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.

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

COURSE FULL: Pottery, from 4th October 2017

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Date: Wednesdays, starts 4 October 2017, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
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.

To bring with you: Remember to bring an apron or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as pottery is messy!

Pottery, from 5th October 2017

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Date: Thursdays, starts 5 October 2017, 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 sessions
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.

To bring with you: Remember to bring an apron or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as pottery is messy!

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Introduction to Ceramics, starts 8th October 2017

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Date: Sundays, starts 8th October 2017, 2-4pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £225 (£202.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginner (all welcome)

Learn the ancient art of ceramics through this 10-week course. Working step by step you will learn traditional hand-building techniques such as coiling, pinching & slab-building, which have been used by humans to create art for thousands of years.

Throughout the course you will develop skills in building 3-D artworks in clay experimenting with form, texture and surface pattern. You will also be introduced to the work of various artists through books and presentations, motivating you to experiment with clay through learned techniques and develop your own personal style.

The course is studio based and you are encouraged to bring ideas and images that inspire you creatively. We will discuss these ideas and how they can be translated and challenged through the materiality of clay in class.

Each session will begin with a technical demonstration building on the techniques you have learned so far. During the sessions, books and images of ceramic artworks will be available for reference as well as one to one tutor support, which will aid you in understanding the language of clay and its context within art and human culture.

By the end of the course you will have made a series of small artworks that will be fired in the kiln for you to take with you. The final two sessions will focus on creating these final pieces for firing. As you will not be firing all of the work you have made it is important for you to document your progress through photographs and a studio sketchbook. This will serve as a diary of your creative development and will be introduced in the first session.

This course is introductory so no experience is required, just an interest in materials and an enthusiasm for making work.

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. A sketchbook and camera are required to document your work as you progress throughout the course.

Who is the course aimed at:
• Anyone who wants to learn how to work with clay as an artistic medium & expand their creative skills and ideas through this material.
• Prospective college and university applicants looking to enrol on a design/fine art or craft based subject.
• Please note this course does not include working on the wheel and is focused on creating artwork rather than functional pottery.

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DESIGN

 

DRAWING

Life Drawing - Tuesdays, starts 3rd October 2017

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Date: Tuesdays, starts 3 October 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
Course length:10 weeks
Price: £180 (£162 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Chris Holloway
Level: All levels

The drawing studio is set, the figure is posed, the teacher is to advise and lead the group.

Life drawing offers the opportunity to draw and study the human form over ten focused classes.

Through observational practice and taught method, our understanding can be further developed, leading to greater questioning of how to draw from the human form in the studio environment.

This taught class can help break down drawing principles, strategies and fundamentals as a working basis. Leading us to discover further, how we can progress with experimentation. This is supported with one to one tuition and feedback throughout.

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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Advanced Life Drawing and Painting

Date: Wednesdays from 11 October 2017,7-9pm
Course length:8 weeks
Price: £150 (£135 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The aim of this course is to develop skills in composition, observation, drawing and painting. It will help you increase your confidence and critical thinking and develop individual strengths and interests by experimenting with unfamiliar or more challenging processes and exercises. Through the course you will develop your knowledge of varied approaches to the body in modern and contemporary art
Increased confidence in working with the figure

The classes will include a combination of short, dynamic poses and longer set-ups.
A mixture of models in terms of body type and gender, nude and clothed, week by week will be used.

Weeks 1-4: A focus on drawing. Exercises in experimenting with techniques, materials and approaches.
Weeks 4-8: A focus on painting, situating the figure, creating more resolved work.

Who is the course aimed at? Some experience of and confidence in painting recommended.

Any prerequisites for joining the course? A willingness to try new process and challenge current working processes. Experience in painting, drawing and working with the figure would be useful but not essential if you are willing to challenge themselves. This course will not cover the technical basics of painting and using paint is optional but encouraged.

What do students need to bring with them? Large sketchbook, Canvases, and drawing materials: pencils, rubber, charcoal, ink etc. Masking tape. For painting: 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), white spirit or turpentine. You can find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft.

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Tymhorau’r Ardd/Seasons in the Garden, 7 Sundays throughout 2017/18

Dates:
Sunday October 15 10am - 1pm
Sunday November 19 10am - 1pm
Sunday January 21 10am - 1pm
Sunday February 18 10am - 1pm
Sunday April 2210 am - 1pm
Sunday May 20 10am - 1pm
Sunday June 17 10am - 1pm
Course length: 2 sesions
Price: £200 (£180 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All levels
Location: Meet in CSAD foyer and then work in the CSAD studios and print workshop and across the CSAD Campus and Community Garden.

