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artcamp / courses 2018

ArtCamp courses are suitable as preparation for entrance exams and studies at art universities but they are also designed for the general public interested in fine arts and design.

Depending on their focus and interest, ArtCamp participants can choose suitable courses and create a personalised schedule of their summer studies at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art.

Depending on the courses you choose you will be provided with necessary equipment and with basic materials. Before the beginning of your course you will be informed what other materials to bring.

The courses will be held in the studios of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art (located at the campus of the University of West Bohemia, Univerzitní 28, Pilsen) or in the open air. The courses focused on music composition and choral singing will take place at the Department of Music Culture of the Faculty of Education (Klatovska 51, Pilsen).

Tuition takes place Monday to Friday (musical courses include weekend) usually 8 teaching hours (45 mins each) a day (tuition and individual work):

09 a.m. - 12 p.m. / work
12 p.m. - 01 p.m. / lunch break
01 p.m. - 04 p.m. / work

These times may vary depending on the particular course plan. Most of the courses include home preparation. Some courses include work in the evening (e.g. at cultural events).



Each Friday afternoon (2 – 3 p.m.) a short presentation of the results of work will take place in the studios. After this presentation the successful participants will receive their Certificate of Attendance. In order to receive your certificate, you need to attend your course regularly, work actively and fulfil all given assignments.

Please pay special attention to the language of tuition to see what courses are open to international participants.

In case the course offers tuition in two languages both of them will be spoken if there is a mixed group of Czech and international participants. Small groups of international participants usually get individual attention in English.

cz - Czech language
en - English language
sk - Slovak language
de - German language

In the following list the courses without indication of level of experience in their title or description are suitable for any level of experience thanks to individual approach to the students and tuition in small groups.

ArtCamp 2018

The schedule of courses for ArtCamp 2018, which will take place 9 - 27 July, will be available by March 9th 2018. It will again include traditional and also new courses including those led by Czech and international visiting artists.

 Before the new schedule is ready, please find below the course descriptions for courses which took place in 2017 as many of them will be on the list of courses for 2018:

Art Therapy

course leader / prof. Dr. Wieslaw Karolak, W. Strzeminsky Academy of Fine Arts Lodz, Poland
language / English

This practical course is suitable for artists and university level art students.

The course will introduce its participants into the principles and methods in art therapy through a series of practical exercises in various techniques (drawing, painting, collage) and through the analysis of the creative process and its results. Art therapy will be considered from two perspectives: „art as therapy“ and „art in therapy“. The theoretical background and the practical examples and exercises with the elements of art therapy followed by their analysis will help the participants to understand the principles of this discipline. Based on the creative process and the resulting artwork they will learn how to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. This new experience will broaden their perspective, bring new impulses for their own creative work and help their personal growth.

Computer Game Design

course leader / MgA. Ing. Václav Šlajch

language / Czech, English

The course will introduce its participants into the principles of work of computer gamedesigners, considering the type of game and the selected game genre. The participants willwork on practical exercises  which will lead them through the proces of designing layout,characters, costumes and objects in logical order from the initial sketching andbrainstorming, through layout illustration and storyboard to the final design. The course isbased on hand-drawn sketches and designs without use of computers.- basic types of computer games and team brainstorming- selection of game genre and appropriate methods of work- sketching, layout- designing the setting, characters, costumes, objects- storyboard to the opening and final animation- final designs, promotional artwork, final presentation

Fashion Accesories Design

course leader / MgA. Alena Zendeková
language / Slovak, English

The participants will go through the whole process of designing fashion accessories from initial sketches to the final product. They will get familiar with current trends in the field and they will learn how to work with them. Using this knowledge they will create their own designs – their work will include sketching, model making and creating a small purse or a handbag.

-    current trends in fashion design with focus on accessories design, examples of work of renowned designers, studying fashion magazines about fashion shows, fairs, Fashion Weeks etc.

