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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CERAMICS

Pottery, Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th July 2017

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Date: Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th July 2017, 10am – 3pm with a ½ hour for lunch
Course length: 3 sessions
Price: £175 (£157.50 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.

In addition to using the potter's wheels Margo will also enable anyone who wishes to learn hand building techniques to create non-circular forms.

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!

So, you are welcome to spend all of the time throwing, or you can combine throwing with other making techniques, or choose to only spend the time hand building during this 10 week class - the choice is yours!

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 an apron or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as pottery is messy! You might also like to bring a packed lunch although the café in the School of Management on the Campus will be open.

COURSE FULL: Pottery, starts 27th April 2017

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Date: Thursdays, starts 27th April 2017, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
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.

In addition to using the potter's wheels Margo will also enable anyone who wishes to learn hand building techniques to create non-circular forms.

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!

So, you are welcome to spend all of the time throwing, or you can combine throwing with other making techniques, or choose to only spend the time hand building during this 10 week class - the choice is yours!

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.

Introduction to Ceramics - hand-building for pottery or sculpture, Thurs 27th - Fri 28th July 2017

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Date: Thurs 27th - Fri 28th July, 10am - 4pm (with half hour lunch break)
Course length: 11 hours over 2 sessions
Price: £140 (£126 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

This class will teach you simple methods that can be used to make pottery & sculpture, the choice is yours!

Working step by step you will learn traditional hand-building techniques such as coiling, pinching & slab-building, practicing how to make simple forms in clay using your hands and just a few simple tools. This class also includes the chance to decorate using coloured slips.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Ceramics 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.

You can also bring a sketchbook and/or camera to document your work as you learn.

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DESIGN

 

DRAWING

Weekend Life Drawing - Experimentation Workshop, Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 August 2017

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Date: Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 August, 10 - 2pm, with half an hour for lunch
Course length: 2 days
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels

How can we experiment in order to develop new and different approaches to drawing the Human Form? By exploring a variety of stimulating and innovative drawing tasks over two focused classes, we can embrace observational practice and method allowing us to develop and engage with the possibility which experimentation presents.

The course will help to focus your observational skills and develop your creativity to experiment with your own individual approach to drawing the figure.

We will be exploring a range of materials as well as fresh approaches to drawing within the studio environment. We will be experimenting with structured drawing exercises involving contour, tonal and gesture drawing, and employing the use of both short and extended poses. We will be using materials such as ink and wash, charcoal and chalk, and incorporating a variety of paper surfaces.

The motivation of the course is to approach drawing in a variety of ways and is set to stimulate and create an engaging and exciting studio practice.

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.

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Contemporary still life in soft pastel, Saturday and Sunday 22nd-23rd April 2017

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Date: Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 April, 10 - 2pm, with half an hour for lunch
Course length: 2 sesions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: All levels

Cézanne said he would astonish Paris with an apple, and he did. We can astonish ourselves by painting a toaster or expresso 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: If you have soft pastels already bring them in. Pastels are messy so some people prefer using latex gloves (or bring in wet wipes). Main colours White x2, 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).
Paper, boards and easels will be provided.

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Fashion Illustration, starts 26th April 2017

Date: Wednesdays, starts 26th April 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £275 (£247.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Bethan Morris
Level: All levels

Through a thorough understanding of the figure and experimentation with different illustrative styles, you will learn how to present the clothed human form artistically. From initial inspiration through to finished illustrations, this course will teach you how to draw from life and accurately depict body proportions, but also how to exaggerate proportions for dramatic fashion effect. There will be technical sessions for rendering different materials and fabric patterns, and opportunities to experiment with ink, collage and stitch to create unique fashion images.

By the end of the course you will have learnt how to visually respond to the clothed figure by creating your own fashion illustrations and art work.

During the 10 sessions you will be guided through a step-by-step process to gain an understanding of fashion illustration and its place in history and the present day. We will focus on basic drawing skills, providing a solid understanding of anatomy through a series of observational exercises.

