Courses

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines and changes to our core curriculum, access to our facilities is currently limited. As a result, we are unable to deliver Cardiff Open Art School Courses until further notice.

We remain committed to the ethos of the Cardiff Open Art School and look forward to providing first-class part-time provision and welcoming you back to campus as soon as we are able to do so.

We will continue to monitor the situation with the aim of re-opening our part-time provision as soon as we can. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for the latest updates on Cardiff Open Art School, or contact us at coas@cardiffmet.ac.uk for further information.

What if I already have a booking?

Booking payments made for Summer Term 2020 courses can either be refunded or used as a deposit to secure a priority place on a future Cardiff Open Art School course. If you have already made a payment, please email coas@cardiffmet.ac.uk and let us know which you would prefer.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.




Cardiff Open Art School offers a whole range of fantastic learning opportunities - from pottery to painting, drawing to design thinking, photography, printmaking and craft courses, there is something for everyone.

It doesnt matter if you're an experienced artist or designer, are preparing a portfolio to apply for a degree or Foundation programme, or if youve 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 16 or over, with the exception of courses using a life model, where the minimum age for participants is 18.




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

Typical Timetable: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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!

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Pottery: Learning to Throw on the Wheel

Typical Timetable: Thursdays, 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 3 and 4, meaning the final session on this course will be on Wednesday 08 July 2020.

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Sculptural Ceramics

Typical Timetable: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Course length: 6 weeks
Price: £120
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginners

Learn ancient hand-modeling techniques and create your own ceramic sculptures in this 6-week course. Throughout the 2-hour sessions you will gain skills in working with clay including coiling, slab-building and pinching. There will also be the opportunity to explore surface texture and pattern, using coloured slips and simple tools. All materials and firing costs are included. By the end of the course you will be able to select up to four final pieces to be clear-glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.

AJ Stockwell is an artist & educator based in Cardiff. Trained in Fine Art & Ceramics she has worked both nationally and internationally, developing independent and collaborative projects.

What do students need to bring with them? Digital camera or smart phone for documentation; sketchbook and pencil for planning sculptures.

Aprons will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own.

Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Sculpting and Handbuilding (New Ceramics) by Claire Loder
Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design: Branding from Concept to Completion

Typical Timetable: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
Tutor: Jaime Fitzgerald
Level: All welcome

The aim of this course is to give students a taste of what it’s like to be a graphic/brand designer, as well as a good understanding of the industry and what is involved in creating a successful brand identity from concept to completion.

An effective brand identity communicates how an organisation, product or service wishes to be perceived. Learn with practical exercises, how to communicate a brand idea through its identity. The course is designed for people interested in branding, graphic design, and the effective communication of a brand, and will encourage creative thinking and group discussion as well as the chance to develop a portfolio of work.

Students will consider how each element of their designs contributes to the brand’s identity and wider perception; name, strapline, logo, mascots, colour, typography and aesthetics. You will research successful brands, create mind maps, mood boards and visual concepts in order to come up with a logo to answer a creative design brief. The course will cover the subject from creative brief to final execution and students will learn some software skills, such as basic computer-aided design techniques using adobe software, in order to execute their final design.

This is a fun-packed, creative and inspirational course and students will be able to discuss and share their understanding of the subject through interactive workshop exercises.

Students should bring with them: A4 Sketchbook, pencil and a rubber and any other coloured pens or pencils you are comfortable working in (some will also be provided), new or old magazines and newspapers, a USB stick to save your work on.

Please note that, due to another commitment, Jaime will be taking a break between sessions 6 and 7, meaning the final session on this course will be on Tuesday 07 July 2020.

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Introduction to Graphic Communication

Typical Timetable: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Course length: 10 sessions
Price: £180
Tutor: Sharha
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This beginner level course will allow you to explore and experiment with practical elements of graphic design. It will provide you with an understanding of how images, colours and typefaces can work together to communicate a specific design concept.

The programme includes the development of layout skills, style and an introduction to typography, utilizing your creativity to enable you to generate ideas or messages through graphic design.

Throughout these sessions, you will navigate through projects to experiment with creative tools allowing you to produce a portfolio of work using a variety of graphic design styles and media.

Outcomes may be in the form of printed materials, such as signage, graphic symbols, packaging or electronic media. You will also learn, and be able to demonstrate, a working use of design vocabulary relating to communication design.

Students should bring with them: A4 Sketchbook, pencil and a rubber and any other coloured pens or pencils you are comfortable working in (some will also be provided), new or old magazines and newspapers, a USB stick to save your work on.

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DRAWING

Introduction to Drawing

Typical Timetable: Wednesdays, 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

Typical Timetable: Tuesdays, 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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PAINTING

Beginner/Intermediate Painting in Oils and Acrylics

Typical Timetable: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Course length: 10 weeks
Price: £180
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course will provide learners with the technical and theoretical tools to paint still life, life model 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 will need to 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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Advanced Painting in Oils & Acrylics

Typical Timetable: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm
Course length: 6 sessions
Price: £110
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, as well as 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. This class is recommended for students with confidence in the basics and some experience in painting and colour mixing. This course can help build your confidence, so experience is not essential if the student is willing to challenge themselves.

