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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. The age limit for participants is 15+

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

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´s Faculty of Design and Art (located at the campus of the University of West Bohemia, Univerzitní 28, Pilsen) or in the open air. Tuition takes place Monday to Friday usually 8 teaching hours 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.

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.

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.

We are working on the list of coures for ArtCamp 2015.

In the meantime, please refer to the list of courses that took place in 2014 below.

The courses will take place in the weeks marked with ✓
Click here for annotations of the courses offered only in Czech language.


Course Language 7. - 11.7. 14. - 18.7. 21. - 25.7. Max. no of participants Tuition fee

Animation Art cz, eng 10 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Architecture cz, eng ✓  20 2690 CZK / 112 EUR

Design cz ✓  15 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Design / preparation for entrance exams cz 15 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Toy Design eng 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Interior Design cz ✓  20 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Furniture Design cz, eng 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Shoe Design / preparation for entrance exams cz ✓  15 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Light Design cz, eng 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR 

Digital Photography / open air - landscape cz, eng 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Digital Photography / open air - architecture cz  ✓ 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR 

Digital Photography / basics cz 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR 

Figure Drawing / preparation for entrance exams cz 30 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Flash cz 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR 

Graphic Design and Poster cz, de 20 3490 CZK / 146 EUR

Printmaking Techniques / Moku Hanga eng 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Illustration / preparation for entrance exams cz 20 2690 CZK / 112 EUR

Ceramic Design / preparation for entrance exams cz, eng ✓  15 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

Book Binding cz, eng  ✓ 15 3490 CZK / 146 EUR 

Mixed Media Collage eng 15 2690 CZK / 112 EUR

Comics cz  ✓ 15 3690 CZK / 154 EUR 

Drawing / open air cz, eng 20 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Drawing and Painting / open air eng 20 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Drawing and the Mokulito technique eng 20 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Lithography cz, eng 8 4490 CZK / 188 EUR

Logo and Visual Identity cz, de 20 3490 CZK / 146 EUR

Painting / preparation for entrance exams cz  ✓ 20 2690 CZK / 112 EUR

Paper Mache Painting cz, eng 15 3490 CZK / 146 EUR

Clay Modelling / preparation for entrance exams cz, eng  ✓ 20 3990 CZK / 167 EUR

New Media cz, eng  ✓ 15 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Rhinoceros / 3D Modelling cz ✓  15 3490 CZK / 146 EUR

Serigraphy cz, eng ✓  8 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Jewellery Design / jewellery-making techniques cz  ✓ 15 4490 CZK / 188 EUR

Jewellery Design / Making Connections eng ✓  15 4490 CZK / 188 EUR

Jewellery Design / advanced  cz, eng  ✓  10 4490 CZK / 188 EUR 

Body, Movement, Dance cz, eng ✓  20 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Video Making cz  ✓ 10 3690 CZK / 154 EUR

Computer Game Design cz, eng 15 2990 CZK / 125 EUR

Introduction to Graphic Techniques cz ✓  10 2990 CZK / 125 EUR


animation art

course leader /  MgA. Vojtěch Domlátil
language / Czech, English

topic / Animated film

The participants of this one-week course will learn the principles and procedures of making an animated film. Working in teams they will experience all the professions that are necessary in the process of making an animated film – writing a script, creating puppets and settings, working with lights, animating and shooting the film scenes.  In the end they will edit the material and add sound and effects. The work of each team will result in a short animated film.

  • script writing, dramaturgy, puppets and settings
  • preparation of film setting, lights, direction and camera
  • animation
  • editing, post-production, sound, rendering


course leader / Mgr. Ing. arch. Petr Klíma
language / Czech, English

topic / Architecture - history, theory, design

This course will focus on historical, theoretical and practical aspects of architecture (and urban planning). Lectures and discussions will cover the analysis of contemporary architectural issues, as well as the overlap of architecture with liberal arts and visual studies. The course will provide introduction to the processes and principles of designing, from the initial commission to the actual construction. Part of the lectures will be devoted to building typology, construction categories and the basics of architectural engineering. The participants will subsequently use this knowledge and skill to work on elementary practical architectural assignments (using traditional techniques or digital technologies).

Note: International participants will get handouts for the theoretical part of this course.

toy design

course leader /  Marco Ginoulhiac, University of Porto, Portugal
language / English

The main purpose of the Toy Design course is to develop skills of the participants in toy comprehension, conception, design and manufacturing.

The opening lectures will explain the importance and complexity of toy design through the most meaningful toys of the 19th and 20th centuries. The conceptual framework around the definition of childhood and the consumption of toys will be discussed as well. During these classes, Ladislav Sutnar’s toys will have a main relevance because of the significance of the author and their graphic and formal quality.  

