts 18 January 2018, 7 - 9pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Laura Welsman
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

This course will assist with the development of an individual painting style whilst experimenting with an exciting range of materials. Subject matter will include observational studies, creating compositions and learning how to use paint to develop a style. 

Each session will consist of a technical demonstration, introducing you to a new process or medium. You will then have the option to work on multiple smaller paintings, or build on one or two continuous works. During the workshops, books and images of artworks will be available for inspiration as well as one to one tutor support. 

 To bring with you: A variety of sized brushes, palette knives, fabric rags, an apron/overall, jars for water/white spirit. Paints to bring include a variety of acrylics or oils or gouache, only primary colours and white are needed! Paper is available though you may wish to bring a canvas or board. You will not need top of the range equipment or materials for this class, the aim is to experiment with what you can source. No painting experience is required, just a desire to experiment and to learn how to use paint.

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Painting in Oils and Acrylics, Intermediate/Advanced, starts 22 January 2018

Date: Mondays, starts 22 January 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The course will develop your confidence and approach to painting in oil and acrylics and skills in composition, colour and observation. You will work with a range of subject matter, with an emphasis on working with a life model and still life. You are encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes to develop your painting, this could include drawing, collage 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. Though not essential, this class is recommended for students with confidence in the basics and some experience in painting and colour mixing. 

Painters will need to bring with them: Canvases, sketchbook and basic drawing materials. Artists' or Student Quality 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 find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft.

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Advanced Life Drawing and Painting in Oils and Acrylics, starts 23rd January 2018

Date: Tuesdays from 23rd January 2018, 7-9pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Studio based sessions with a model each week. This is a course for those who wish to develop skills in composition, observation, drawing and painting from a model, experimenting with unfamiliar or more challenging processes and exercises. Gain a wider knowledge of varied approaches to the body in modern and contemporary art, and increase your confidence in working with the figure. This course utilises a combination of short, dynamic poses and longer set-ups with a model, nude and clothed. 

Weeks 1-4 - A focus on drawing. Exercises in experimenting with techniques, materials and approaches. 

Weeks 4-8 – A focus on painting, situating the figure, creating more resolved work. 

Weeks 9 and 10 are consolidation sessions where developing skills are further realised. 

This course is ideal for those who have some experience of working from a life model, with a willingness to try new processes. Experience in painting, drawing and working with the figure is not essential if the student is willing to challenge themselves. This course will not cover the technical basics of painting. Using paint is optional but encouraged. 

 Students will need to bring with them: Canvases, sketchbook and basic drawing materials including charcoal, pencils, rubber etc. Easels and boards are provided, cartridge paper will be available. If painting, Artists' or Student Quality 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 find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft.

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Portraiture in Oils, 10th-11th February 2018

Date: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018, 10am – 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Alpin
Level: All welcome

This course aims to develop your ability to paint a portrait in oil paints. You will develop knowledge and understanding of tonal value, negative/positive space, light and local colour, measurement and proportion as well as colour mixing and application. 

The portrait is as alluring as it is a challenge but we can all recognize a good one when we see it. This course will help you understand how to use oil paint to build up the mass of the head and bring out its unique facial expression. 

 On the first day we will practice observational techniques using geometric shapes and negative images before moving on to learning the technique of oil sketching which allows us to convey the basic structure for our portrait while retaining the ability to change and adapt our sketch at will. 

We will examine how master painters have simplified and given expression to their portraits through careful observation of light and shadow and will learn to measure angles and proportions accurately to give us the foundation for our portrait. 

On the second day we will concentrate on how colour can be used to model form and discover how to make best use of this flexible medium. We will be using a model over the two days allowing us the opportunity to complete our portrait and have at our disposal the concepts to take on many more challenges in the future. 

To bring with you: Oil paint colours: ivory black, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, titanium white and zinc white. Low odour solvent, a palette and palette knife, large hog hair brushes and cotton rags. 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. You will find tea and coffee making facilities and hot drinks machines on site.

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Still Life in Acrylics, 14th-15th April 2018

Date: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018, 10am – 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Alpin
Level: All welcome

This course aims to develop your ability to paint a still life in acrylics. You will develop knowledge and understanding of tonal value, negative/positive space, light and local colour, measurement and proportion, glazes and impasto as well as colour palettes. 

This course aims to explore the many decisions that need to be made to achieve a harmonious painting and to communicate form, distance and mood. This course will reinforce the practice of using values to describe how light creates form but then move on to see how an understanding of colour “temperature” and “saturation” will determine the effectiveness of what we aim to achieve. 

