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Intensive Photography

27th June to 1st July, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Ever wanted to know everything about operating a digital camera, composing and editing your images but just didn’t have the time? Then this intensive course is for you.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of this course you will have an understanding of:

  • The controls and menus on your camera
  • Shooting in manual and creative modes
  • Optimum Image quality
  • Lenses
  • Using Flash
  • Setting up and using studio lights
  • The workflow from camera to web or print
  • Introductory use of Photoshop to edit and save your images

You will be required to bring a digital SLR or compact digital camera with manual controls, memory stick, card reader, note pad and pen.

You are also welcome to bring any accessories including filters, flash, and lenses.

Suitable from beginners through to those with more experience who may be looking to develop ideas and projects

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Photographing London

4th July to 8th July, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

This is an opportunity to visit some of London’s most iconic locations whilst learning how to shoot creatively with your digital camera. You will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will tutor you as you shoot.

The course will begin in class with an overview and discussion of different styles of location and street photography to whet your appetite, along with the legal dos and don’ts of shooting in London.   

The main body of the course will involve shooting on location with a return to class for editing and enhancement using Photoshop.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have shot a diverse collection of images from some of London’s top destinations.
  • Understand how to use some of your camera’s manual controls to obtain creative results. 
  • Understand the use of tripods and filters on location.
  • Have edited and optimised your images for print and web using Photoshop.

You will be required to bring a digital SLR or compact digital camera with manual controls, memory stick, card reader, note pad and pen along. You will also be required to pay for travel on public transport.  

Suitable from beginners through to those with more experience who may be looking to develop ideas and projects

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Introduction to Photoshop

11th July to 15th July, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

The course is designed for students new to image editing or those who need to refresh or develop or their skills further. The teaching is specifically aimed at using Photoshop for editing photographs.

The course will cover the interface, work flow, image adjustments, non destructive editing, resolution and file formats.

Students attending the full summer programme will be working on images taken whilst on the photography courses at Blake College. 

Students who have their own laptops and software are encouraged to bring them to the class. 

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of this course you will have an understanding of:

  • Using raw files versus JPEG's
  • Adobe Camera Raw
  • Bridge as an image browser
  • The primary tools in the toolbox
  • Colour adjustments and correcting colour casts
  • Layers and layer masks
  • Using selections to help with editing specific areas of an image
  • Adjustment layers for correcting colour, contrast and exposure
  • Removing imperfections in photographs
  • Non destructive editing of images
  • Converting images to black and white
  • The histogram in relation to image adjustments
  • Resizing an image and adding a border
  • Image resolution, size and pixel dimensions
  • File compression
  • Appropriate formats for print and web 

Suitable from beginners through to those with more experience who may be looking to develop ideas and projects

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Portrait Photography

18th July to 22nd July, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

This course covers all aspects of portrait photography, from environmental/street photography to carefully composed studio portraits. You will learn how to control available light as well as how to create your own, while learning ideas on how to get the best possible picture of your subject.

The Studio Lighting element of the course is held at Holborn Studios, London N1. This is a professional studio complex used by some of the world’s leading photographers.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of this course you will have taken portraits using daylight, camera-mounted flash and full studio lighting, and learned post-capture techniques to edit, retouch and store your final images.

This course is aimed for beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers alike. No prior studio experience is necessary although a basic understanding of exposure and how to operate your camera is required.

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Analogue (Film) Photography & Darkroom Skills

25th July to 29th July, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Our Analogue Photography and Darkroom course is held at Holborn Studios, London N1. This is a professional studio complex utilised by some of the world’s leading photographers, where a darkroom and teaching facility have recently been installed.

This course is for all those interested in learning the craft of black and white film photography.  Previous analogue experience is not necessary, and we will provide a 35mm SLR camera and film, which you can use if you do not have your own. (We are also able to process and print 120 film should you prefer).

By the end of this course you will have learned to use a film camera, develop black & white film and make silver bromide prints in the darkroom, as well as gaining an appreciation of the historical significance of analogue photography. 

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

A basic understanding of exposure, combining shutter speed and lens aperture, is useful but not essential.

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Make Your Own Graphic Novel / Comic

1st August to 5th August, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Do you like to create your own comics? Do you have an idea for a Graphic Novel but don’t know where to start? Are you an illustrator or artist who wants to turn your hand at visual storytelling? Perhaps you are simply a fan of narrative art and want to know more…

Whether you already have an idea in mind or simply want to explore the world of sequential art, this short summer course could be just what you are looking for.

By exploring a number of different techniques and approaches, Authorial Illustrator, Juliet Sugg will help you investigating areas such as storytelling, character development, relationships between text and image, sequence, layout, composition, how to create and draw from a script and how to make your own zines/comics

Through practical, fun workshops you will be lead through a variety of illustrative approaches, learning how to create stories and develop your own visual styles. By the end of the five day course you will have made a dummy zine of your own and gain a real understanding of how to generate and flesh out ideas for graphic novels and comics.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

What will be covered over this course?

