Gray’s Short Courses

Gray’s Short Courses

Whether you are interested in a 40 hour course or shorter workshops over 4 days, a weekend or a day, we have a diverse range of subjects and opportunities to choose from.

The Gray’s School of Art Short Course programme caters for more than 700 part-time students each year and continues to build in strength and popularity. Creative enthusiasts, portfolio builders, teachers, students, practising and professional artists all participate to form a thriving artistic hub of personal creative development and exchange.

Courses reflect the diverse disciplines offered at degree level and provide you with the opportunity to develop your art and design portfolio or new skills and gain confidence in your creative practice.

Our winter 40 hour short course provision is delivered over two semesters from October to March with the exception of Portfolio which commences earlier in September. Shorter workshops (known as Short Course EXTRA) run from April to August. Early enrolment is advised as courses attract a high number of applicants.

Whatever your level of experience, we offer excellent support, facilities and course content to keep your fine art or design study moving forward. 


Bookbinding

Creative Bookbinding (Foundation)

Creative Bookbinding

Short Course - Foundation

A day's introduction to creative bookbinding with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Ceramics

Ceramic Study | Advanced

Ceramic Study

Short Course - Advanced

Advanced Ceramic Study is a course which you, regardless of your years of experience, will always learn something new and progressive to your personal ceramic skills and development.

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Ceramics (Foundation)

Ceramics

Short Course - Foundation

This course will provide hands-on experience of a range of making techniques.

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Ceramics: Option 1 - Plaster Casting, Glazing and Multiples

Ceramics Option 1: Plaster Casting, Glazing and Multiples

Short Course - Intermediate

Mould making is the process used to duplicate three dimensional models or objects.

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Ceramics Option 2: Slips, Colour and Glazes | Intermediate

Ceramics Option 2: Slips, Colour and Glazes

Short Course - Intermediate

You will be able to develop your skills in ceramic technologies and production techniques.

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Ceramics School - Option One: Pottery Wheel Throwing - 4 Day (Foundation | Intermediate  EXTRA)

Ceramics School Option One: Pottery Wheel Throwing

Short Course - Foundation | Intermediate EXTRA - 4 Day

This course will provide an excellent opportunity to practice throwing and will also cover turning, decorating and applying handles/lids.

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Ceramics School - Option Two: Mould Making and Casting Techniques - 4 Day (Foundation | Intermediate)

Ceramics School Option Two: Mould Making and Casting Techniques

Short Course - Foundation | Intermediate EXTRA - 4 Day

This will provide an excellent opportunity to practice model and mould making in plaster, while also covering slipcasting and press moulding techniques.

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Ceramics: Raku Pottery

Ceramics: Raku Pottery

Short Course - Foundation | Intermediate

If you've ever been at Gray's whilst RAKU firing is happening you'll be familiar with that inviting smokey smell that draws on everyone's curiosity.

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Glazing (Foundation EXTRA)

Glazing

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Have you been to one of our pottery wheel throwing courses, or simply have work that you would like to glaze? Join us for a morning in the Ceramics Workshop to access facilities, materials and have skilled tuition on hand.

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Porcelain Paperclay and Print Techniques - Ceramic Houses & Tea Light Holders (Foundation EXTRA)

Porcelain Paperclay and Print Techniques - Ceramic Houses & Tea Light Holders

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Have you ever wanted to create work with porcelain?

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Pottery Wheel Throwing (Foundation EXTRA)

Pottery Wheel Throwing

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Whether you have always wanted to have a go or have experience and would just like the time to practice, this class is for everyone.

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Drawing

Drawing | Foundation

Drawing

Short Course - Foundation

This course introduces you to basic drawing skills.

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Drawing Colour: Application and Composition | Intermediate

Drawing Colour: Application and Composition

Short Course - Intermediate

Drawing Colour will expand your knowledge of colour and build your confidence and skills in its application.

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Drawing Development | Intermediate

Drawing Development

Short Course - Intermediate

This course is for students who wish to practice and develop personal confidence in drawing.

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Figurative Study (Advanced)

Figurative Study

Short Course - Advanced

The Advanced Figurative course will provide you (regardless of your years of experience) with the chance to learn something new and progress your personal observational drawing/painting skills and development.

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Figure Drawing | Foundation and Intermediate

Figure Drawing

Short Course - Foundation and Intermediate

This course focuses on the practice of observational drawing of human anatomy directly from a life model, antique casts and skeleton.

