Courses

Cardiff Open Art School opens its doors again in April 2019 with a whole range of fantastic learning opportunities available. From pottery to painting, drawing to design thinking, photography, printmaking and craft courses, there is something for everyone. 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, the courses and workshops are a great way of both trying out new skills or further developing your practice.

All courses are available to book now.


We have made the booking process quicker, easier and more accessible for our customers. You can now book directly onto any course you like via the Cardiff Met online store, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and places are on a first come, first served basis. We will still be able to help process bookings over the phone on weekdays, during office hours, if required. Please note that bookings for all courses will close exactly one week prior to the start of the course.

  Courses run throughout the year at our Llandaff campus, typically starting each Autumn, Spring and Summer Term. The most up to date information about what we are running and when will always be found on the courses section of the COAS website.

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

Pottery, Wednesdays from 01 May 2019

Date: Wednesdays, starts 01 May 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 Sessions
Price: £195
Tutor: Margo 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 hand built.

This fun-packed class will also give the choice of learning a wide variety of surface decoration techniques that 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.

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

Please note that, due to another commitment, Margo will be taking a break between sessions 9 and 10, meaning the final session on this course will be on Wednesday 10 July 2019.

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Pottery, Thursdays from 02 May 2019

Date: Thursdays, starts 02 May 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £195
Tutor: Margo 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 hand built. 

 This fun-packed class will also give the choice of learning a wide variety of surface decoration techniques that 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. 

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

Please note that, due to another commitment, Margo will be taking a break between sessions 9 and 10, meaning the final session on this course will be on Thursday 11 July 2019.

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Working with Clay, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June 2019

Date: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £110
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginners (intensive)

The course will enable attendees to how to make 3D objects in clay! 

Working with basic building methods, such as coiling, slab-building and pinching, you will learn how to make ceramic objects by hand*. Throughout the two days you will be encouraged to explore and experiment with hand-building techniques and surface decoration using coloured slips and simple tools. You will also be introduced to different artists / designers working with hand-building techniques. *(Please be aware this course does not include working on the potter’s wheel) 

The course aimed anyone who wants to learn how to work with clay as an artistic medium and expand their creative skills and ideas through this material. It may also be of interest prospective college and university applicants looking to enrol on a design/fine art or craft based subject or improve their dexterity & fine motor skills for subjects such as dentistry. 

Learning Outcomes Students will:
 * Learn how to use traditional hand-building techniques and apply these to their own ideas.
 * Develop skills in working with clay through a variety of techniques.
 * Make a series of objects in clay that will be fired, and decorated with coloured slip.
 * Gain knowledge on the context of ceramics in art and design. 

The course will be studio based in the ceramics department. It will be delivered through a series of technical demonstrations and facilitated studio time. 

What do students need to bring with them? An apron, towel, camera for documentation (can be a smart phone), sketchbook and pencils / pens. 

Some additional and useful information for those wishing to attend includes the following books to read and current exhibitions to see: 

Vitamin C – Clay + Ceramic, Phaidon
Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans, Thames & Hudson
Sculpting and Handbuilding (New Ceramics), Claire Loder

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DRAWING

Life Drawing, Tuesdays from 30 April 2019

Date: Tuesdays, starts 30 April 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £190
Tutor: Christopher Holloway
Level: All levels

Life drawing offers the opportunity to draw and study the human form over ten focused classes. This is an open to all class, which will appeal to all levels including beginners. Sessions are structured to give a diverse range of poses to draw from, covering both short and extended poses. 

This gives you the opportunity to experiment with different exercises to develop your observational practice. Longer poses will give you more time to develop more considered drawings and help to expand your own personal learning approach to drawing. 

 This is a taught class within a studio environment, whereby experimentation is encouraged and where we can learn through drawing itself. One to one tuition and feedback will be provided throughout. 

 Students should bring with them: 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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Introduction to Drawing, Wednesdays from 01 May 2019

Date: Wednesdays, starts 01 May 2019, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
Tutor: Christopher Holloway
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Develop your drawing skills within a studio setting by exploring a range of different methods and approaches to drawing, in a creative and supportive environment. 

We will be experimenting with observational practice, drawing inspiration from still life, the figure, and a range of observational drawing situations. Incorporating and experimenting with a range of different materials and looking at artist examples for inspiration. 

 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. 

 Students should bring with them: 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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Urban Sketching, Saturdays throughout 2018 & 2019

Date: Saturday 18 May 2019, 10:00am -2:00pm Saturday 8 June 2019, 10:00am -2:00pm
Course length: one session - students are very welcome to book onto more than one session
Price: £40 per session
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All welcome

Location: Meet in the CSAD foyer. The tutor will be taking the students around the Campus and to Llandaff village and to Llandaff 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 Llandaff (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. 