The aim of this course is to introduce a variety of drawing and visual recording methods by way of studying a particular subject matter as it changes season by season. It will include practical sessions within the garden (weather permitting) and studio based sessions focusing on drawing, painting and printmaking.

The workshops will help improve your confidence in applying visual recording techniques and develop or extend your understanding of how to record a particular subject matter. The workshops will enable you to evaluate own outcomes and review work to develop.

The workshops will include demonstrations and discussion of exemplar materials and the use of primary source drawing and secondary source imagery.

What to bring with you:Pencils or graphite sticks (4B - 9B), fineliners, drawing inks, watercolour paints, masking fluid, a variety of paint brushes, charcoal, soft pastels, fixative and plastic erasers.

Who is the course aimed at? All levels welcome. Suitable for those interested in developing drawing, painting and printmaking skills. Anyone interested in developing your own primary source material and working from selected secondary sources. Anyone interested in exploring the garden as an evolving subject matter.

Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Elsworth Kelly Plant Drawings
Any botanical art book
Kew Gardens reference material e.g. Shirley Sherwood
Michael Landy Nourishment series

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Fashion Illustration - Beginners, starts 4th October 2017

Date: Wednesdays, starts 4 October 2017, 7-9pm
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.

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 it’s 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.

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 the tutor will ask the students to bring in magazines to draw from and use for collages, embroidery threads and a piece of fabric, watercolour paper and layout pads

Before you join 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, illustration or fine art.
• 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 in the back)

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An Introduction to drawing, starts 4th October 2017

Introduction to Drawing

Date: Wednesdays, starts 4 October 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 methods and techniques that will enable you to produce a body of work that is substantial in content, quantity and variety.

By exploring a range of set tasks involving different approaches to drawing, we can experiment with observational practice and question how we draw in response to our seeing. This will be introduced through taught method and questioning practice.

Subject matter/source material is varied and will involve primarily still life, the figure, and a range of observational drawing situations.

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.

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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Developing Ideas from a Sketchbook, starts 22nd January 2018

Date: Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm on 22, 29 Jan and 5 and 12 Feb 2018
Course length: 4 sessions
Price: £80 (£72 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor:  Claire Hiett
Level: All levels

The course will inspire you with a variety of methods to develop ideas previously recorded in a sketchbook. It will improve your confidence in developing ideas from sketchbooks, provide you with ways of finding inspiration from your sketchbook. It will also help you develop your visual recording skills and provide you with ways of evaluating your own outcomes and reviewing your work so that you can develop it further.

What do students need to bring with them? A sketchbook of completed drawings/studies. Paint - acrylic or watercolour. A variety of paint brushes (different sizes, round & flat & a rigger). A water pot, palette, paper - cartridge / watercolour / acrylic, small scale canvases to paint on. Selection of drawing materials. Drawing materials - drawing inks, fineliners /permanent markers, graphite sticks, charcoal. Acetate sheets.

Who is the course aimed at: It is suitable for those interested in developing paintings and drawings from sketchbooks and working with a range of small scale ideas, for example with the potential to sell at a craft fair. It is also suitable for anyone wishing to develop work completed in a sketchbook format into drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces. Those who are curious about extending sketchbook studies and are looking for a deeper understanding of the subject will also find it inspiring as will those looking to acquire some new skills.

Any prerequisites for joining the course?
An interest in visual recording and keeping a sketchbook/visual diary.
An interest in compiling sketchbooks for personal use.
An interest in developing ideas from sketchbook studies.
An interest in producing paintings & drawings.

Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Artists - Katie Sollohub - paints interiors & recently undertook a residency at Turner’s House.
Sketchbooks Grayson Perry
Turner’s sketchbooks - extensive travel.
Instagram - #tatesketchbook

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Sketchbook Skills workshops, saturdays during 2017-18

Dates:
Saturday 30 September 2017, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 25 November 2017, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 27 January 2018, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 24 March 2018, 10am -2pm OR
Saturday 26 May, 10am -2pm 2018
Course length: 1 session - students are very welcome to book onto more than one session
Price: £40 persession (£36 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All welcome

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

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.

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.

Any prerequisites for joining the course? 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
The Sketchbook Project - Brooklyn Art Library N. Y.

