Designing websites for visual artists with WordPress: stage 1
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: CWVA01
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a hands-on course aimed at any visual artist who wants to get their work online: to use it both as a publishing and marketing platform. The course is aimed at enabling visual artists to make a portfolio website using the popular framework WordPress. It does not involve any coding or using speciality software, but rather using WordPress themes to set up and customise the look and feel of the site. It aims at giving artists the tools to create their own presence online, and the confidence to maintain and decide both the content and appearance of their site.
Since WordPress is freely available online, you should be able to work from home outside the lesson, and to keep updating their site after the course is over. You will be able to build an online portfolio, styling it using available and free themes, create pages and menus, and update the site afterward.
What will we cover?
- Setting up a WordPress portfolio site
- Selecting a theme and styling your site
- Adding media such as photos and videos
- Editing and updating text
- Creating links
- Linking to an online shop.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise the different uses and benefits of a blog and a website for visual artists
- Access your own site in WordPress, and select and modify themes
- Add pages and upload media
- Add links to your website relevant to your arts practice
- Manage and make changes to your site.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner's class, but you will need to be computer literate at a basic level, including being able to use the internet with confidence.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need an active email account that you can access during the lesson to activate your WordPress.com account.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
George graduated with a degree in Art,Design and Media and soon after became interested in the burgeoning web design industry. He started learning HTML and associated web design skills and later worked for design agencies and as a freelance designer on a variety of projects ranging from large corporations to small businesses. After dipping his toe into the teaching pool, George found he really enjoyed sharing his skills with others and helping them to achieve their goals and has been teaching for Visual Arts at City Lit since 2012. The thing he enjoys most about teaching at City Lit is the wide range of interesting people he meets at work.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.