  • Storytelling
  • Making Zines/Comics and Mini Books
  • How to develop ideas and bring them to life
  • How to write for visual stories
  • Character Development
  • Relationships between text and image
  • Sequence and pace in Narrative Art
  • Design, Layout, Composition
  • Exploration of various graphic techniques and developing your style
  • How to get over the blank page fear

Are you a writer not a drawer? Perhaps you are a team looking to develop a project together? If so this course is welcome to you too!

Suitable from beginners through to those with more experience who may be looking to develop ideas and projects.

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Children's Book Illustration

August 8th to August 12th, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Whether you already have an idea in mind or simply want to explore the world of children’s book illustration, this short, summer course could be just what you are looking for.

By exploring a number of different techniques and media, Authorial Illustrator, Juliet Sugg will help you investigating areas such as storytelling, character development, relationships between text and image, sequence, layout, composition and book design whilst helping you to develop your personal, visual style.

Through practical, fun workshops you will be lead through a variety of illustrative approaches as well as learning how to create stories. By the end of the one week course you will have completed a children’s book dummy and have gained real insight into this specialised world.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

What will be covered over this course?

  • Storytelling
  • How to develop ideas
  • Varieties of illustrative techniques and approaches
  • Character Development
  • Relationships between text and image
  • Sequence in storytelling
  • Design, Layout, Composition
  • Developing your personal style
  • How to get over the blank page fear

Are you a writer not a drawer? Perhaps you are a team looking to develop a project together? If so this course is welcome to you too!

Suitable from beginners through to those with more experience who may be looking to develop ideas and projects

To find out more email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here

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Interior Decorating & Styling

1st August to 5th August, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

The course will provide an introductory insight into decorating and styling interior spaces. Students will be presented with the different areas concerning decorating residential interior and will be encourage to test different ideas and style preferences.

Students will be presented with methods and skills used in decorating residential spaces which will be backed up by up to date and relevant examples and trends. They will be set a mini project(s) by which they will be encourage interpreting a brief and developing the concept.

They will be able to identify the different aspects of interior decorating  and practice it during the session. Students will decide which mini brief they would like to work on, based on their personal preferences and personal requirements/future plans.

By the end of this course student will understand the key elements involved in decorating and styling residential interior. They will have the confidence to successfully plan a scheme to decorate residential interior and how to identify and take the necessary steps to create the decorative style that answer specific brief.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

The following topics will be covered during this course:

  • Basic design principles: (symmetry and balance, scale and proportion)
  • Different interior styles
  • Wall and floor finishes
  • Colour, textures and patterns
  • Furniture layout
  • Lighting
  • Soft furnishing
  • Accessories
  • Concept board/sample board preparation

Anyone with a passion for interiors should take this course. The course will give students the knowledge and tips of how to implement their ideas into a real project. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in interior decorating, who may like to try their hand at renovation at some point in the future.

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here.

 

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Introduction to Web Design

15th August to 19th August, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Do you want to make a start with Web Design?

Teaching you Web Design from scratch, getting you comfortable with CSS and HTML, you will learn how to translate visual ideas to the web. You will learn how to use images and text, create links and manage content. Good quality styling with CSS and correct semantics with HTML.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand and comfortably read HTML and CSS.
  • Create flexible layout ideas with CSS.
  • Compress and prepare mages for the web.
  • Understand and explore typography for the web.
  • Create a range of navigation and menu styles.
  • Include javascript plugins, eg - a slideshow.

This course is suitable for beginners and for those who wish to refresh their basic skills in Web Design. 

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here.

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Digital Graphic Design Practice

8th August to 12th August, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Get the primary in Digital Graphic Design.

Work through a series of short assignments to create portfolio grade work.

You will cover all major desktop applications Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, working with digital studio workflow.

Subjects covered all be image manipulation, branding, typography and icon design. The course is designed as a well rounded introduction to graphic design using digital tools and is suitable for anyone with little or no experience in the area.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use masks and selection tools in Photoshop to control and modify image.
  • Work with multiple image source to create composites and collage.
  • Photographic text effects.
  • Use Illustrator to create a logo.
  • Explore type manipulation in Illustrator.
  • Design icons and geometric artwork.
  • Work with layout grids in InDesign.
  • Use text and image in a range of layout scenarios.
  • Export and save files in a range of formats.

This course is suitable for beginners and for those who wish to refresh their basic skills in Digital Graphic Design. 

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here.

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Advanced Illustrator Techniques

22nd August to 26th August, 10am to 4pm

£450 inc VAT

Sharpen your illustration techniques with this in depth exploration of Illustrator tools and workflows.

Through a series of short exercises we will cover a range of stylistic approaches in digital illustration and the respective tools that allow that.

All classes at Blake College of Art & Design are kept to a small number, allowing space for genuine 1:1 tuition with the teacher and a friendly, relaxed environment.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use the pen tool with confidence and control.
  • Use gradients and textures and flat colours in combination.
  • Explore pattern tools and pattern design in the context of illustration.
  • Draw with brushes to achieve natural effects.
  • Create geometric artwork using the Pathfinder tool.
  • Explore 3D space and 3D effects.
  • Use gradients map and blend tools to further control shading and shape creation.
  • Work with effects and design own brushes.

This course is suitable for beginners and requires some familiarity with Illustrator. 

For more information email study@blake.ac.uk or to book online immediately click here