We will look at a range of historical, modern and contemporary artists to contextualise the sessions. There will also be opportunities for group discussion/ feedback.

Painters will need to 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 a session will not run on Monday 25 May 2020 due to University closure on Bank Holidays. The final session of this course will therefore be on Monday 08 June 2020.

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Landscape Painting in Watercolour Weekend

Typical Timetable: Saturday and Sunday, 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

Typical Timetable: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 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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Life Model Painting in Oils

Typical Timetable: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Course length: 2 sessions over one weekend
Price: £95
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This course will enable students to paint a convincing life model in oils. Starting with colour mixing, we will consider the decisions made during the creation of your paintings to look at how to help your figure stand out from its background, how to capture their pose (be it sitting or standing etc.) and how to incorporate them “in space” as opposed to floating on the canvas.

Although the task will seem daunting, there are several principles involving colour harmony and contrast that will be investigated before embarking on the step by step painting of our life model. The principles you will learn in this course will give you the confidence to approach a whole variety of subjects through a secure understanding of the mechanics of creating a painting from life.

Students should bring with them: brushes, odorless solvent, rags, palette knife. Oil paints: Crimson (Red), Burn Umber (Brown), Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, Payne’s Grey.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduction to Photography

Typical Timetable: Mondays, 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 a session will not run on Monday 25 May 2020 due to University closure on Bank Holidays. The final session of this course will therefore be on Monday 06 July 2020.

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Collage with Photographic Imagery

Typical Timetable: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Course length: 8 sessions
Price: £145
Tutor: Rory Buckland
Level: All welcome

A fun art course to make ‘photomontages’ or ‘collages’ using found imagery from magazines, books, photos etc. You will be cutting up the images and arranging them onto new backgrounds to make amazing new compositions and meanings.

Be inspired by the surrealists’ exploration of the subconscious; let your imagination run free, and pleasantly surprise yourself with your creative ability.

Students should bring with them: visual source materials e.g. used magazines, photos, junk mail, newspapers etc. a craft knife https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/x-acto-no-1-precision-knife-and-cap or similar, a notebook, medium scissors.

Some web links students might find useful as inspiration / preparation:
Symbols and Symbolism;
https://academyofideas.com/2017/02/carl-jung-what-are-archetypes/
http://www.theartstory.org/movement-symbolism.htm
https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://duckduckgo.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1221&context=art_design_theses
http://www.new-wisdom.org/cultural_history1/02-archetypes/symbolism.htm

Photomontage;
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/missgordonart/lesson-plan-photomontage/
http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/3318/top-10-collage-artists-hannah-hoch-to-man-ray
https://cargocollective.com/mat200a/Photomontage-A-Collection
https://www.widewalls.ch/photomontage-art/

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Photography: Colour Management for Digital Print and Web-Based Imagery

Typical Timetable: Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Course length: 1 day
Price: £65
Tutor: Gawain Barnard
Level: All welcome

This course will provide an introduction to the world of colour management with an emphasis on creating a finished product for print or web based content.

The course will be based in both the classroom and photographic studio exploring the connection between digital colour management and photographic print by introducing students to the step by step processes used in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Following the course students should be able to demonstrate the correct use of a digital camera, setting up and inputting correct file processes. Each student will produce a colour managed print and explore the connection between digital colour management and the photographic pint.

This course is aimed at School leavers with a keen interest in photography to lifelong learners who would like to learn new skills.

Students should bring with them: a digital camera and a portable hard drive/pen drive.

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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PRINTMAKING

Screenprinting

Typical Timetable: Mondays, 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.

Please note that a session will not run on Monday 25 May 2020 due to University closure on Bank Holidays. The final session of this course will therefore be on Monday 06 July 2020.

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Experimental Lino Printmaking

Typical Timetable: Thursdays, 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.

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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Collograph Weekend

Typical Timetable: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am -1:00pm
Course length: 2 sessions over one weekend, 3 hours per session
Price: £60 per weekend
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: All welcome

This two day course will enable you to produce and print a collograph (printed collage), using scrap mount card and various scraps of textured papers. Day one involves discussing your design ideas with the tutor in order to produce an appropriate outcome based on primary and/or secondary sources.

Collograph plates must be varnished in order to secure the surface in preparation for the inking process, which is why this is a two-day workshop, with day two being taken up with printing the collographs made on day one. A great opportunity to use up all those scrap papers and card that could otherwise end up in the recycling!

Students should bring with them: primary and/or secondary source or reference material to develop through print (photographs, an image you like, or a sketchbook of your work). Scrap papers – e.g. textured papers, doilies, wallpaper offcuts, tracing paper, sandpaper, pencil, scalpel blade, masking tape, pritt stick.

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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