The practical part of the course will challenge the participants to design a toy through several possible creative processes. Starting with a conceptual idea (toys as a reproduction of a part of society), physical experience (toys as sensorial artifact), shapes or colors (toys as a visual experience), materials, rules or mechanisms (toys as an intellectual experience), ages or customers profiles, participants will develop a toy using different techniques. During this period toy examples will be presented in order to explain each category of designing method.

The designing process will start with representation of the idea through handmade sketches and models. After that, a prototype will be produced in wood, foam, cardboard, or other material, depending on the toy’s features. In this phase manufacturing problems will be discussed concerning market and customers in order to understand how to approach production and selling operations.
Finally, the prototypes will be completed with a packaging design and, where necessary, an instruction manual (two aspects that sometimes are as important as the toy itself).

The course is suitable for participants with at least basic background in artistic techniques and designing skills in order to achieve a comprehensive artifacts representation and a good prototype production.

furniture design

course leader /  MgA. Jaroslav Kyselý
language /  Czech, English

The Furniture design course will introduce its participants to the detailed process of furniture development from initial ideas to the final designs presented in the form of sketches, models, 3D visualizations etc. depending on individual skills of the participants.

The participants will gain practical knowledge and learn important principles in furniture design. The course also includes seminars focused on materials, ergonomics and basic technologies in design.

  • introduction to the history and terminology of the field
  • seminars on materials and technologies
  • sketching and development of concepts based on given topics
  • working with modern ergonomic principles
  • model making  

Note: International participants will get handouts for the theoretical part of this course.

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.

digital photography / open air - landscape

course leader / Vojtěch Aubrecht
language / Czech, English

topic / Formulation of landscape

Landscape offers an exceptionally wide range of interpretations in photography. "Calendar concept" is just one of many options.  Personal poetic testimony, impersonal document, abstract art, playful experiment, plain concept - all this and much more can lay behind landscape photography.

This open air photography course aims to explore the possibilities of photography within this field. In addition to technical skills, emphasis will be put on creative solutions and individual expression.  Inspiration and motifs can be found in Pilsen suburbs, open landscape, architecture, civilization elements in landscape, figure in landscape etc.  The participants will focus both on impulsive, intuitive shots and on coherent, analytical photography. They will work with composition of non-standard photography formats, such as square and panorama. The participants will also aim to intensify the message of their photographs by creating diptychs, triptychs and photographic series.

Attention will be paid to adequate methods of presentation - the final print size, material, surface finish, editing / post-production, installation methods etc.

The course will help its participants to deepen their technical knowledge, develop their own individual artistic language, leave orthodox photographic concepts and gain inspiration for their own original work.

The principles discussed in the course are in essence universal and applicable to most photographic genres.
The participants should bring their digital camera with the possibility of manual setting and a tripod. Laptop with Adobe Photoshop is recommended.

graphic design and poster

course leader / doc. akad. mal. František Steker
language / Czech, German

This course is offered in Czech and German language – please find its annotation in German here.

printmaking techniques / moku hanga

course leader / prof. Tomasz Kawełczyk,  Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland
language /  English

topic / Moku-Hanga – traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking
The participants will get basic knowledge and practice in a very traditional Japanese color woodblock printmaking technique: Moku-Hanga. Each participant will realize an individual and original artwork while exploring the whole process of water-based printmaking:  transfering picture on woodblock, cutting matrix, mixing colors and printing.

Moku-Hanga is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre; however, it was also used very widely for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type, but was only widely adopted in Japan surprisingly late, during the Edo period (1603-1867). Although similar to woodcut in western printmaking in some regards, the moku hanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes, and transparency.

The participants need to bring their finished painting projects – paintings on paper made in any watercolor technique (acrylic, watercolor, tempera, gouache etc.). Minimum size 15 x 20 cm, maximum size 30 x 20 cm. These paintings will be used for the Moku Hanga technique.

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.

This year´s topic is a teapot – the participants will design and make a functional teapot and possibly also other parts of a tea set. Their work will result in an original porcelain piece which will be tested during the final tea party.

book binding

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.

drawing / open air

course leader / doc. akad. mal. Jiří Kornatovský
language / Czech, English

topic / Drawing beyond time

The course focuses on the spiritual aspects of artwork. It is not about shallow game with materials, it is about discovering the secrets between microcosm and macrocosm. It is about the relation between the internal and the external, about seeking one´s own identity through realization of one´s artistic intent - through self-reflecting experience of working in a group and in confrontation with isolation and individual perception of one´s relationship with the timeless and the universal.