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Figure in Clay - 4 Day (Foundation EXTRA)

Figure in Clay

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day

An opportunity to develop a traditional clay sculpture from a life model.

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Figure Drawing School - 4 Day (All levels EXTRA)

Figure School

Short Course - All levels EXTRA - 4 Day

An opportunity to spend 4 days of concentrated study, working from the human form in the drawing studios of Gray’s School of Art.

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Location Painting School

Location Painting School

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us for an inspirational 4 day course in location painting and meet like-minded creative students.

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Mixed Media Drawing | Intermediate

Mixed Media Drawing

Short Course - Intermediate

This course explores experimental drawing techniques through the application of a variety of mixed media art materials, techniques and supports - ideal for portfolio building.

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Portrait Painting School

Portrait Painting School

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us in the studios of Gray's School of Art to concentrate on 4 days of portrait painting.

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Portraiture | Drawing and Painting | Foundation | EXTRA

Portraiture: Drawing and Painting

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

A weekend introduction to portrait drawing and painting with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Drawing Weekend Life Study (All levels | EXTRA)

Weekend Life Study

Short Course - All levels EXTRA

An opportunity to spend a weekend of concentrated study, working from the human form in the drawing studios of Gray’s School of Art.

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Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay | All levels EXTRA

Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay

Short Course - All levels EXTRA

An opportunity to spend a weekend of concentrated study, sculpting a head in clay from a life model.

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Fashion

Fashion (Foundation)

Fashion

Short course - Foundation

The main aims of this course are to explore basic sewing and pattern cutting techniques.

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Fashion (Intermediate)

Fashion

Short Course - Intermediate

The course will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of the garment design process through textile and technical knowledge, research and development, pattern making/adaptation, construction and presentation.

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Fashion Accessories: Bag Making (Foundation)

Fashion Accessories - Bag Making

Short Course - Foundation

This course will offer you the opportunity to learn pattern cutting and sewing construction techniques that are fundamental to the design process.

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Glass

Glass Fusing and Slumping - 1 day (Foundation EXTRA)

Glass Fusing and Slumping

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 1 Day

A day's introduction to glass fusing with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Glass Fusing and Slumping (Foundation | 24hr | Extra-G2

Glass Fusing and Slumping

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Days

Learn glass fusing and slumping with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Glass Fusing and Slumping (Foundation)

Glass Fusing and Slumping

Short Course - Foundation

This course will introduce you to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional glass tools and equipment.

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Glass Fusing and Slumping Intermediate

Glass Fusing and Slumping

Short Course - Intermediate

This course offers you the opportunity to further explore the processes you have previously used which include mould making, fusing and slumping.

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Jewellery

Jewellery and Silversmithing | Advanced

Jewellery and Silversmithing

Short Course - Advanced

During this Jewellery degree you will have the opportunity to explore a number of metal forming techniques including an introduction to fold forming and anti-clastic raising, creating form using the fly press, raising/sinking small bowls, forging and spoon making.

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Jewellery: Make a Copper Pendant (Foundation EXTRA)

Jewellery: Make a Copper Pendant

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

This Jewellery course will allow you to spend the day making a copper pendant in the jewellery workshop of Gray's School of Art, with an experienced tutor on hand.

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jewellery degree

Jewellery: Option 1 Chainmaking, Soldering and Pattern Transfer

Short Course - Foundation

Working exclusively in metal, this Jewellery degree will introduce you to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional jewellery tools and equipment.

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Jewellery: Option 1 Cuttlefish Casting, Fly Press, Fold-Forming and Stone Setting

Jewellery: Option 1 Cuttlefish Casting, Fly Press, Fold-Forming and Stone Setting

Short Course - Intermediate

This Jewellery degree will allow you to explore the plasticity of metal by moving, stretching, stamping, texturing or forming.

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Jewellery: Option 2 Alternative Materials, Cold Joining and Riveting | Foundation

Jewellery: Option 2 Alternative Materials, Cold Joining and Riveting

Short Course - Foundation

Working in metals and alternative materials such as perspex, wood and leather this jewellery degree will introduce you to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional jewellery tools and equipment.

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Jewellery: Option 2 Wax Carving, Casting and Stone Setting | Intermediate

Jewellery: Option 2 Wax Carving, Casting and Stone Setting

Short Course - Intermediate

This jewellery degree will offer an opportunity to learn and develop an intermediate level of wax carving, casting and stone setting.