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. 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. 

Students should bring with them: a hard cover sketchbook - A5, A4 or A3. A variety of wet and dry drawing materials. Pritt stick, scissors, scalpel blade. Fixative, masking tape, plastic eraser. 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch. 

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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PAINTING

Painting for Beginners/Intermediate, Thursdays from 02 May 2019

Date: Thursdays, starts 02 May 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 5 sessions
Price: £90
Tutor: Laura Welsman
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

This course would be suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to paint or to hone and broaden their painting and creative skills. No painting experience is required to participate, just a desire to experiment and to learn how to use paint.  

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. 

 Students should bring with them: 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 will be available at the class, though you may wish to bring a canvas/board. You will not need top of the range equipment/materials for this class, the aim is to experiment with what you can source.

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Advanced Painting in Oils & Acrylics, Mondays from 29 April 2019

Date: Mondays, starts 29 April 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
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. 

Students should bring with them: Canvases, sketchbook and basic drawing materials including charcoal, pencils etc. Easels and boards are provided. 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), linseed oil, white spirit or turpentine. You can find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft. Please note that, due to University closure on the May Bank Holidays, the last session of this course will take place on Monday 15 July 2019.

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Landscape Painting in Watercolour Weekend, Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 July 2019

Date: Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 July 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm
Course length: 2 sessions, 4 hours per session
Price: £95
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Beginner to Advanced

The spring and summer landscape offers the painter a wealth of opportunities to draw and sketch outside. If the weather is clement, we will see how to approach “plein air” watercolour 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. 

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 have a luminosity that is hard to achieve in other media. As usual, we’ll be marveling at great works of art in watercolour and attempting to decipher the key elements that make them so successful. 

What students should bring with them: Set of watercolours in pans/a palette, watercolour brushes, A3 or A4 300gsm (sufficiently thick) rough watercolour pad, sketching pencil, water container, paper towels, lightweight stool.

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Landscape Painting in Watercolour Evenings, Wednesday 07 to Friday 09 August 2019

Date: Wednesday 07, Thursday 08 and Friday 09 August 2019, 6:00-9:00pm
Course length: 3 sessions, 3 hours per session
Price: £105
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Beginner to Advanced

The spring and summer landscape offers the painter a wealth of opportunities to draw and sketch outside. If the weather is clement, we will see how to approach “plein air” watercolour 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. 

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 have a luminosity that is hard to achieve in other media. As usual, we’ll be marveling at great works of art in watercolour and attempting to decipher the key elements that make them so successful. 

What students should bring with them: Set of watercolours in pans/a palette, watercolour brushes, A3 or A4 300gsm (sufficiently thick) rough watercolour pad, sketching pencil, water container, paper towels, lightweight stool.

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM

Photography: People and Place, Tuesdays from 30 April 2019

Date: Tuesdays, starts 30 April 2019, 6:30-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £195
Tutor: Gawain Barnard
Level: All welcome

This course is a practical introduction to the world of photography designed to help students begin their journey as practitioners with growing confidence. Working locally on portraiture and landscape, the aim is to build technical proficiency alongside project planning. Students will be encouraged to explore a familiar environment through portrait and landscape photography and will be introduced to the work of artists. Practical skills and knowledge of photographic traditions and new technologies will be developed along with analytical skills. This course should help students learn skills including the correct use of a digital camera, using F-stops, shutter speeds and ISO correctly. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Adobe Bridge. Produce a printed portfolio of photographs. Have a good knowledge of file management and digital workflow. Plan and execute a photographic project. Demonstrate critical thought process through production of a visual diary. Participate effectively in the discourse of working group critiques. The course will include classroom session in our iMac suite as well as Photographic studio based sessions. Students will require a basic level of familiarity with computers and software prior to joining the course. Students should bring with them: Digital camera, portable hard drive/pen drive

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Introduction to Photography, Mondays from 29 April 2019

Date: Mondays, starting 29 April 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
Tutor: Rory Buckland
Level: All welcome

This course is aimed at beginners who having been using auto mode on their camera but would now like to start using the manual functions for better control of their picture taking. This course will teach students introductory theory and practice of manual photography, and instruct students how to create better photographs, giving them an understanding of lens and camera combinations. The course will teach students how to set a manual camera to take competent pictures in a range of situations and environments, as they gain an understanding of the effects of light, colour and temperature on the picture taking process. By the end of the course, students will have obtained the knowledge and confidence to develop their craft through their own initiative and will have the skills to take pictures the way we visualise them. Students should ideally have access to a camera / camera phone (film or digital, but preferably digital) which allows at least some manual override and preferably the instruction manual for that camera. Students should bring with them: A camera / camera phone (film or digital – preferably digital) and ideally its instruction manual, a notebook. Please note that, due to University closure on the May Bank Holidays, the last session of this course will take place on Monday 15 July 2019.

