Courses

​​​​Cardiff Open Art School opens its doors again in ​Spring 2024 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.

Please note that, unless otherwise stated within the course description, our courses are open to those aged 18 or over.

All courses are available to book now.

Please note: ​Each course must reach a minimum number of bookings to run (8 usually). The University will ask you whether you’re interested in taking part in a course through the medium of Welsh as part of this process.




You can 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.

DRAWING

Introduction to Drawing, Wednesdays from 17th January 2024

Date: Wednesdays, starts 17th January 2024, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length: 10 sessions*
Price: £195
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.

Working from observation, the course will cover a study of line, tone, shape, texture, scale and composition. Subject matter will include still life, the figure, interior space and a range of observational drawing scenarios. This course will focus on the principles of drawing and developing our skills in observation and ways of seeing.

This is a taught class within a studio environment, whereby experimentation is encouraged and where you 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.

*Please note that there will be a break week on Wednesday 14th February (for Half Term) and courses will resume the following week, meaning that the last session will take place Wednesday 27th March.


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Life Drawing, Tuesdays from 16th January 2024

Date: Tuesdays, starts 16th January 2024, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions*
Price: £205
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.

The classes are structured to give a diverse range of poses to draw from, both short and extended. The course will include set exercises which will give you the opportunity to experiment and engage in a range of approaches to drawing. Each session will give you the opportunity to develop and refine your own response to drawing the figure.

This is a taught class within a studio environment, whereby experimentation is encouraged and where you 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.

*Please note that there will be a break week on Tuesday 13th February (for Half Term) and courses will resume the following week, meaning that the last session will take place Tuesday 26th March.


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PAINTING

Painting the Human Figure, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2024

Date: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2024, 10:30am-3:00pm
Course length: weekend
Price: £100
Tutor: Christopher Holloway
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Figurative painting has remained a popular subject matter throughout the history of art and maintains its importance as a subject for painting today.

'Painting the human figure' offers the opportunity to study the human form over two days.

This class will explore the technical aspects of painting in oil or acrylic with a study of composition, mixing practice, colour and observation.

Working with a variety of approaches to observation including preliminary sketching, how the placement of the figure is incorporated into the composition and environment, working with colour and tone as a way of controlling light, all of which will lead us to producing a final composition(s).

The class will be suitable for those with some painting experience and wishing to develop their practice in response to the figure, whilst seeking tuition with regards to the technical and formal aspects of painting the figure from life.

This is a taught class within a studio environment, where one to one tuition and feedback will be provided throughout. This course features a life model.

What do students need to bring with them?

Students to bring with them: Student or Artist Quality Oil/Acrylic Colour:

  • Warm Red e.g - Cadmium Red
  • Cool Red e.g - Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Red
  • Warm Blue e.g - Cerulean, Manganese or Phthalo Blue
  • Cool Blue e.g - Ultramarine Blue
  • Warm Yellow e.g - Cadmium Yellow
  • Cool Yellow e.g - Lemon Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Viridian Green
  • Titanium White
  • Black

Students may bring additional colours if they wish.

Also: rags, palette, palette knives, masking tape, flat and or round brushes - if possible sizes 2, 4 and 8, low odour artist white spirit or turpentine (for oil painters), brush washing jar, drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, eraser), an apron may be useful.

Various sized surfaces to paint onto such as - Primed canvas, canvas board, primed oil paper/acrylic paper pad, primed boards, whichever you feel comfortable using.


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TEXTILES

Intro to Stitch for Repairs, Making and Art Textiles, Mondays from 15th January 2024

Date: Mondays, starting 15th January 2024, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions*
Price: £195
Tutor: Karen O'Shea
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Learn to sew from the very basics of hand sewing and embroidery right through to fashionable visible mending, darning and garment alterations to putting in a zip and using a machine for applique and art textiles techniques using dissolvable fabric. This course has everything for the complete beginner!

The course is designed for complete beginners who have always wanted to learn to sew, or who would like to know how to repair or make garments, and even those with an artistic streak who fancy learning art textiles techniques. No prior sewing experience is necessary, and all skillsets are welcome.

The course offers an introduction to hand and machine sewing and embroidery, for functional creation and repairs and for decorative techniques used in art textiles. By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Operate a sewing machine and other stitch related tools safely
  • Perform a range of functional hand sewing stitches to decorative hand embroidery stitches
  • Make repairs and adjustments to garments, including blind stitch hemming, attaching buttons and darning
  • Use a simple pattern and insert a zip to create a lined 3D item using a sewing machine
  • Perform applique and freestyle machine embroidery for art textiles
  • Use dissolvable fabric to create a 3D item for the home

Students should bring with them:

  • A notebook and pencil
  • A simple sewing kit comprising pins, a household hand sewing needle, a size 1 and size 3 embroidery needle
  • A pair of small sharp embroidery scissors (nail scissors will do)


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Learn to Sew in a weekend (by hand and machine), Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2024

Date: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm
Course length: weekend
Price: £85
Tutor: Karen O'Shea
Level: All Welcome

Learn to sew by hand and use a machine to assemble, stitch and turn out a project.

This course has everything to build a beginner's sewing confidence and skill.

For those who have always wanted to learn to sew or who would like to know how to repair, adjust or make things.

Day one will introduce hand stitch, including an introduction to fabrics, terminology, and the basics of stitching and how this can be applied to repairing garments, such as sewing buttons, mending seams, attaching patches, and inspiring visible repairs.

Day two will see students move on to use of the sewing machines, to learn how the machine works, how to wind a bobbin and practice straight and curved sewing stitches, as well as practicing turning corners, sewing hems, accurate top stitching, clipping notches, and corners to turn out a project.

What should students bring with them?

  • A notebook and pencil
  • Not essential but students would find it helpful to bring their own simple sewing kit comprising pins, a household hand sewing needle, an un-picker, and a pair of small sharp embroidery scissors (nail scissors will do)


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Hand Embroidery and Applique into Cyanotype, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2024

Date: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm
Course length: weekend
Price: £90
Tutor: Karen O'Shea
Level: All Welcome

Learn to sew (if necessary, from scratch) then extend stitch repertoire into a range of hand embroidery stitches.

Create a cyanotype print using foraged plant matter and incorporate this into an embroidered applique textile artwork.

This course has everything to build a beginner's embroidery confidence and skill for creative stitch.

For those who have always wanted to learn to sew for creativity.

Day one will introduce embroidery including its purposes, equipment and materials before students will forage leaves and plants to set up their cyanotype prints. Day two students will be able to collect their cyanotype prints to take home before moving onto applique and embroidery onto fabric to create a stitched artwork.

What do students need to bring with them?

  • A notebook and pencil
  • A simple sewing kit comprising pins, a household hand sewing needle, an un-picker, and a pair of small sharp embroidery scissors (nail scissors will do)
  • An 8" embroidery hoop, which will enable completion of the project at home


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