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, starts 5 October 2016

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 5 October 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £195 (£175.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: Llandaff Campus


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. Morgen has over 25 years’ experience of teaching throwing and she ensures that everyone attending really enjoys their opportunity to learn to make their own pots on the wheel.
In addition to using the potter's wheels Morgen 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.

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Pottery, starts 6 October 2016

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 6 October 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £195 (£175.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: Llandaff Campus

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. Morgen has over 25 years’ experience of teaching throwing and she ensures that everyone attending really enjoys their opportunity to learn to make their own pots on the wheel.
In addition to using the potter's wheels Morgen 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.

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DESIGN

An introduction to graphic design, 11/12 August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DRAWING

One day Mindfulness and Life Drawing, Sunday 16 October

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Date: Sunday 16 October, 10am-3pm with ½ hour for lunch
Course length: 1 day
Price: £80 (£72 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Ed Jeavons
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

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

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

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

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

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An Introduction to drawing, starts 5 October 2016

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 5 October 2016, 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
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

This drawing course is designed to introduce drawing method and techniques that will enable you to produce a body of work that is substantial in content, quantity and variety.
Through involvement and engagement with different processes, this will lead to the understanding of principals and fundamentals of drawing. Subject matter / source material is varied and will involve primarily still life, the figure, observational drawing (‘the Basics’).
This course will help with introducing methods both traditional and contemporary, with a mind-set towards individuals responding and discovering what drawing can be for them. This will be introduced through taught method and questioning practice, to further desirable skill sets in order to continually develop.
What to bring with you: One box of willow charcoal, some drawing pencils and an eraser for the first session, A1 white cartridge paper will be available at the class. Tuition will be provided with regard to materials, so it is advisable not to purchase unnecessarily before the course commences.

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Narrative Illustration, starts 5 October 2016

Date: Wednesdays from 5 October 2016, 6.00-8.00pm (NB there will be one week break so the course will be spread over 11 weeks)
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £275 (£247.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Layla Holzer
Level: All welcome
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

This course provides the opportunity to learn how to illustrate narratives in various 2D forms e.g. through single images, thumbnails, comic strips and books. You will learn how to visually respond to existing texts such as one-line stories, news reports, non/fictional stories and fairy tales and creating your own stories to illustrate.
During the 10 sessions you will learn how to use various mediums including pencil, ink, pen, gouache, collage and paper cutting to create images to develop your creative skills. You will also learn how to apply colour theory and consider composition, layout, perspective and text layout to images, to help achieve full impact in the visual narrative. We will also cover how to design bookends and front covers that complement the illustrated stories and how to bind books using stitch.
Through discussions, presentations and practical exercises you will gain a knowledge of what illustration is, what illustration is for and who illustration is for and learn about a range of illustrators, storytelling artists and examples of illustration work. We will discuss the relationship between image and text and how they can be presented together or how image can be inspired and influenced by text to visually communicate a story, idea or message.
You will also acquire design skills, learning how to design, create and bind books and pages which will enable you to explore book making and illustrated book formats and design further after the course.
By the end of the course you will have used your new skills and ideas, techniques and mediums to create a final major project, to illustrate a narrative of your choice in a book context e.g. graphic novel, pop-up, image and text, picture book style, with tutor support.

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

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

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

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

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

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Life Drawing , starts 4 October 2016

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Date: Tuesdays, starts 4 October 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: !
Level: Chris Holloway
Campus: Llandaff Campus

This course offers an exciting opportunity to engage in life drawing, employing and experimenting with a range of different methods, approaches and techniques. You will have the chance to draw from both male and female models who are capable of sustaining a wide variety of both short and extended poses. Whether you would like to work on large-scale drawings incorporating an easel and drawing board to develop a portfolio, or would prefer to develop a personal sketchbook of studies, you will have plenty of time to explore your options.
This course will teach you dynamic techniques that can be used to record what, and how we see in the contemporary world. These techniques will draw on the traditional drawing practices used throughout art history, from Cave Art to the Renaissance through to those being used by contemporary artists and teachers today.
What to bring with you: One box of willow charcoal and an eraser for the first session, A1 white cartridge paper will be available at the class. Tuition will be provided with regard to materials, so it is advisable not to purchase unnecessarily before the course commences.

