Courses

Cardiff Open Art School opens its doors again in May 2022 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.




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.

CERAMICS

Pottery: Learning to Throw on the Wheel

Date: Mondays, starts 09 May 2022, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 9 sessions over 10 weeks
Price: £195
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

*please note that there is a break week during week 9 to allow time for drying and kiln firing your work, before glazing takes place in week 10; no class will take place on week 9. 

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!

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Pottery: Learning to Throw on the Wheel

Dates: Tuesdays, starts 10 May 2022, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 9 sessions over 10 weeks
Price: £195
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

*please note that there is a break week during week 9 to allow time for drying and kiln firing your work, before glazing takes place in week 10; no class will take place on week 9. 

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!

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PAINTING

Beginner/Intermediate Painting in Oils and Acrylics

Date: Thursdays, starts 12 May 2022, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

*Please note that there will be a break week on week 4 due to the Spring Bank Holiday that falls on Thursday 2nd June 2022, the course will effectively finish 11 weeks after the start date on 21st July 

This course will provide learners with the technical and theoretical tools to paint still life and landscape paintings.

In this course you will learn the basic theory of how to relate colour and light, define objects through contrast, and design a dramatic composition. By the end of this course you will have learned that there is a structure to figurative painting and also a reason why paintings are attractive. Many of these theories will surprise you and will make you approach the painting process in a new way.

In this course we will look at the mechanisms that paintings of the last 400 years have used to make them great and we will be taking practical measures to build their discoveries into our painting practice. Every week we will have a new focus of paint application, theory and subject matter to challenge us.

By the end of the course you will see that the whole process of painting goes far beyond copying, in fact, a whole new appraisal of how we see things, and translate this experience onto canvas is needed. You will leave with the tools at your disposal to embark with confidence on your own painting projects.

Students should bring with them: students can choose whether they bring oil or acrylic paints, which need to be of a reputable make (Windsor and Newton, Rowney etc.) but can be “student quality”. The basic colours needed are red, blue, yellow, black and white. If students want a fuller palette, the following colours are recommended: Titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, payne’s grey, burnt umber.

Students also need to bring in a range of medium and large brushes and a good size plastic or dis-posale palette. If using oil paint, LOW ODOUR solvents are to be brought such as W & N “Sansodor” or “Zest it”. For oil painting, hogs hair brushes are recommended over synthetic brushes.

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Intermediate/Advanced Painting in Oils and Acrylics

Date: Mondays, starts 09 May 2022, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
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. 

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Landscape Painting in Watercolour Weekend

Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm
Course length: 2 sessions
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.

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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DRAWING

Introduction to Drawing

Date: Wednesdays, starts 11 May 2022, 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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Life Drawing

Date: starts 10 May 2022, 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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PRINTMAKING

Screenprinting

Dates: Mondays, starts 09 May 2022, 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 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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PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduction to Photography

Dates: Mondays, starting 09 May 2022, 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.

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