Courses 2018 - Camden Art Centre

Browse over the history of courses held at Camden Art Centre in 2018

Clay for 5-7s

Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 February, 10.30am – 1.00pm

This course offered children the opportunity to discover the varied properties of clay, working with the material in its different forms as liquid, solid and powder. Participants will focus on hand building and coiling techniques in order to create objects in response to themes from the exhibition A Continuous Becoming by Giorgio Griffa.

Participants worked with specialist clay tools and other everyday materials to creatively consider rhythm, gesture and sequence through decorative techniques including imprinting and mark making. Final works will be glazed and fired in our on-site kilns. All materials are provided and there will be a showcase of artworks on the last day for friends and family to attend.

Emily Stapleton Jefferis led this course. Emily was studying for an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She is interested in the language of materials and the craft techniques used and practised in order to manipulate them. Emily has worked in China, Vietnam and Ethiopia; she recently completed a residency at Künstlerhaus Stadttöpferei Neumünster, Germany

The Artists

Children’s Art Club: Kinetic Art for 8-11

Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 August, 10am – 3.30pm
Led by Joe Rogers (AKA Colourbox Studio) and Natalie Zervou


This four-day course offered children the opportunity to work with two artists across the Galleries and Studios at Camden Arts Centre, using a wide range of materials and techniques to playfully consider and create their own kinetic artworks.


In the Ceramics Studio, participants experimented with clay to consider colour, movement and kinetic sculpture, working across a variety of ceramic techniques including feathering, marbling and stippling to create hanging mobiles. Final works will be glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.


In the Drawing Studio, participants continued to develop their ideas, working with sound, photography and drawing to create large scale immersive installation works. All materials are provided and there will be an open studio exhibition of artworks on the last day for friends and family to attend.

Summer Short Course: Ceramics - Slip Casting

Sunday 5, 12 & 19 August
10.30am – 4.30pm

During this three-day course participants will gain an in-depth understanding of slip casting techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to create functional ceramic works which will be decorated and fired in our onsite kilns.

Week 1:
Participants will produce moulds in which to cast their works, such as a mug, vase, bowl, plate or jug.

Week 2:
Using the moulds made in the first week, participants will then slip cast pottery ware which they will have the opportunity to decorate using a range of slips and underglazes.

Week 3:
Participants will be taught how to glaze the work they’ve made during this course using a selection of dipping and brushing glazing techniques.

This course is suitable for those looking to develop their ceramics skills through working on a focused project. No previous ceramics experience is necessary. All materials are provided.

Sevak Zargarian will lead this course. Sevak is a London based ceramic designer maker working from his garden studio, with an aim to create beautiful objects for the home. A graduate from Central Saint Martins and shortlisted for the Homes & Gardens Young Designer Award 2015, Sevak has a passion for material exploration

Summer Short Course: Painting the Everyday World

Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 August
10.30am – 4.30pm

Finding subject matter for paintings and drawings from everyday objects, details of environments and the colour in our surroundings, participants will work intensively over two consecutive days, creating works that explore colour, light and dark, composition and layering.

Taking inspiration from Peter Fraser’s colour photography exhibition, participants are invited to use the surroundings at Camden Arts Centre, including access to the Galleries, Studios and Garden, to explore their chosen subject matter through experimental drawings and paintings in acrylic, gouache and watercolour.

This course is suitable for all levels and abilities. All materials are provided.

Matthew Krishanu will lead this course. Matthew graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and regularly leads workshops in painting and drawing. Four of Matthew’s paintings have recently been acquired by the Arts Council Collection.

The Artists

Joe Rogers (AKA Colourbox Studio)

Natalie Zervou

Sevak Zargarian

Emily Stapleton Jefferis