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Sketchbook Skills workshop, 13th August 2016

Date: Saturday 13 August 2016, 10am-2pm
Course length: 4 hours
Price: £50 (£45 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate and post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: Beginner - all welcome.
Suitable for those developing mixed media sketchbooks and working with a range of small scale ideas.
Campus: Llandaff Campus, N Block Drawing Room and Print Studios, and out and about in Llandaff village and across the Llandaff Campus. Outdoor (weather permitting).

coas-001.jpgThe aim is to demystify the process of compiling an interesting sketchbook, whilst developing your observational drawing skills in the beautiful and inspirational landscape of Llandaff. We will also explore the potential of various wet and dry drawing materials.

The course is designed to help you improve your confidence in using sketchbooks, developing en plein air confidence and observational drawing skills, enhance your visual recording skills and help you evaluate your own outcomes and review your work so that you can continue to develop your practice in future.

Who is the course for? 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKING

FabLab Cardiff International Summer of Making, 9-11 and 15-17 August 2016

Date: Tuesday to Thursday 9-11 August and Monday to Wednesday 15-17 August 2016, 10am-3pm daily including 1 hour for lunch
Course length: 6 days
Price: £400 (£360 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: To be confirmed
Level: Beginners but all welcome
Campus: FabLab Cardiff, B Block, Llandaff Campus

FabLab Cardiff International Summer of Making

Design, make, craft, innovate, experiment, break, remake…

Spend time with us here at FabLab Cardiff as a part of our International Summer School exploring a range of materials, skills and technologies. The summer programme is ideal for those interested in learning new making, technology and craft skills, from beginner through to advanced practitioner level. Whether you have a keen interest in craft and design, want to develop your skills for your business or because you are thinking about Further Education/Higher Education, this programme allows you the hands-on practical opportunity to develop work and ideas that meet these needs.

Working on a design project from start to finish you will learn about design software, how to build prototype models and then create a finished project. The project will incorporate 3D printing, laser cutting and the use of the CNC machines to give you the opportunity to experience of learning about a wide range of digital technology. It will also give you the opportunity to learn some basic electronic and Arduino skills.

We look forward to meeting you, and taking you on a creative, exploratory journey where you will enjoy first class tutoring, engaging with traditional, and new technologies, where you’ll be sure to make new friends from the UK and from overseas.

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PAINTING

Painting in Oil & Acrylic - Intermediate/Advanced, starts 3 October 2016

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Date: Mondays, starts 3 October 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weekly sessions
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: !
Level: Freya Dooley
Campus: Llandaff Campus

Image: Snowy Evening by Cherry Summers

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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PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography - Introduction: DSLR, starts 3 October 2016

Date: Mondays, starts 3 October 2016, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 weekly sessions
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus

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

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


By the end of the course you will be a more confident photographer able to pre-visualise your images and have started to develop your own personal vision.
To bring with you: Your DSLR camera

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Digital Photography: The next step - Building your Portfolio, starts 6 October 2016

Date: Thursdays from 6 October 2016, 7-9pm
Course length: 10 weekly sessions
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Thomas Bartlett
Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Campus: Llandaff Campus

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

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PRINTMAKING

The Art of Screen Printing, starts 3 October 2016

coas-001.jpg Date: Mondays, starts 3 October 2016 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
Campus:Llandaff Campus

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

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Experimental Lino Printmaking, Starts 4 October 2016

Date: Starts Tuesday, from 4 October 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
Campus: Llandaff Campus

During this 10 week course you will explore the many unusual ways that lino can be used, from reduction technique, using power tools to make marks, caustic etching to 'bite' blocks, Chin collé (the use of collage), multi-block printing and unusual inking methods such as rainbow rolling. You will create exciting and dynamic prints that perhaps break the traditional view that lino is a black and white/graphic process.
You will also be introduced to many artists who use lino in unpredictable ways and will have the opportunity to see examples of their work.
This course is aimed at beginners and also those who wish to develop their existing skills. All materials will be supplied.
We have a lovely printmaking studio with plenty of room to work in plus you will have the chance to use our ‘Albion’ and ‘Columbian’ presses that date from the 1800s!
What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.

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