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PRINTMAKING

Papermaking: Make your own Kit and Learn to use it, Tuesdays from 30 April 2019

Date: Tuesdays, starting 30 April 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 5 sessions
Price: £95
Tutor: Adam Musitano
Level: All welcome

This course aims to teach students the full process of papermaking, including safely constructing their own mold and deckle to use. Students will learn how to prepare paper for papermaking, how to break down cotton to add paper pulp, and how to make new paper from waste paper. 

Students will experiment with making cotton based paper and coloured paper and, on completion of the course, should be able to confidently continue making their own paper at home. 

Students should bring with them: Paper scraps, old envelopes or packaging etc. and either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.

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Guerrilla Printing, Tuesdays from 04 June 2019

Date: Tuesdays, starting 04 June 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 5 sessions
Price: £95
Tutor: Adam Musitano
Level: All welcome

This course will help students understand how to pull a print off a texture and to gain confidence in being able to use this process at home. Students will experiment with the process to generate a wide range of work and will learn that you don’t need a studio to generate prints. The course will teach how a textured surface can be used to generate artwork and students will learn how to correctly use equipment and how to ink up a surface as well as cleaning it. 

We will use different tools to take prints off vegetables but will also use found objects and rubbish to create finished artwork. 

 During the course, homework will be set to bring in found objects that have an interesting surface. 

 Students should bring with them: printmaking can be messy, so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.

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Screenprinting, Mondays from 29 April 2019

Date: Mondays, starts 29 April 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
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 to attempt more complex projects that require some knowledge of image manipulation software like Adobe Photoshop. 

Students should bring with them: all specialist materials for the course will be provided. Please note that, due to University closure on the May Bank Holidays, the last session of this course will take place on Monday 15 July 2019.

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Experimental Lino Printmaking, Thursdays from 02 May 2019

Date: Thursdays, starts 02 May 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
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, plaster casting 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. During this course, you will also be introduced to basic papermaking techniques so that you will be able to print on your own handmade paper. 

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. 

 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! 

Students should bring with them: All materials will be supplied but printmaking can be messy, so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.

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Urban Play, Wednesdays from 01 May 2019

Date: Wednesdays, starts 01 May 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £185
Tutor: James Acott-Davies
Level: All welcome

On this course, students will create an artist book using screenprinting and laser cutting, exploring and challenging their personal and artistic boundaries while depicting urban architectural environments in a unique, imaginative way, experimenting with colour, shape and composition. The course is aimed at all abilities, and anyone with a passion for experimenting. 

Over the ten sessions, students will gain an understanding of how art can depict architecture and will develop a knowledge of screenprinting, laser cutting, compositional skills and book making. The course aims to have students engage with printmaking with enjoyment and enthusiasm, developing a great understanding of its capabilities as well as learning how versatile laser cutting can be to use in the field of art and design. 

The tutor will encourage students to think outside the box as they undertake practical studio sessions, with occasional one to one talks, and support throughout. 

Weeks 1-5 will introduce the project brief and printing techniques, with students taught how to create and prepare material ready for screenprinting, showing examples of mark making and imagery that can be used, moving onto exposing screens and printing work. 

Weeks 5-8 will see students producing as many varies prints as possible, also introducing more advanced printing techniques 

Weeks 9-10 will instruct students on laser cutting and composing books, using nuts and bolts to bind prints into a finished product. 

 Students should bring with them: Sketchbook, pens and pencils. Printmaking can be messy, so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron. Additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see: These artists will give students an idea of colour, space and composition, which will be a theme throughout the course : • Frank Stella • Howard Hodgkin • Robert Rauschenberg • Kazimir Malevich • Dieter Roth (books)

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DESIGN AND THEORY

Design Thinking, Wednesdays from 01 May 2019

Date: Wednesdays, starting 01 May 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
Tutor: David Todd
Level: All welcome

This course is targeted towards corporate industry or anyone with an interest in design thinking and how creativity can help to implement and form ideas. The course aims to teach people how think creatively by using the background of design as the working platform. It will allow its participants to become more freethinking and remove the fear of proposing speculative suggestions. 

Week 1: To understand why people do what they do, i.e. what people and companies stand for; their belief system. 

