All our courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2016 and over only.
Please click on the course title in blue for more information and to enrol.
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 students 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.
This course is particularly well suited to more advanced learners wishing to build a highly individual body of work through exploration of their own ideas or participation in set class project. The flexibility of hand building with clay offers endless opportunities for creating desired forms. Anything from a simple functional form to complex sculpture can be accomplished in this most user friendly material. The choice is yours!
On this Studio course you will explore the possibilities of functional forms in ceramics, to explore in depth the skills and techniques needed, including throwing, basic hand building, use of moulds, decorative technique and glazing.
On this course you will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by the tutor. This course aims to develop and refine your established ceramic making and decorating skills. The tutor will give you individual feedback and encourage you to try a range of techniques to extend your skills base. The classes will cover hand building, throwing and a range of decorative techniques. There will be an emphasis on creating technical examples and collecting images and ideas that will support your creative development. The tutor will also keep you up to date about contemporary ceramics exhibitions and shows.
Develop your ideas by working on self-generated projects that are creatively challenging. Your tutor will encourage you to be open to new ideas and explore different techniques, with informed risk taking. For creative development there is the opportunity to discuss your work in individual or group situations, and experience tutor demonstrations covering making and decorative techniques. Explore and experiment in a new discipline, such as throwing, or hone your hand-building techniques by trying sculpting or making work for installations. There is a strong emphasis on sketchbook work and developing an individual, professional, ceramic design practice.
For players of strings, woodwind or piano, you will have the opportunity to play prepared pieces to the class in an informal, friendly environment, either solo, accompanied, or in groups, and receive feedback from the tutor and fellow students, discussing performance practice and interpretation.
This course is an opportunity for anyone who wants to work in a supportive environment on their own drawing and painting projects. There is an opportunity to work using a range of media and techniques from a range of observational or non-observational sources.
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 Studio course focusses is on individual support; to present possibilities, to progress your plans and your personal objectives. You will advance your skills or simply learn new techniques of this rewarding and important printmaking medium. The group is a creative pool of shared knowledge and experience.
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.
This is primarily a conversation course so the emphasis will be on speaking and discussions. All teaching and learning takes place in French. The internet, songs and other technologies will be used to prompt discussions, as will topics introduced by the teacher and learners. On this course you will speak about and debate on politics, French and Francophone social issues. You will discover literature, songs, films and televised news and you will participate in various creative activities. Each term of this course will have different learning aims, building on your previous knowledge.
Designed for anyone with an intermediate level of Italian who would like to develop their language skills and knowledge of Italy and the Italians through speaking. This conversation class will help you build the confidence to speak in Italian in a range of situations and develop pronunciation and fluency. Each term of this course will have different learning aims, building on your previous knowledge. You will learn through speaking and debating about Italian politics, society and culture.
You will learn how to design, transfer, cut, bend, solder and polish different metals to produce at least one finished standard piece of jewellery. The more experienced learners are encouraged to negotiate individual projects with the guidance of the tutor. This course encourages a culture of sharing knowledge with other learners of similar or different skills levels. You can follow set class projects or work on a self-initiated personal project. The emphasis is on developing each learners creative potential.
On this Studio course you will be expected 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.
This is an opportunity to draw with one model in one pose for five weeks. We begin the session with a number of short studies to decide on composition but the rest of the session is yours to develop your own work with the guidance of a specialist tutor. You may choose to work on a drawing or a painting. The course includes guidance on making stretched canvases and these can be on a very large scale. Time is made available at the end of each session for a group critique.
The course will cover all fundamental life-drawing principles. These will centre around three main areas: 1. The bone structure of the body. 2. The building of the body’s form. 3. 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.
You will extend your existing skills in photography using professional studio flash and tungsten lighting to enhance portraits and still life objects. You will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. You will work in small groups with a set of studio lights to create portraits and still life images.
This course will allow you to explore porcelain’s special qualities – its whiteness, fine texture and potential for translucency. You will learn how to combine forming and decorative techniques to create surface quality and patterns integral to each form. Hand building and small scale throwing will be explored. By the end of the course 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.
This is a Studio course for experienced printmaking and etching learners. 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.
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 For beginners you will learn about a range of materials and processes in sculpture, including wood, stone and mixed media construction. For more advanced learners this tutored workshop will enable you to develop your own ideas further. If you are an advanced learner then you can develop and refine your skills by working on independent projects. We use traditional materials but are always expanding our repertoire to connect with contemporary practice, finding inspiration from current trends to the classics. We recommend that you enrol for at least a term to really get into your subject and fine tune your skills.