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All our Studio courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2018 and over only.

Please click on the Studio courses 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: Ceramics, Jewellery, Wood Carving and Picture Framing, Photography, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking & Etching, and Sculpture . 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: Skills and Project Development (Studio Practice)
This course provides an opportunity to develop your skills and projects with tutor guidance. Beginners will partake in a series of structured projects designed to introduce basic skills in making and decorating whilst producing a range of individual ceramic forms. Intermediate learners will focus on individual project development working on their own or set briefs. This will involve research and development of ideas.

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

Experimental Glass for Ceramics (Studio Practice)
Create unique sculptural work on this three day course, under the guidance of an experienced ceramic and glass tutor. This course explores the creative possibilities of combining ceramics and glass.
We will be working with fusing combinations, melting glass and ceramics in the kiln and cold work, assembling compositions of pre-made glass and ceramic forms.
Experiment with the use of ceramic melt pots and observe how different firing temperatures can be used creatively. For existing ceramic and glass students this is an ideal opportunity to further develop your own creative practice.

Using Wire with Ceramics (Studio Practice)
This course will introduce you to mixing wire and clay together. We will look at contemporary makers that combine these materials and explore some of the possible outcomes. You will experiment with and create small or medium objects and fire them inside a saggar.
Amongst the materials we will use are stainless steel, nichrome wire, stoneware, paper clays, nails and cutlery, with firings at low and high temperature. The use of Egyptian Paste as a bonding element at the earthenware range will be covered. This course will not cover the glazing of work.

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. Please note there is a 30 minute lunch break from 12 – 12:30pm

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

Introduction to Metal Clay Jewellery (Studio Practice)
Silver clay is a wonderfully versatile material which is relatively new to the field of jewellery making. It is simple to use and will enable you to make beautiful jewellery, easier and quicker than using traditional silversmithing techniques. Silver clay can be worked like clay. When it is fired the result is a 99.9% fine silver piece which is of hallmark quality.
You will be able to make pendants, earrings, brooches, rings, tie-pins, cuff-links, bracelet charms – the list is endless. You can also make small ornaments and trinkets too if you prefer.
The course fee includes £10 worth of copper or bronze clay and you are welcome to bring your own metal clay too, including silver.

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. All basic materials and equipment provided, including sheet metal.

Metal Clay Jewellery Taster (Studio Practice)
Silver clay is a wonderfully versatile material which is relatively new to the field of jewellery making. It is simple to use and will enable you to make beautiful jewellery, easier and quicker than using traditional silversmithing techniques. Silver clay can be worked like clay. When it is fired the result is a 99.9% fine silver piece which is of hallmark quality.

You will be able to make pendants, earrings, brooches, rings, tie-pins, cuff-links, bracelet charms – the list is endless. You can also make small ornaments and trinkets too if you prefer.

The course fee includes £10 worth of copper or bronze clay and you are welcome to bring your own metal clay too, including silver.

Woodcarving and Picture Framing

Picture Frame Making (Studio Practice)
Learn to make and design picture frames and mounts, from the basic to the more embellished. Basic materials and equipment provided. Your tutor will recommend suppliers where you will be able to purchase materials for your personal projects.

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. You must have your own digital DSLR camera to enrol on the course.

Introduction to Studio Light Photography (Mixed Level)
Light your studio shots like a pro: explore the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography. Our introduction to studio lighting course will teach you how to use controlled lighting to your advantage across a range of types of photography. This course provides an introduction into lighting subjects. You will learn how to creatively use tungsten lights, studio flash, hand-held meters, while exploring studio lighting techniques for your desired outcome. You must have your own digital DSLR camera to enrol on the course.

Drawing and Painting

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 he 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.

Printmaking and 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.

Sculpture

Sculpture (Studio Practice)
On this course you will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. You will learn about materials, processes, and how to develop ideas and bespoke pieces.

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. Basic material and tools provided.

Please note we are unable to accommodate stone carving, bronze casting or welding metal.