-    introduction to stylized drawing of fashion accessories

-    principles of working with leather, basic technology of sewing and gluing

-    designing a purse/handbag: sketching, model making and creating the final product and its photo documentation

-    creating portfolio and preparation for final presentation

Light Design

course leader / MgA. Jan Morávek
language / Czech, English

topic / Solaris / Light and Space

The course focuses on work with light in a given space – the participants will create individual designs of space modellation by light, supplemented with a video, animated or static projection reacting on a given music motive. Then they will make a team and connect the individual works in one final installation. At the end of the course there will be a final presentation of the space re-modelled with light, creating a new illusional dimension which evokes emotions in the spectators.


Jewellery Design / advanced

course leader /  prof. Karol Weisslechner, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, SK / doc. MgA. Petr Vogel, Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
language / Czech, English, Slovak, German

Topic / Butterfly

The course is open to students and graduates of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts fields of study with advanced knowledge of jewellery-making techniques. The course consists in designing author jewellery/objects.

A butterfly is and has always been a symbol. It carries the magic of metamorphosis, of love and the untouchable but also the notion of night, death and elusiveness. It is also a symbol of spiritual transformation and rebirth. The butterfly carries a wide range of meanings and it has been part of the history of many cultures. It is often employed in jewellery design, especially in commercial production.
The particpants of the course will focus on designing jewellery and objects based on an intensive study of butterflies as a natural phenomenon which has been part of the jewellery design history and has inspired many designers in history and today.They will be inspired by its shape, movement, fragility and by the many meanings it carries. They will not only concentrate on the intellectual and artistic side of the topic but also on the quality of workmanship, on conscious work with materials and with various means of expression.

Digital Photography

course leader / prof. Mgr. Štěpán Grygar
language / Czech, English

Topic / City Landscape

The course led by a renowned Czech photographer aims to develop the creativity of the participants, enhance their skills in conceptual work with photography and their ability to do a critical analysis of their own work and place it in the wider context of contemporary art.
The theoretical part of the course will focus on various approaches of contemporary photography based on visual and conceptual traditions. It will include lectures on contemporary art and photography and also an analysis and evaluation of student portfolios. The analysis of the particular concepts preceding work on a project will enable comparision of various approaches in relation to contemporary photography.
The practical part of the course focusing on the topic of City Landscape will include selection of locations, lighting, compositional and technical approaches corresponding to the character of the particular project. The work will result in a photographic series, a publication or a folding book reflecting the given topic. If necessary, the course will include lessons on technology of processing a digital or analogue image from exponometry to the resulting photography, structure and composition of an image etc. The final photographs will be selected individually, based of the approach chosen for the particular project. From narration, the ability to create a visual story, to conceptual approach, or the effort to suppress visuality and enhance the text part or connection with other media.

Figure Drawing / preparation for entrance exams

course leader / MgA. Mgr. Pavel Trnka

language / Czech, English

The course focuses on life-size nude model drawing, it helps to develop the shape register and improve the drawing skills of the participants who will be introduced to several drawing techniques. The participants will learn to depict the figure in the right proportions, they will learn the principles of perspective and the basics of anatomy. At the beginning of the course they will learn how to simplify the complex anatomic structure of a figure into geometric shapes as well as the methods of foreshortening. Part of the course will be devoted to drawing of anatomic details and to the role of light and shadow in figure drawing. The participants will be also able to give their own personal artistic touch to the realistic figure drawing.

Drawing supports one´s ability to perceive, it helps to develop one´s thinking and creativity. Therefore this course is strongly recommended as part of preparation for talent entrance exams and university studies of art.


Music composition

course leader / Doc. Mgr. MgA. Jiří Bezděk, Ph.D.  
language / Czech, English, German

Please note that the course takes place 8 – 14 July 2017

The course focused on modern music composition will deepen the knowledge and skills of the participants in the field of composition of classical music. It is suitable both for beginners and advanced composers. The course includes individual lessons and consultations of the concrete works developed by the participants and lectures on the theory of modern composing. The participants will work on their own musical projects with the aim to create compositions which will be presented to the public at the end of the course.

The participants should have at least basic experience with music composition and be capable of notation of their creations (ideally with use of any notation software). When composing music for vocals, the participants should bring the text they wish to musicalize (not longer than 1 A4 page, ideally a poem with rhymes).