The course and the work itself will take place in a selected unusual and inspiring object in the city of Pilsen. The work of each participant will result in a drawing or a series of drawings.

drawing and painting / open air

course leader / Prof. Dr. Wieslaw Karolak, Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland
language / English

topic /  Our place – space and place  

This open air drawing and painting course will focus on depicting the architectonic elements and atmosphere of urban places which are at the same time very important from the human communication point of view – such as squares, boulevards, parks, yards etc. The participants will focus not only on the places themselves but also on the human behavior and its cultural heritage in those places (both in the literal meaning and metaphorically speaking).

“Today, it seems that it is important to realize that space is somehow original and earlier than place. Something that was space at the beginning becomes place thanks to cognition and valuating. We give meaning to the space and change it into place. It is said that man is defined by everyday places - with family (at home), at work, at church. A man is born to the world and searches for a homeland in it, builds a house, plants a tree, establishes a cemetery for his ancestors.  A place comes into being as a result of agreement between man and space. A relation between man and the Earth is the best described by a picture of man developing on the Earth.     

Today we can observe that a nomadic identity is born, an identity of man that is not attached to a place. An identity of man that is more oriented on space than place. An identity resulting in continuous searching, defined by “not-place” that needs no identity. In hyperspaces each “place” (or maybe it is “not-place”) has the same parameters (supermarkets, airports, banks, petrol stations) and its users are deprived of any cultural references.     

The main idea is to develop individual personality, realize it, develop creativity and strengthen responsibility of being a member of the society and support overcoming life problems. The thing is to establish conditions towards self-consciousness and self-realization, conditions towards developing abilities of valuating and becoming valuable.”
Wieslaw Karolak

drawing and the mokulito technique

course leader / prof. Pawel Frackiewicz, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wroclaw, Poland
language / English

topic / The Catharsis of The Eye

This drawing course is brought to you in cooperation with the 9th International Biennial of Drawing Pilsen 2014. The course will also introduce its participants into the japanese wood lithography technique - Mokulito.

„Every person standing in front of a sheet of paper with an intention to draw, should have a good reason for doing so. Thoughtless drawing is forbidden. A reason can also be hope of finding such a reason in the course of drawing. I regard drawing as a kind of intellectual expression, a kind of language which the author, artist uses to communicate with a viewer and the world. Therefore it seems natural to take care about the hygiene, comprehensibility, clarity and readability of intentions. Reception is of particular importance. Therefore particular care must be given to ensuring that reception is compatible with the author's intentions. The ABCs of a professional. All activities, symptoms of drawing activity, regardless of their style or form, will be treated most seriously. I will try to equip participants with a need for an order and a feeling that rules exist, but also with great love for following intuition and improvisation – as if some kind of order was a safeguarding magic charm enabling moving around in the magical world of art.“
Pawel Frackiewicz

Mokulito – hand printed wood lithography
Wood lithography is a relatively new technique which originated in Japan in 1970s. A new feature is the use of plywood in place of lithographic stone and the ability to perform without the aid of large print presses, using only hands and even feet in the printing process.

The participants will learn solid craftsmanship of drawing and mokulito step by step (preparing the wood block, etching, printing). Regardless of stylistcs or subjects matter, a drawing, a print or combination of both should be executed technically flawlessly, with a clear focus on intention - author's intention. This approach will become a value which allows the participants to change almost any idea into the subject matter of a drawing or print, circumventing the obstacle which lack of manual skills could pose. Technical craftsmanship will be also a crucial, useful element while creating from imagination.

mixed media collage

course leader / John Humphries, Miami University, Ohio, USA
language / English

Collage as one of the typical technical and expressive means in the 20th century art is often used not only in fine arts but also in music, literature, theatre or film. The course will introduce its participants to the history and development of this technique which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when it was used e.g. by Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque.

The course aims to stir up the participants´ creativity through combining various techniques to develop medium sized to large collages. The participants will create a series of collages using drawing and painting in combination with found or provided pictures, photographs, objects, materials etc. Being used as part of the collage these objects gain new significance and meaning just like the collage itself. Besides exploring new ways of expression the participants will also work with composition, surface layout and shape conception.

lithography / advanced

course leader / doc. akad. mal. Mikoláš Axmann
language / Czech, English

The participants of this course will deepen their knowledge and skills in the field of traditional lithography.  The course respects the individual level of experience of each participant and balances it with the wide range of technical possibilities of lithography. The participants will be led to intensive work with lithographic stone which includes preparation of the matrix, realization of a drawing and the printing process. They will print using both machines and alternative methods. Their work will result in limited editions of experimental prints, they will experience direct printing in historical conditioins and they will try large-format printing using the Krause machine. The practical excercises will be complemented with lectures and video-projections from the history of the field.