 We will do exercises to test out theories and see how we can make the inherent properties of colours work for and not against us. We’ll be using still life objects in the studio as studies, that will clarify how colour is an effect of light rather than an inherent property and will be comparing our findings with painters both before and after the discoveries of impressionism. 

The workshop will introduce us to principles of colour mixing and the advantages of using a limited palette so that we begin to deepen our understanding of how colours react visually by isolating the characteristics that we want to employ. By concentrating on focused studies we can engage with painting terminology that helps us make sense of colour and begin to develop our own preferred palette. 

To bring with you: Acrylic paint colours: titanium white, zinc (mixing) white, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, pthalo or prussian blue (green shade), ultramarine blue, black. A palette, synthetic brushes, thick cartridge paper (300gsm) or canvas boards of minimum A3 size. 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. You will find tea and coffee making facilities and hot drinks machines on site.

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Landscape Painting in Watercolour, 12th-13th May 2018

Date: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018, 10am – 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Alpin
Level: All welcome

This course aims to develop your ability to paint a landscape in watercolour. You will develop knowledge and understanding of tonal value, negative/positive space, light and local colour, measurement and proportion as well as reduced palettes and washes. 

We will examine how to make the very particular properties of watercolours work for and not against us. This medium is considered a hard technique to master because there is less room to modify a painting once colour has been applied. Having said that, successful watercolours paintings have a luminosity that is hard to achieve in other media. We’ll be marvelling at great works of art in water colour and attempting to decipher the key elements that make them so successful. 

If the weather is clement we will see how to approach “plein air” water colour sketching that will capture the visual elements of the scene and provide a springboard for more finished studio work. By gaining the confidence of working outdoors and making informed decision about composition and colour we can incorporate the wonderful outdoors into our studio practice. 

To bring with you: water colour set, tube of white gouache, watercolour brushes, thick watercolour paper (300gsm) either in blocks of A3 or ¼ imperial size loose sheets, water container, absorbent cloth and a light-weight folding stool. 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. You will find tea and coffee making facilities and hot drinks machines on site.

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PRINTMAKING

The Art of Screen Printing, starts 15th January 2018

Screen Printing

Date: Mondays, starts 15th January 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Nigel Bowles
Level: All levels

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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Expressive Portfolio Printmaking: Drypoint and Monoprint, starts 16th January 2018

Expressive Portfolio Printmaking

Date: Tuesdays, starting 16th January 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £190 (£171 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Laura Lillie
Level: Beginner / Intermediate (all welcome)

Whether you are new to printmaking altogether, or have previous printmaking experience and a desire to build your portfolio, this course will provide you with the skills and professional application to make exciting and expressive work. 

Each week you will be introduced to new printmaking techniques and ways of building on your ideas. Step by step and hands-on demonstrations will be followed by individual workshop time, where you will put into practice the skills you have learnt. 

You will be encouraged to have fun with processes and to challenge yourself with new ideas and ways of creating refined, atmospheric prints. The final weeks of the course will transition from demonstration-focused sessions to independent workshop time, giving you the chance to develop your ideas with continual guidance from the tutor. 

 You will be introduced to a wide variety of artist quality materials along with specialist printmaking papers, tools and implements. For 10 weeks, you will be situated in a working printmaking studio with access to four intaglio presses. Setting Drypoint and Monoprint into context, you will also learn how artists have used other printmaking processes to similar effect and how these might be combined in the home studio.


Portfolio Printmaking

Glossary:
Intaglio: Intaglio is an umbrella term to describe any printmaking process which involves an impression being taken from below the surface of a printing plate. Unlike relief printing processes (which include woodblock and linocut), ink is often applied to incisions or a scratched texture. Intaglio processes include drypoint, acid etching and collagraph.
Drypoint: Characterised by a rich / velvety etched line, drypoint can be described as one of the most immediate forms of etching. Lines and tone can be built up using a number of sharp tools/abrasives. This process can be combined with numerous other printmaking techniques including monoprint to produce dynamic, colourful and often highly evocative prints.
Monoprint: A planographic (flat surface) printmaking process, monoprinting is often underestimated in terms of its wide reaching scope. Of the printmaking processes, it is the most ‘painterly’ and lends itself to broad, gestural mark making. Ink is applied to a plate (often plastic or aluminium), manipulated in a number of ways and - as the name suggests - a one-off print is produced.

What to bring:
A pencil case including : Pencil, biro, ruler, scissors
Old clothes / apron
(Optional) latex/nitrile gloves

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Experimental Lino Printmaking, starts 18th January 2018

Date: Thursdays, starting 18th January 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Tom Martin
Level: All levels

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.