Jiří Bezděk is a respected teacher of music composition and a leading contemporary Czech composer. He works as the head of the Department of Musical Culturer at the Faculty of Education of the University of West Bohemia and he teaches music composition at the Pilsen Conservatory.

Illustration / preparation for entrance exams

course leader / akad. mal. Renáta Fučíková
language / Czech, English
topic / Didactic and Book Illustration

The course aims primarily at prospective students of illustration at art universities who can use it as preparation for entrance exams.

-    consultation of student portfolios – please bring your portfolio with you
-    principles and rules of illustration, examples of student work, works of Czech and international illustrators
-    lectures and projections followed by discussions:
the role of didactic illustration in current literature for children and youth
the underestimated middle stream in book illustration
individual experience with myth illustration
-    illustration exercises focused on non-fiction literature (history, biology, geography
-    non-fiction comics


course leader / Ali Boozari, illustrator, Iran
language / English

Working with a renowned Iranian illustrator Ali Boozari, the participants will get familiar with the history of Persian illustration and with current Iranian illustration. They will see examples of Mr. Boozari´s  artwork before making their own sketches and illustrations for the well-known story „The Little Red Riding Hood“. Next, they will study several printmaking techniques (such as linocut, monoprint and monotype) and use them to develop their illustrations. There will be discussions about the student work every day. The  participants will also see examples of illustrations by various artists to the same story.


course leader / Hiroko Matsushita, illustrator, Japan
language / English

topic / Advanced illustration inspired by Japanese paper techniques

Working with an experienced Japanese artist and illustrator Ms Hiroko Matsushita the participants will learn several Japanese and non-Japanese paper fold/cut techniques. They will deepen their understanding of the material in order to apply their illustration skills to a new three-dimensional expression. They will combine their illustrations with the  paper engineering techniques they learn thoughout the week to create objects, book-art and other 3D forms.  

-    introduction to paper in Japanese culture
-    Japanese folding techniques and other cut/fold craft techniques
-    dualistic storytelling
-    combination of illustration with paper engineering techniques

This course requires some illustration skills and is suitable for the people who want  to explore alternative techniques beyond pictorial illustration.

Ceramic Design / preparation for entrance exams

course leader / MgA. Gabriel Vach
language / Czech, English

The course provides introduction to work with porcelain, its particularities, specifics and limitations. It is suitable for anybody interested in designing, making and decorating porcelain products, especially for students who want to prepare for their talent entrance exams.

The participants will go through the whole process of creating a new porcelain shape, i.e. from sketch to the final product. They will try the basic techniques of work with porcelain including several decorating techniques.


course leader / MgA. Mgr. Petra Soukupová
language / Czech, English

The course will introduce its participants into special bookbinding terminology, materials and tools. According to their individual skills and experience they will work on basic or experimental types of bookbinding including:
•    flat-back case binding
•    various methods of paper decorating
•    preparation of folios and text blocks
•    book cover
•    gluing text blocks into the book cover
Advanced participants are offered to work under individual supervision on their own project resulting in an author´s book.


course leader / doc. M. A. Barbara Šalamounová (de), MgA. Marie Kohoutová (cz)
language / Czech, German

Please note that this course is offered in Czech an German language.

The participants will learn about comics and its history, its basic principles (image frames, text bubbles, relation between image and text, story and its structure) and elements (words, images, the story, the hero, the point). They will also find out what kinds of comics there are and what techniques can be used when telling stories in images.

Using images and text the participants will practice their ability to tell stories, they will test their drawing skills, their memory and fantasy. They will experience teamwork as well as individual work and create a set of comic stories which will be presented at the end of the course (they will bring home not only their original drawings but also printed material featuring their work). They will also see examples of works created by the students and teachers of the Comics and Illustration for Children studio at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art.

Please bring a short story of your choice written in German and featuring max. 2 - 3 characters.


course leader / MgA. Mgr. Bedřich Kocman
language / Czech, English

The course will introduce its participants into the principles and methods of traditional lithography.  Based on their individual skills and level of experience they will create limited editions of experimental prints.