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Kilt Making

Kilt Making Level 1 (Intermediate)

Kilt Making Level 1

Short Course - Intermediate

This course offers you the opportunity to learn the craft of traditional menswear kilt making.

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Kilt Making Level 2 (Intermediate)

Kilt Making Level 2

Short Course - Intermediate

This course offers you the opportunity to continue to develop the craft of traditional menswear kilt making.

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Painting

Location Painting | Foundation & Intermediate

Location Painting

Short Course - Foundation & Intermediate

This course is designed to develop drawing and painting skills through location and studio based set projects.

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Location Painting School

Location Painting School

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us for an inspirational 4 day course in location painting and meet like-minded creative students.

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Painting | Advanced

Painting

Short Course - Advanced

This course is designed to develop your individual creativity and direction, with some taught projects.

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Painting | Foundation

Painting

Short Course - Foundation

This course is sympathetic to the needs of those just beginning to discover and develop their interest in painting.

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Painting | Intermediate

Painting

Short Course - Intermediate

A course of set projects designed to enhance and develop your skills and technique in painting.

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Painting Connect | Online Foundation & Intermediate)

Painting Connect

Short Course - Online Foundation & Intermediate

Our ONLINE course is an opportunity for you to complete a programme of home-based study.

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Portrait Painting School

Portrait Painting School

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us in the studios of Gray's School of Art to concentrate on 4 days of portrait painting.

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Portraiture | Drawing and Painting | Foundation | EXTRA

Portraiture: Drawing and Painting

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

A weekend introduction to portrait drawing and painting with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Photography

Photography-(Advanced_40hr)

Photography

Short Course - Advanced

Enhance your creative skills and understanding of the camera through studio and location photography via personalised projects.

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Photography | Foundation

Photography

Short Course - Foundation

This course uses black and white film to teach the basic principles of photography and the SLR camera.

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Photography | Intermediate

Photography

Short Course - Intermediate

Expand your creative skills and understanding of the camera through both studio and location photography.

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Photography – Alternative Processes | Advanced

Photography – Alternative Processes

Short Course - Advanced

This course provides an exploration of a variety of alternative photographic processes.

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Pinhole Photography | All Levels | EXTRA

Pinhole Photography

Short Course - All Levels EXTRA

Are you curious about pinhole photography?

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Shoot a Film / Make a Print

Shoot a Film / Make a Print

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Want to spend a day in the photographic darkroom? Shoot a black and white film and develop it all in one day!

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Portfolio

Portfolio Building | Foundation

Portfolio Building

Short Course - Foundation

This course is specifically tailored to provide guidance and instruction on preparing a portfolio for application to full time Art and Design courses.

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Portfolio Building - Portfolio Plus (Foundation)

Portfolio Plus

Short Course - Foundation

This course is specifically tailored to provide guidance and instruction on preparing a portfolio for application to full time Art and Design courses.

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Printmaking

Letterpress Printmaking | Foundation | EXTRA

Letterpress Printmaking

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Letterpress is unique and different from standard printing formats that we are currently used to.

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Printed Textiles (Foundation)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Foundation

This course is aimed at complete beginners to fabric printing and offers you the opportunity to explore a range of screen printing processes and fabric manipulation including pigment printing, metallic foils, Devore, and Discharge printing methods.

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Printed Textiles (Foundation EXTRA)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us in the Textile Screen Print Workshop and Dye Room of Gray's School of Art for a day's introduction to Printed Textiles.

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Printed Textiles (Intermediate)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Intermediate

The course offers you the opportunity to further explore the processes you have previously used which include Devore, Procion and Discharge printing methods.

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Printmaking | Foundation

Printmaking

Short Course - Foundation

This course will cover basic processes in Relief and Intaglio Printmaking, including monoprinting, linocut, collagraph, drypoint and hard-ground etching.

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Printmaking | Intermediate

Printmaking

Short course - Intermediate

This course allows you to explore more fully an expanded range of intaglio applications within copper plate/ steel plate etching and drypoint.

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Printmaking School - Linocut - 4 day (Foundation EXTRA)

Printmaking School - Linocut

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day

A Short Course Extra opportunity to spend 4 days learning linocut printmaking with Ade Adesina.

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Printmaking Study | Advanced

Printmaking Study

Short Course - