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Art and Design Portfolio Saturday School (Core Skills)

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Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 16

This practical course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to start a unique and diverse art and design portfolio. It can either be taken on its own or followed by the Applied Skills course for a more in-depth experience.

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Course Dates

7th October 2017 – 9th December 2017

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Course Description

The aim of the course is to build your confidence and vocabulary when working in the art and design studio. The topics will include:

  • body and adornment
  • colour and light
  • drawing and observation
  • idea generation and project development
  • life drawing and experimentation
  • photography and image making
  • texture, pattern and surface
  • visual communication
  • working with space and place

Throughout the course you will undertake projects that explore creative thinking and the different processes involved in making art and design. The course will also show you the importance of sketchbooks and how to approach independent research.

There will be sessions dedicated to assessing your development to ensure you are progressing, plus a final portfolio review day.

What will you gain?

The course can help you start a portfolio for entry on to an undergraduate programme, or it can simply be an opportunity to work in the art school environment on a variety of structured projects. Either way it will encourage you to develop your personal approach to making art and design.

To benefit from this course you will need to commit to a small amount of independent study time between sessions to ensure that you complete the projects.

Tutor profile: James Gant has been teaching painting and drawing at various educational institutions for the past 14 years after completing his degree in fine art. He works as a freelance artist on a range of exciting projects including films, book illustrations and murals as well as his own personal work. He has vast experience in teaching creative painting and drawing techniques to all skill levels and feels it important that the learner understands the potential of the materials so that they can explore and express themselves in an exciting and personal way.

Sam Taylor’s experience of teaching has encompassed a range of art and design subjects including 3D design, architecture, sculpture and set design. She promotes the importance of learners developing ideas through practical experimentation using 2D and 3D problem solving skills. This accumulates into an interesting body of work for portfolio purposes.

Sam has a Masters in glass making, and creates both sculptural and functional forms. Sam also holds a wealth of knowledge working with a wide range of other 2D and 3D materials, techniques and processes including working with wood, plastics and metals.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813