-    history of the field, terminology, tools and materials used in lithography
-    preparation of a lithographic stone - grinding and graining
-    drawing on a lithographic stone
-    possibilities and technologies of printing and lithography registration
-    printing on fabric and other materials
-    printing with lithographic machines and exploring alternative printing methods

The lithography studio at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art is very unique especially for its focus on traditional methods of printing in a number of formats including extreme size of lithographic stone 90 x 120 cm, various ways of printing without machines, printing on a variety of materials, combination of lithography with serigraphy, photography and other methods. The course participants will be able to include these methods of work in their individual study plan depending on their focus and previous practical experience.

Logo and Visual Identity

course leader / doc. MgA. Kristýna Fišerová
language / Czech, English

-    logo, its distinguishing and functional criteria, its semantic and aesthetic role
-    corporate identity and its basic elements (logo, logotype, typography, colours, images, orientation systems)
-    graphic manual and implementation of corporate design


New Media

course leader / MgA. Anežka Hošková
language / Czech, English

topic / Audiovisual Subcultures – interconnecting music and visual art

The course is suitable for participants interested in audio-visual art: artists who interconnect fine art and music in their work and anybody else who gets inspired by the specific aesthetics and interesting music.

The participants will bring their own laptop.

The participants will get familiar with the activities of the well-known promoter team A.M.180. These activities include primarily exhibitions, curator and promoter work – organization of concerts of Czech and international alternative bands. They will learn about the development of the DIY /do it yourself/ culture in connection with the visual identity of music bands and the Creepy Teepee festival. They will understand the principles of making MC, CD and LP covers, web pages, banners, posters, leaflets and merchandise for such events. The lecturer will introduce the concept of a Collab Band Sketch Book. The course will also deal with the issue of subcultures and offer an authentic experience with DJing.

The practical part of the course consists in creating drawings and collages for a funzine and a Collab Sketch Book. The participants will also work with the Virtual DJ program and try mixing music and designing a visual style for a band. The course will also include screening of a document about Daniel Johnston and live show of a guest music band.  At the end of the course the participants will do their own DJ performance and present the funzines, Collab Sketch Books and covers created during the course.

New Circus

course leader / Jiřina Adamková, Žongléros Ansámbl, Pilsen
language / Czech, English

The course is open for physically fit participants who are interested in the possibilities of expression through their own bodies and who would like to get a first hand experience with selected disciplines of new circus.

The course will show the participants how to use their own bodies as artistic tools and it will bring new inspiration for their future creative work. It aims at participants who like to move and it enables them to explore the crossing points of different artistic disciplines. The participants will first try selected disciplines of new circus such as aerial silks, hoops or trapeze acrobatics, couple acrobatics, juggling, hooping and others. While trying out these disciplies they will decide which one they would like to focus on in the second part of the course which will consist in developing a collective performance of all the course participants. This work will enable them to apply their own artistic skills and search for their own ways of expression. They will also get familiar with various techniques of physical theatre, improvisation and stage movement. The course will result in a final public performance.

Principles of Contemporary Dance

course leader / MgA. Kateřina Bednářová
language / Czech, English

topic / Dance = space + time + shape + movement

This course is suitable for anybody who likes to move and who would like to discover new possibilities of movement through the techniques of contemporary dance.

The technique of contemporary dance employs the knowledge of human body and its functions based on scientific research (anatomy, physiology, kineziology, biomechanics) and on the body-mind awareness systems. It also uses some of the new principles based on the American postmodern experimental dance from the 60s and 70s. Some of those principles are used in modern dance as well. However, there is a shift of perception of some of them, especially of the need for an effective functioning of a humand body in movement.

The course will introduce its participants into the basic dance principles and possibilities of expression through  the art of dancing. Through improvising exercises they will become aware of their bodies, they will test their physical possibilities and improve their technical capability. At the same time, they will find and develop  their own ways of expression through movement.

The course will result in dance compositions based on improvisations on given topics focused on the basic principles of contemporary dance. There will be a public performance at the end of the course.

