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
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|
course leader / MgA. Vojtěch Domlátil
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.
course leader / Mgr. Ing. arch. Petr Klíma
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).
course leader / Marco Ginoulhiac, University of Porto, Portugal
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.
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.
course leader / MgA. Jaroslav Kyselý
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.
Note: International participants will get handouts for the theoretical part of this course.
course leader / MgA. Jan Morávek
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
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.
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.
graphic design and poster
course leader / doc. akad. mal. František Steker
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
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
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.
course leader / MgA. Mgr. Petra Soukupová
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
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
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).
drawing and the mokulito technique
course leader / prof. Pawel Frackiewicz, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wroclaw, Poland
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.“
Mokulito – hand printed wood lithography
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
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
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
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
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
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.
course leader / doc. akad. mal. Vladimír Merta
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 participants will learn the basic principles of creating an artwork through practical exercises.
course leader / MgA. Mgr. Bedřich Kocman
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
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
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
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.
computer game design
course leader / MgA. Ing. Václav Šlajch
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.