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Thinking about taking a Jewellery course?

Thinking about taking a Jewellery course, but don’t know what to expect?  Edvvin Charmain completed three Jewellery Short Courses at Central Saint Martins and compiled a fantastic review over on his blog Edvisored.  Thank you Edvisored, we are thrilled that you enjoyed them!

Our Jewellery courses run throughout the year and the next available dates are:

Jewellery Making for Beginners 29th March

Organic Form in Jewellery 15th August

Jewellery Making with Plastic and Metal  4th July

Please visit the Short Course website for more Jewellery course options and dates

Central Saint Martins Short Courses at the Affordable Art Fair

Unleash your inner artist this weekend by heading down to the Affordable Art Fair Education Space to take part in one of our workshops.

Thursday 10 March  Central Saint Martins Short Courses: Demystifying Drawing – 2pm

Guy Noble will show you how a good understanding of the basics of drawing can open up a whole new creative world. Whether you’re a beginner, looking to pick up an old interest or wanting to start serious art study this glimpse into his Introduction to Drawing course shows an exciting and dynamic way of teaching a timeless subject. Find out how your signature can improve your life drawing or how making 10 dots can help you see differently.

Friday 11 March Central Saint Martins Short Courses: The Creative Spark – 2pm

Ilga Leimanis presents an experimental one-hour workshop exploring the creative process. Starting with the memory of a favourite work from the fair, we will use drawing, 2D and 3D paper craft, and mixed media, to play with making changes to the initial source, through a simple and fun process.

Sunday 13 March Sofa Sessions: Art and Interior Styling – 3pm

Tara Larkin offers an introductory workshop with guidance and tips for choosing and displaying art in interiors, particularly the home. The session includes a short tour of the fair to see and discuss examples.

Also pick up one of our flyers to receive your exclusive Central Saint Martins Short Course discount code!

For tickets and further information please visit the Affordable Art Fair website

Interview Season! Fashion Folio: Design and Communication

Fashion Folio Course Coordinator Beckie Leach talks about BA and MA interviews season and the culmination of one year’s hard work on the Fashion Folio course.

As spring arrives in London, the Fashion Folio studios are a flurry of nervous excitement as students set out their work for interview and portfolio review for some of the countries top undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The studio is a jam-packed sensual array of colour and texture; piles of homemade sketchbooks, research folders, knitted and stitched textiles sit on every available surface, anticipating thorough exploration.

Research

As the Course Coordinator, this is my favorite time of year; it is when I get to see everything the students have been developing during their year on the Fashion Folio. Every year I am astonished by the quality, variety and the sheer amount of effort each of the students put into their work, and this year is no exception. Each student has filled their area with a huge amount of drawings, research, sketchbooks, journals, fabric samples and garments.

Knit and Illustration

There is no prescribed ‘house’ style on the Fashion Folio, rather every student is encouraged to develop their own style and approach. Students are taught to find their own way of drawing, method of working, and to research the things that really interest them; this results in students developing a unique approach to Fashion Design and/or Communication that suits them.

collage
collage

Students are encouraged to apply for courses at a wide range of different institutions. Current students are applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fashion Design Womenswear, Menswear, Print, Knit, with Marketing, Fashion Communication, Textile Design and Fine Art at institutions including Kingston University, Westminster University, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the Royal Academy Antwerp.

Menswear
Menswear

The Fashion Folio is a highly intensive one-year Fashion Course designed to support you to develop your ‘best’ portfolio of work possible to apply directly to a BA, MA or Professional Practice.  Last year 90% of Fashion Folio students who applied were offered a place at a top University.

Our next Stage 1 of Fashion Folio starts in April

Guest Blog, Ilga Leimanis: Former CSM Short Course students invited to contribute to book

I was invited to write three chapters / workshops for a new book, Creative Sketching Workshop, by Pete Scully, published in October. It is a great new book of 20 workshops packed with different exercises to try out.

Creative Sketching Workshop: Inspiration, Tips and Exercises for Sketching on the Move by Peter Scully
Creative Sketching Workshop: Inspiration, Tips and Exercises for Sketching on the Move by Peter Scully

There are a total of 12 contributors from around the world: Virginia HeinJames HobbsNina Johansson, Ilga Leimanis, Kumi MatsukawaShiho NakazaMelaine ReimRita SablerLiz SteelPaul WangSamantha Zaza and the author Pete Scully.

In addition to these contributors, there are also many other guest artists whose beautiful artworks are included. This 176-page paperback is packed with inspiration and insights.

My three workshops are: Architecture, Portraits at Home and Pets and Animals. In addition to my own sketches (alone and as Ortelius Drew), I also asked others, including some of my former CSM students, to contribute their drawings to these chapters. From my courses, Portfolio Sketchbook, Total Drawing (Online), Drawing Portfolio – Daytime and Bespoke Training, the following of my former students contributed

Tim BaynesPortfolio Sketchbook

Sandra Cox – Total Drawing (Online)

Gazala Haq – Drawing Portfolio – Daytime

Loretta McGregor – Bespoke Training

Ana Peigneux Ortega – Drawing Portfolio – Daytime

Ignacia RuizTotal Drawing and now my colleague

Felix Siew – Drawing Portfolio – Daytime

Portraits at Home
Portraits at Home

Fellow short course tutors John Booth and Simon Foxall also contributed to my chapters.

Contrasting Colours - Creating Sketching Workshop
Contrasting Colours – Creating Sketching Workshop

The book is available at Waterstones or Amazon and also many independent bookshops in London.

Thank you to Isheeta Mustafi of RotoVision Books and Pete Scully for asking me to be one of the contributors to this book which was a wonderful new experience!

Ilga Leimanis

www.ilgaleimanis.com
www.orteliusdrew.com

Need some inspiration?

Have you been thinking about mastering a new skill, expanding your knowledge, or boosting your career?  Liga Zemture, recently completed our Introduction to the Fashion Blogging Business Short Course and it changed her life and career.  Speaking of her experience over on her blog Marble Avenues, “Sometimes there comes the moment when you realize that you can do much more and much better — and this is the right time to do it.”  The course, taught by Laetitia Wajnapel, a Parisian journalist and photographer and founder of MademoiselleRobot.com, looks at how to create compelling online content, blogging for online publications, and how to create blog content for a business wishing to promote itself and increase its search engine optimization. Our next Introduction to the Fashion Blogging Business Short Course starts in August.

Read Liga’s full blog post over on Marble Avenues.