 Week 2: To help people understand that they are creative and how they can lose the fear of making mistakes. 

Week 3: The power of ideation. How to come up with ideas quickly and to break away from easy, well-trodden answers. 

Week 4 & 5: Challenging norms and presenting genuinely new ideas. 

 Week 6, 7 & 8: Looking at the bigger picture. How design decisions can have big impacts. 

Week 9 & 10: Presenting new and innovative solutions to problems and learning how to read customer needs. 

As the weeks progress skills are built up in the following areas:
• Mind mapping
• Research
• Speculative / future thinking.
• Team work
• Fast ideation
• Design
• Presentation skills
• Individual confidence
• Sketching
• Finding out where your skills lie. 

This course will use a range of studio-based sessions; group and individual work. There will be a small amount of presentation to students with mostly hands on, interactive sessions. For example within week 6 the course will put forward problem solving tasks to the group such as working in teams to solve the problem of disposable coffee cups. Teams will need to use skills learned to outline current problems in this area, stakeholders who will be impacted, and propose several creative options as to how to "solve" this issue. 

 Students should bring with them: pens, notepads

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TEXTILES

Learn to Crochet a Granny Square, Saturday 27 April 2019

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019, 10:00am–1:00pm
Course length: 1 session
Price: £35
Tutor: Karen O’Shea
Level: Beginners (Intergenerational learning available)

The course will provide an introduction to crochet for the complete beginner. This course is aimed at anyone aged 16+ keen to learn the basics of crochet. Children aged 10+ may attend and participate for free if accompanied by a paying adult. The tutor will guide learners from forming the very first loop and chain, through to developing the stitches required for crafting their very first granny square with the potential to make lots more – and turn them into blankets and larger projects. 

Students will develop skills in several stitches, managing tension and reading a pattern; gain confidence in changing and joining yarn to be able to change colours to produce an eye-catching granny square; gain techniques in joining squares to form larger objects. Students will also learn to correctly turn corners and finish off work by neatening lose ends. 

Learning will take place within Cardiff School of Art and Design on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus. There will be a blend of teaching and learning methods including demonstrations, questions and answers, and individual practice. 

Students should bring with them: Notebook and pencil. Yarn in three colours. Ideal would be crochet cotton – e.g. available from Shaws (£2.95), other wool shops or online. Alternatively, most double knit yarns in acrylic or wool will be fine. Only one ball of each will be needed. A 4mm crochet hook – available from yarn/craft shops, Tiger or online, for £1. Scissors.

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Freestyle Hand Embroidery, Tuesday 11 June 2019

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019, 6:00–9:00pm
Course length: 1 session
Price: £35
Tutor: Karen O’Shea
Level: Beginners

The course aims to introduce freestyle hand-embroidery for the complete beginner. To develop skill and confidence in using embroidery threads and stitches to create a bespoke personalised brooch. 

By the end of the workshop, learners should be able to:
 * Split and use embroidery yarn, to create neat, even embroidery stitches to follow a design
* Use a pattern to cut out fabric
 * Create a personalised embroidery design
 * Start and finish an embroidery project securely
 * Assemble, pin and stitch fabric pieces to create a project
 * Sew various types of embroidery stitch
 * Take home a finished or near-completed bespoke hand-embroidered brooch. 

Learning will take place within Cardiff School of Art and Design on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus. There will be a blend of teaching and learning methods including demonstrations, guidance, questions and answers, individual practice and tutor facilitation. 

 The tutor will guide learners in transferring a design onto fabric before embroidering it in a freestyle manner to create a whimsical stitched design, which can then be sewn and filled to create a brooch. 

The course is aimed at anyone keen to learn the basics of freestyle hand-embroidery to create a first project. 

Students should bring with them: Bring a photo of somebody’s face or a pet who means a lot to you. Note book and pencil. One piece of cotton or linen fabric about A5 size 1 brooch back Skeins embroidering cotton in a range of different colours. A sharp needle with a sufficiently large eye for a beginner to thread – “long darners” are good for this. Sharp small scissors Pins (please note that embroidery yarn packs can be obtained from “The Works” for £4 each.)

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Introduction to Collage, Wednesday 05 June 2019

Date: Wednesday 05 June 2019, 6:00–9:00pm
Course length: 1 session
Price: £35
Tutor: Karen O’Shea
Level: Beginners

This workshop will take you on an experimental journey into collage including:
* An introduction to collage
 * Knowledge in what is key to creating a successful collage
 * How to develop skill and confidence in a range of different techniques to form interesting collage effects
 * Exploring potential uses of collage
 * You will develop a finished collage to take home 

 Learning will take place within Cardiff School of Art and Design on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus. There will be a blend of teaching and learning methods including demonstrations, group discussion, printed guidance, questions and answers, individual practice and tutor facilitation. 