The lithography studio at the Faculty of Art and Design 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. At least one piece of each set of prints will be kept for the ArtCamp archive, the participants will keep the rest of their prints.

logo and visual identity

course leader / Jan Pelc
language / Czech, German

This course is offered in Czech and German language – please find its annotation in German here.

paper mache painting

course leader / Mgr.A. Mira Antonović
language / Czech, English

The course will introduce its participants to the principles of work with paper mache and to the unusual technique of paper mache painting. The participants will first learn how to make paper mache from recycled paper. They will dye it while it is still liquid and use it to paint on a porous surface. Their work will result in a paper mache painting which can also include inlays such as letters or other shapes. Through this unusual method the participants will discover new possibilities of self-expression in art and they will be encouraged to find unconventional ways of addressing a given topic and creating their artwork.

clay modelling / preparation for entrance exams

course leader / MgA. Luděk Míšek
language / Czech, English

The course is suitable not only for those who wish to prepare for their talent entrance exams but also for anybody interested in clay modelling techniques regardless their previous experience.

Using sculpting clay, the participants will model 3D compositions, natural objects and reliefs. More experienced participants will focus on life-size portrait sculpture. They will concentrate on the right representation of size, shape and proportions of the modelled object. At the end of the course they will learn how to prepare a plaster mould and then make a cast in plaster.

new media

course leader / doc. akad. mal. Vladimír Merta
language / Czech, English

The course is designed for all participants interested in new possibilities and forms of artistic expression. It is especially suitable for those who wish to prepare for their studies of New Media at art schools.

The participants will create their artwork in the interior, in the city and in the nature (the course includes trips around Pilsen and its surroundings). They will document their work for the final presentation and they will create an artist portfolio.

The course also offers insight in the history and development of fine arts in the 20th and 21st century from the New Media point of view (Conceptual tendencies, Action Art, Land Art, Installation, Electronic media, Environment Art, Information technology etc.).

The participants will learn the basic principles of creating an artwork through practical exercises.

  • developing a concept based on a given topic
  • choice of a suitable medium
  • project (drawing, text)
  • realization
  • presentation
  • documentation
  • assembly of artist portfolio


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.

jewellery design / advanced

course leader / doc. M.A. Petr Vogel, Sandra Gross (glass artist, USA), guest: Susan Ewing, Miami University, Ohio, USA
language / Czech, English

topic / Light and Shadow

The course is open for students and graduates of Bachelor and Master art programmes with advanced knowledge of jewellery making techniques.

Addressing the topic of light and shadow, transparency and opacity in relation to the body and the ways of seeing, the participants of this course will work with glass, metal, plastic, perspex and other media to explore them as materials, not outcomes. To conceal and reveal, the students will use the unique properties of these materials to design and make wearable objects. Their work will result in a set of designs, some of the designs will be realized.


jewellery design / making connections

course leader / Samantha Skelton, Miami University, Ohio, USA
language / English

topic / Making Connections

This class will present numerous approaches to fabricating design ideas. Using copper and brass sheeting, perspex, wires, mesh, plastic, paper, colored pencils, wood, fiber, found and alternative materials and objects, students will design and create a wide variety of jewelry. Basic material will be available, participants are encouraged to bring a variety of their own collected treasures to use during the week.

The lecturer will present traditional approaches to connecting materials with both cold connections and soldering, and also offer low-tech approaches to jewellery design and incorporate fiber, wood, paper and plastic related techniques to the construction and design of jewellery.  

We will discuss and see examples of traditional metalsmithing and talk about how jewellery has been used and worn historically in comparison to new and found materials and their conceptual implications. We will discuss design, content and creative approaches and explore how all of these possibilities can lead to the connection of meaning in your work.


body, movement, dance

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

topic / Dance = space + time + movement

This course is suitable for anybody who likes to move and who would like to discover new possibilities of movement in connection with the elements of space, time and motion quality.

The course will introduce its participants into the basic dance principles and possibilities of expression through  the art of dancing. Through the basic principles of space – time – movement and 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 dance principles: space – time-movement.


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 game designers, considering the type of game and the selected game genre. The participants will work on practical exercises which will lead them through the proces of designing layout, characters, costumes and objects in logical order from the initial sketching and brainstorming, through layout illustration and storyboard to the final design.

  • 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
  • preparation of the final presentation





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