Learning should be enriching, fun and challenging. It should open your eyes to how to improve but also surprise with new ways of approaching materials and creative solutions. This section encourages learners to extend their research skills and knowledge of art and design in order to generate ideas, which can be taken into current projects. Activities will provide opportunities to stretch practical skills and challenge thinking.
Advance your practical hands on skills through inventive and student friendly activities.
Whether you want to get a head start before your course starts, want to add something to your project portfolio at school or college, or just want to take risks and step out of your comfort zone, Practical Skills has lots of resources to help you develop further and faster. Articles have useful explanations, examples of practice by other students and introduction to the skills to make it easy. There are some really clever ideas covering everything from turning your own space into a functional studio, to canvas stretching, from mark-making, to making the most of sketchbooks.
The beauty of computers is that you can undo and redo whenever you want. You don’t have to be afraid when experimenting and trying something new. This resource looks at how computers can help students doing practical work like illustration, painting and other specialisms.Read more.
Painting is one of the bedrocks of art and design. Learning about the potential of what paint can do can open many doors to expressing yourself. This resource looks at ways you can develop your understanding of the kinds of marks and textures you can use to help express ...Read more.
During your studies you will have a lot of thoughts about your work and your progress. Thinking about your learning and artwork is really important and it is just as important to make sure these get evidenced in your sketchbook. This is a resource which looks at creative ways ...Read more.
Critical Skills includes discussion, critique, analysis, research, assessment, evaluation and reflection. Without thinking about the world and art, you can’t move forward.
Critical skills are essential in art and design, whether it is making having heated discussions about relevant topics, making important evaluative decisions, analysing the world around you or assessing the quality of your own experiments and reflecting on your own progress. In this section you will find resources to help develop your intellectual and academic side along with ways to refine your focus and see yours and others’ work from a broader perspective.
Using audio and music in your productions can give a real edge. Moving image and great music work fantastically well. However, there are real restrictions on using audio made by other people. This resource explains some of the legalities of working with music and sound effects.Read more.
Just the thought of writing an essay will put a lot of students off. However, analysing work using this kind of academic format has lots of advantages that other kinds of analysis can’t offer. Moreover, Universities will really value a lengthy piece of writing in your portfolio.Read more.
Independent learning or “homework” is a normal expectation on any course. Some people like working independently, others find it really difficult. This resource is here to help you try and understand that it is a skill like any other.Read more.
Love it or loath it, we believe technology is a great tool. Embracing it can bring a whole new world to your art and design education and career.
With so many new kinds of hardware and software available, we thought it would be useful to see how they can help you. Some can directly impact on what you make, others will help you present your work in sophisticated ways. There is also technology that can help you with certain kinds of learning, such as researching or documenting your progress. Many programs cost money, but there are increasingly free versions that offer alternatives and friendly methods of production. This section explores technology within all areas of art and design.
Typography is a wonderful art form. It can easily be as creative and experimental as any other art form like collage or painting. This resource looks at different technologies available to help you on your typographic journey.Read more.
If you are an art and design student new to computers then you may want to look at some of these tips to help you get the most out of them.Read more.
Google Sketchup is a free, yet powerful 3D design tool. Whether you are on a general art course or more specialist area, you can use Sketchup to visualise your ideas. It can also be used for ideas generation and exploring 3D possibilities in a quick and simple way.Read more.