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Studio Courses

All our Studio courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2017 and over only.

Please click on the Studio course title in blue for more information and to enrol.

BRAND NEW!

Facilities are now available at WMC-The College Camden for you to put into practice what you have learnt. Meeting the needs of the community, Studio courses are for learners who want to fine tune their skills using our workshops, equipment and high level expertise.

You will enrol with an idea of what you want to achieve and, supported by an expert tutor, we will enable you to set your own learning goals and develop projects using subject specialist resources.

Studio courses this year are available in: AutoCAD, Ceramics, Clothes Making, Floristry, Glass & Sculpture, Jewellery, Languages (French and Italian), Printmaking & Etching, Picture Framing, Life Drawing, and Photography. Please click on the course title in blue to enrol.

Please note there are no concessions on Studio courses so you will need to pay the full fee.

Ceramics

Ceramics Handbuilt Forms (Studio Practice)

This is an inspiring ceramics course concentrating on hand built ceramics and clay sculpture, designed to suit individual interests and talents. On this course you will be working on your own projects and/or a class project with the support of a specialist tutor.
The course is particularly well suited to advanced learners wishing to develop their own ideas into an individualised body of work. You will get lots of encouragement, stimulation and assistance to achieve your goals.

Ceramics: Design and Make (Studio Practice)

Explore and experiment in a new discipline, such as throwing, or hone your hand-building techniques by trying sculpting or making work for installations.

This course encourages research and sketchbook work, and developing your own individual, professional, ceramic design practice.

Ceramics: Specialist Materials & Techniques (Studio Practice)

These studio courses will allow you to intensively explore a variety of exciting specialist materials and techniques. By the end of each term you will be able to produce a series of decorative, functional or sculptural forms. There will be an emphasis on creating technical examples and collecting images and ideas that will support your creative development. Each term will cover a specialist technique as follows. Please see the full course description for details.
Term A: Porcelain
Term B: Printing on clay
Term C: Sculptural Ceramics

Ceramics (Studio Practice)

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas, designs and practical skills in ceramics.
You can expect to explore in depth the possibilities of functional forms in ceramics. You will develop a range of skills, including throwing, basic hand building, use of moulds, decorative technique and glazing.

Pottery (Studio Practice)

This course is designed to build on your existing experiences by offering comprehensive strategies for improving your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker.

You can follow set class projects or work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

JEWELLERY

Beaded Jewellery & Wirework (Studio Practice)

This course explores jewellery made by combining beads and wirework construction. You will learn a range of bead weaving techniques and to create findings from scratch. You will learn to manipulate and twist wire and beads to create a range of accessories and how to develop, plan and realise your own designs.
These are techniques that you will be able to practice at home as they require minimal specialist equipment.

Jewellery (Studio Practice)

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own jewellery ideas, designs and practical skills.
You can expect to finish at least two pieces of jewellery and you will learn jewellery making techniques such as shaping and doming, surface texturing and decorating, stone setting, and fold forming.

Silversmithing (Studio Practice)

This course is designed to build on your existing experiences by offering comprehensive strategies for improving your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker.

You can follow set class projects or work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

Jewellery (Studio Practice)

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own jewellery ideas, designs and practical skills.
You can expect to finish at least two pieces of jewellery and you will learn jewellery making techniques such as shaping and doming, surface texturing and decorating, stone setting, and fold forming.

PRINTMAKING & ETCHING

Etching and Photo Etching (Studio Practice)

Rembrandt had just three techniques for printmaking: dry point; hard ground and soft ground.
We now have around 20 techniques which can be used in combination. These include lift grounds, photo etching and transfers.
This course focuses on individual support and development; to present possibilities, to progress your plans and your personal objectives.

Etching, Photo Etching & Relief Print (Studio Practice)

You will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. You will develop competence, visual and technical skills to compile and produce personal work, perhaps for exhibition or for entry to higher education colleges. You will be offered one to one and group tutorials to direct your individual needs and build confidence. You will be encouraged to study independently by building on your awareness of historical and contemporary printmaking issues and practice.

Print Making & Etching From the Life Model (Studio Practice)

This course offers you an opportunity to translate your drawing skills into printmaking from a life model. You will be able work directly onto etching plates using hard or soft ground techniques, draw/paint directly onto acetate sheets to be translated into a photo etching or work directly onto paper. During this course you will have the opportunity to set your own personal objectives and focus on specific techniques or try out a range of new techniques.

LIFE DRAWING

Large Scale Life (Studio Practice)

This is an opportunity to work with one model for 5 weeks to develop work in depth in a large studio setting. We begin the course with a number of short studies to decide on composition but the rest of the session is yours to develop you own work with the guidance and feedback of a specialist tutor. You may choose your own materials and the course offers a great opportunity to work on a large canvas! Canvas, primer and stretchers (small to large) are provided free to use during the course. Time is made available at the end of each session for a group critique.

Life Drawing (Studio Practice)

The course will cover all fundamental life-drawing principles. These will centre around three main areas: the bone structure of the body, the building of the body’s form and the placing of the form in space.
These areas will be explored by observing the nude figure, the clothed figure, the figure in action and the portrait.
Further understanding will be underpinned by frequent visual references made to relevant periods in art history.

PICTURE FRAME MAKING

Frame Making (Studio Practice)

Learn to make and design picture frames and mounts, from the basic to the more embellished. Basic materials provided.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography and Studio Lighting – Studio Practice (Mixed Level)

Learn or develop your photography skills while exploring the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography.

ACTING

Acting and Drama Studio Practice (Intermediate/Advanced)

Studio Practice aims to develop roles in more depth. The course will adopt a workshop style format and will consist of improvisation, script work and technical approaches supported by a scene selected from a chosen playwright.

You will be encouraged to look at making your creative work more distinct and meaningful, in order to give your scene a theatrical ‘life’. Please note, the course is open to all but it is not an introductory course to acting. Learning progresses in level as the year continues.

SCULPTURE

Sculpture (Studio Practice)

On this course you will learn about materials, processes, and how to develop bespoke pieces. You will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. Beginners will learn about a range of materials and processes in sculpture, including wood, wire, plaster, cement, clay, papier mâché and mixed media. More advanced learners will develop and refine their skills and ideas further.
We are unable to accommodate stone carving or welding metal