The tutor will guide learners in the key elements that make for a successful collage, and will demonstrate a range of techniques before learners have the opportunity to create their own collage. 

Students should bring with them: notebook or sketchbook (for samples) pencil and glue dots or pins for attaching samples into book. An object (if you wish) to collage onto – e.g. a recycled box. As wide a range of small scrap paper, fabric, ribbon pieces as you can lay your hands on in different textures and colours including some with metallic effects (please note that these can all be recycled) including things like fruit packaging bags. Sharp scissors, Metallic thread and cotton thread. Hand sewing needle Beads, buttons and other embellishments, PVA glue and brush Pritt Stick, Bondaweb (not essential).

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Learn to Sew, Saturday 27 April 2019

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019, 2:00–5:00pm
Course length: 1 session
Price: £35
Tutor: Karen O’Shea
Level: Beginners (Intergenerational learning available)

Bring a child to learn valuable life skills (aged 8+) whilst you join him or her as they are shown four hand sewing stitches and create a bright, beautiful strawberry needle case to treasure in the sewing box. The session will be free for accompanying adults who will learn sewing techniques themselves whilst they help guide their child; all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

The stitches learned will empower learners to tackle other sewing projects. They will be amazed at what they can achieve in this inspiring workshop. Depending on ability and speed, it may take some individuals longer to complete their piece, which can if needed be finished at home. 

 By the end of the workshop, learners should be able to:
 * Thread a needle using a variety of methods
 * Split embroidery yarn
 * Tie a knot the easy way
 * Start and finish a sewing project securely and neatly
 * Position and pin work
 * Cut out fabric using a pattern
 * Sew three types of stitch
 * Assemble and join fabric to form a finished object.
 * Take home a bright hand-sewn strawberry needle case (or one to finish at home) to keep or to give as a gift. 

Learning will take place within Cardiff School of Art and Design on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus. There will be a blend of teaching and learning methods including demonstrations, printed guidance, questions and answers, individual practice and tutor facilitation. 

Students should bring with them: Note book and pencil, 1 piece of red felt, yellow felt and green felt, (each A4 size), skeins of embroidery cotton to include red, yellow and green, a sharp needle with a sufficiently large eye for a beginner to thread – long or short “darners” are good for this, sharp small scissors, a few pins, (NB packs of coloured felt in the correct size and embroidery yarn can be obtained from “The Works” for £4 each. Or felt can be bought in individual sheets in hobby shops and online – but take care that it is large enough for the project) 

Lunch: Please note that the cafes on site are closed at weekends so it would be good idea to bring a packed lunch.

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Weaving onto Found Objects, Wednesday 12 June 2019

Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 6:00-9:00pm
Course length: 1 session
Price: £35
Tutor: Karen O’Shea
Level: Beginners

If you love nature and fancy capturing memories of summer days and sunny beaches in an original piece of contemporary decorative artwork, whilst relaxing and expressing your creativity through the rhythmic process of weaving, this workshop is perfect for you. Alternatively, if you find happiness in books, why not weave onto one to create a timeless keepsake? Almost any treasured object can be woven onto (though parallel ones are best), so please feel free to bring a smallish item along with you. And if you wish to capture a particular colour palette in your work, bring along whatever is inspiring you – be it a photograph or other visual prompt. 

 The course aims to provide an introduction to hand-weaving for the complete beginner and helps students to consider colour and texture when designing a pattern. 

 By the end of the workshop, learners should be able to:
 * Recognise the characteristics of found objects that make them suitable to weave onto
 * Create a warp onto an object
 * Select appropriate yarns for their texture and suitability of colour to create a desired effect
 * Finish off loose ends so that they are invisible, to form a finished object.
 * Take home a found object which has been woven onto (or one to finish at home) to keep or to give as a gift. 

Learning will take place within Cardiff School of Art and Design on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus. There will be a blend of teaching and learning methods including demonstrations and guidance, questions and answers, individual practice and tutor facilitation. 

Students should bring with them: notebook and pencil. An item for weaving onto which could be an antique book, small chunk or plank of driftwood, old bottle, CD case, small box or other item suitable item. A slightly flexible plastic needle (available in some wool-shops and online). A sharp darning needle. Scissors, a selection of yarns and threads, raffia, string, hemp, recycled strips of fabric, or paper, whatever you fancy using to weave with. Consider colour in selecting what you bring some strong cotton crochet thread or fine string/twine.

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