Science fiction design for film

course leader / Chris Rosewarne, Great Britain

language /  English

Emmy nominated film industry concept artist Chris Rosewarne will demonstrate his
workflow used in recent projects such as “Star Wars VIII”, “Spectre” and
“Guardians Of The Galaxy”. Participants will learn how to rapidly create a bold
design in Photoshop before moving into a 3D modelling program to build and
render, then covering techniques in Photoshop to create a cinematic presentation
visual. Chris specialises in sci-fi mechanical/robotics as well as architectural
environment design, participants will choose one of the two to focus on in the
course, the goal being to generate a stunning cinematic visual that is used in film
production environments.
- sketching techniques
- Photoshop drawing and painting techniques
- orthogonal designing for speed
- 3D modeling in SketchUp (or any software the student prefers to use)
- rendering in Keyshot (or any software the student prefers to use)
- using photo textures in Photoshop
- the use of cinematic lighting to enhance drama
- digital painting techniques
The participants should have at least basic knowledge of Photoshop, previous experience with 3D modelling will be useful too. They will bring their own laptops with Photoshop ( + mouse or tablet) and  SketchUp or SketchUp Make program (download: http://www.sketchup.com/download/all), or any other program they prefer to use. There is a PC lab available with the Adobe software.


course leader / MgA. Mgr. Bedřich Kocman

language / Czech, English

The course is designed for participants who wish to gain or enhance their experince with different methods of printing through a stencil.

The participants will learn the basic division of graphic disciplines. We will talk about the characteristics of serigraphy and screen printing compared to other graphic technologies and we will explore in detail the basic principles of printing through a screen. The participants will be introduced to various tools and materials used in serigraphy as well as different printing techniques and they will be able to try everything in practice. The aim of this course is to enable the participants to experience the widest possible spectrum of technological processes from the very simplest ones to the technologically demanding ones.

Through this practical experience the participants will get to know different ways of graphic expression in the field of serigraphy.


Choral singing

course leader / Mgr. Vít Aschenbrenner, Ph.D., Mgr. et Mgr. Romana Feiferlíková, Ph.D., Department of Music Culture, Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia
language / Czech, English

Please note that the course takes place 8 – 14 July 2017

The course is suitable for participants with previous experience in choral singing who are interested in deepening their skills and experience with interpretation of so called old music. They will study the 18th century sacred music drawn from the archives of the South-West Bohemia – e.g. music by Brixi, Link and others. The participants will receive the repertoir one month in advace to study their parts. The course work will consist in collective rehearsals as well as individual voice training for each singer. The course will result in a recorded evening concert.


course leader / Kurt van der Basch, Canada
language / English

Led by an experienced film artist who has drawn storyboards and concept art for numerous Hollywood movies such as Star Wars ep VII, Cloud Atlas, and the Illustionist. Participants will learn the basics of film storyboarding by examining existing storyboard sequences and film clips and with practical drawing exercises based on script segments. These principles are applicable in various fields of art, such as film production, advertising, animation, comics production,  etc. The participants will also develop their production drawing skills and the ability to express ideas and moods with fast, clear drawing techniques.

The course will cover:
- storyboard principles and terminology including the basic kinds of shots
- how shot choices and camera angles/movement can cause different emotional reactions to the viewers
- practical examples, analysis of film sequences, discussions
- tranformation of a written script into a storyboard
- the creation of a shot list, chronology of a story, working with the scenes and characters
- drawing and illustration for production:
          - creating a ground plan (pudorys) to explain camera locations
          - drawing with minimal reference
          - quick  head and figure drawing
          - various kinds of perspective
          - image composition for creating mood

Participants are encouraged to bring script samples written themselves (or others) to be used in the course.

Video Making

course leader / MgA. Lukáš Kellner
language / Czech, English

topic / Video – from an idea to a movie

The particpants of this course should have at least basic knowledge of operating a camera/DLSR device and working with video editing programs.

-    introduction into video making – different approaches to shooting a video, video making methods, video editing programs
-    theoretical and practical introduction to the film making equipment
-    working in teams on practical assignments – each member of the team tries different disciplines connected to the fil making proces (direction, camera, sound, editing, script and working in front of the camera)
-    free video / videoart, report, interview, event
-    introduction into advanced video editing methods – efects keyframes / coloration / adobe dynamic link
-    editing, export and presentation of the resulting videos


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