You will learn how to draw those challenging figurative hot-spots with imaginative flair. From this you will create a fashion figure template.

You will learn how to experiment effectively with colour, how to use art materials and equipment, and how to select the appropriate artistic style, character and media for a particular fashion project.

Through discussions, presentations and practical exercises you will gain a knowledge of what fashion illustration is, what fashion illustration is for and its place in industry. Through a PowerPoint presentation, books, and online sharing sites, your tutor will introduce you to a range of fashion illustrators, image-makers and examples of their fashion illustration work.

All students will be encouraged to start a Pinterest account to gather inspiration throughout the course.

All artistic work will take place in the studio through taught sessions and demonstrations. You will have the chance to draw from a model for three or four sessions during the term.

By exploring the fundamentals of fashion illustration and its artistic presentation this course will help you bring your creative process to life. The course will be delivered by the author of Fashion Illustrator (www.laurenceking.com) who penned the visually led overview of fashion drawing, presentation and illustration. This is an opportunity to experience the teachings of her book first-hand.

With your tutor’s support by the end of the course you will have used your new skills and ideas, techniques and mediums to create a final series of fashion illustrations and art work.

What do students need to bring with them? Each week a basic artist’s toolkit will be required: to include drawing equipment, pencils, pens/fineliner pens, rubbers, sharpeners, scissors, paintbrushes, inks, paints, glue, sketchbook, notebook etc.

As the course progresses you will need to bring in magazines to draw from and use for collages, embroidery threads and a piece of fabric, watercolour paper and layout pads.

Paper and some basic drawing materials will be provided.

Any prerequisites for joining the course? No prerequisites but familiarising yourself with fashion illustration, illustrators and their styles would be recommended to gain inspiration and ideas for the course.

Who is the course aimed at?
• Anyone with an interest in fashion, design and illustration.
• Anyone wishing to learn how to present the clothed figure artistically.
• Anyone wishing to improve their fashion illustration style.
• School students with in an interest in improving their GCSE and A-Level portfolios
• Anyone with an interest in progressing on to a Foundation course or BA in Fashion Design.
• Students and artists wishing to develop their portfolios.
• Artists looking to expand their creative skills and learning how to create work in new and different contexts.

Inspirational Fashion Illustrators:-
• Paul Poiret
• Mats Gustafson
• Carl Erikson
• Cecil Beaton
• David Downton
• Rene Gruau
• Antonio Lopez
• Richard Gray
• Jason Brooks
• Francois Berthold
• Paula Sanz Cabello
• Stina Persson
• Pater Clark
• Robert Wagt
• Cecilia Carlstedt
• Tina Berning
• Jeffry Fulvimari
• Kareem Iliya

Book:-
• Fashion Illustrator - Bethan Morris published by Laurence King (has an extensive reading list featured.)

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An Introduction to drawing, starts 26th April 2017

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 26th April 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels

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 the involvement and engagement with different processes, this will lead to the a greater understanding of the principles of drawing. Subject matter/source material is varied and will involve primarily still life, the figure, and a range of observational drawing.

This course will help with introducing methods both traditional and contemporary, with a mind-set towards responding and discovering what drawing can be for you. 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.

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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MAKING

 

PAINTING

Painting in Oil & Acrylic - Intermediate/Advanced, starts 24th April 2017

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Date: Mondays, starts 24th April 2017,  7-9pm
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 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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Experimenting with Paint - Painting for Beginners, starts 27th April 2017

Date: Thursdays, starts 27th April 2017, 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.

You will build a repertoire of traditional painting mediums and how to use them, as well as testing non-traditional mediums.

This will be a studio based course where you are encouraged to bring unusual or challenging ideas and visions to work with. We will discuss how to translate ideas into abstraction, how to use colour to evoke emotions and how to create tension and space.

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. No painting experience is required, just a desire to make work that reflects your creative idea.

What to bring: A variety of sized brushes, pencils, graphite, palette knives/brushes, fabric rags, an apron/overall, any found materials on which to paint, Paints e.g. variety of acrylics or oils or gouache. Any source objects/notes/drawings you might like to paint from. You will not need top of the range equipment/materials for this class, the aim is to experiment with what you can source.

Who is the course aimed at:
• Anyone who wants to learn the basics of painting or hone and broaden their painting and creative skills
• Prospective college and university applicants looking to enrol on a design/fine art or craft based subject.

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Introduction to painting in oils, Monday to Friday, 17th to 21st July 2017

Date: Monday to Friday, 17th to 21st July 2017, 10am to 1pm
Course length: 5 sessions
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Beginner, but all levels

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What do great painters do to make their work seem so lifelike or be so atmospheric? How are their paintings so descriptive and yet so simple? These are a couple of the questions which we will grapple with that hold the key to creating beautiful work in oil paint. This course is intended to equip you with the skills and confidence to take on future painting challenges independently.

This course is aimed at newcomers to oil painting or more experienced painters who would like to get a fresh approach to tackling subjects. Over the week we will be discovering the key methods that painters use to give substance and depth to their paintings. The course is based around analyzing how colour can work to give the illusion of form and our guides will be the work of master oil painters. We will also look at the practical considerations of using oil paint and looking at different methods of application.

Our subjects will be still life compositions, landscapes (weather permitting), interiors and the human form and each time we will be adding a new concept that can underpin a successful painting. By the end of the course you will have a grasp of contrast, modeling form with light, hue and value, depth and other concepts that you can apply to any painting medium.

What to bring with you: Bring any oil paints you may already have - Recommended palette: Titanium white (large tube), burnt umber, Payne’s gray, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, Prussian blue.
50 x 40 cm (approx.) canvas boards. DIY boards can be made by covering hardboard with acrylic gesso or PVA. The range has a good selection of boards and oil paints.
Cotton rags
Brushes (palette knife optional)
Low odour white spirit such as” zest it”
Palette (I use cheap tear off ones from “The works”)

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Weekend oil paint portraiture workshop, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017

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Date: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017, 10am to 2pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £95 (£85.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Alpin
Level: All levels

The portrait is as alluring as it is a challenge but we can all recognise 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: Cartridge paper and charcoal, Black sugar paper and chalk, Masking tape or clips, Oil paint: Zinc white, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, payne’s gray.
43 x 36 cm canvas board minimum size. (You might like to bring along an extra one along as back up) Cotton rags, Brushes (palette knife optional), Low odour white spirit (zest it), Linseed oil, Jam jars, Latex gloves (optional), Palette

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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PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography - Introduction: DSLR, starts 24th April 2017

Date: Mondays, starts 24th April 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner

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

The Art of Screen Printing, starts 24th April 2017

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Date: Mondays, starts 24 April 2017 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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Experimental Lino Printmaking, starts 25th April 2017

Date: Starts Tuesday, from 25th April 2017 for 10 weeks, 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.

COURSE FULL: Wood block print your digital prints (part of Ffotogallery’s Diffusion Festival), Saturday 13th May 2017

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Date: Saturday 13 May 2017, 10am-1pm
Course length: 1 day
Price: Free
Tutor: Laura Welsman
Level: All welcome
Where: FabLab Cardiff and COAS Print Studio in CSAD’s B Block and N Block

Traditional printmaking techniques meet digital technology at this workshop run at Cardiff School of Art and Design’s FabLab Cardiff by Cardiff Open Art School.

Bring along a favorite photo on a memory stick (jpg format), learn how to manipulate it using open source software, laser cut the image onto a wooden printing block and use it to make a series of prints.

To bring with you: Bring along a favorite photo on a memory stick (jpg format)

Clearing Course Vacancies for 2017. Call 0300 330 0755 to Secure Your Place.