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MAKING

 

PAINTING

Advanced Life Drawing and Painting

Date: Wednesdays from 11 October 2017,7-9pm
Course length:8 weeks
Price: £150 (£135 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Freya Dooley
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The aim of this course is to develop skills in composition, observation, drawing and painting. It will help you increase your confidence and critical thinking and develop individual strengths and interests by experimenting with unfamiliar or more challenging processes and exercises. Through the course you will develop your knowledge of varied approaches to the body in modern and contemporary art
Increased confidence in working with the figure

The classes will include a combination of short, dynamic poses and longer set-ups.
A mixture of models in terms of body type and gender, nude and clothed, week by week will be used.

Weeks 1-4: A focus on drawing. Exercises in experimenting with techniques, materials and approaches.
Weeks 4-8: A focus on painting, situating the figure, creating more resolved work.

Who is the course aimed at? Some experience of and confidence in painting recommended.

Any prerequisites for joining the course? A willingness to try new process and challenge current working processes. Experience in painting, drawing and working with the figure would be useful but not essential if you are willing to challenge themselves. This course will not cover the technical basics of painting and using paint is optional but encouraged.

What do students need to bring with them? Large sketchbook, Canvases, and drawing materials: pencils, rubber, charcoal, ink etc. Masking tape. For painting: 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), white spirit or turpentine. You can find these at Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade, Cardiff or Hobbycraft.

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Painting in Oil & Acrylic - Intermediate/Advanced, starts 2nd October 2017

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Date: Mondays, starts 2 October 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
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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Painting in Oil & Acrylic - Intermediate/Advanced, starts 3rd October 2017

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Date: Mondays, starts 3rd October 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
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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Painting in Oil or Acrylic - Beginner/Intermediate, starts 5th Oct 2017

Date: Thursdays from 5 October 2017, 7.00-9.00pm
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 your 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.

No painting experience is required, just a desire to experiment and to learn how to use paint.

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.

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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 2nd October 2017

Date: Mondays, starts 2 October 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 2nd October 2017

Screen Printing

Date: Mondays, starts 2 October 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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Expressive Portfolio Printmaking: Drypoint and Monoprint , starts 19th October 2017

Expressive Portfolio Printmaking

Date: Mondays, starts 19th October 2017 6.30-8.30pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £190 (£171 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Laura Lillie
Level: Beginner / Intermediate (all welcome)

Whether you are new to printmaking altogether, or have previous printmaking experience and a desire to build your portfolio, this course will provide you with the skills and professional application to make exciting and expressive work.

Each week you will be introduced to new printmaking techniques and ways of building on your ideas. Step by step and hands-on demonstrations will be followed by individual workshop time, where you will put into practice the skills you have learnt.

You will be encouraged to have fun with processes and to challenge yourself with new ideas and ways of creating refined, atmospheric prints. The final weeks of the course will transition from demonstration-focused sessions to independent workshop time, giving you the chance to develop your ideas with continual guidance from the tutor.

You will be introduced to a wide variety of artist quality materials along with specialist printmaking papers, tools and implements. For 10 weeks you will be situated in a working printmaking studio with access to four intaglio presses. Setting Drypoint and Monoprint into context, you will also learn how artists have used other printmaking processes to similar effect and how these might be combined in the home studio.

With Christmas approaching, you may want to use this opportunity to use some of your prints as cards or gifts.


Portfolio Printmaking

Glossary:
Intaglio: Intaglio is an umbrella term to describe any printmaking process which involves an impression being taken from below the surface of a printing plate. Unlike relief printing processes (which include woodblock and linocut), ink is often applied to incisions or a scratched texture. Intaglio processes include drypoint, acid etching and collagraph.
Drypoint: Characterised by a rich / velvety etched line, drypoint can be described as one of the most immediate forms of etching. Lines and tone can be built up using a number of sharp tools/abrasives. This process can be combined with numerous other printmaking techniques including monoprint to produce dynamic, colourful and often highly evocative prints.
Monoprint: A planographic (flat surface) printmaking process, monoprinting is often underestimated in terms of its wide reaching scope. Of the printmaking processes, it is the most ‘painterly’ and lends itself to broad, gestural mark making. Ink is applied to a plate (often plastic or aluminium), manipulated in a number of ways and - as the name suggests - a one-off print is produced.

What to bring:
A pencil case including : Pencil, biro, ruler, scissors
Old clothes / apron
(Optional) latex/nitrile gloves

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Experimental Lino Printmaking, starts 3rd October 2017

Date: Starts Tuesday, from 3 October 2017, 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)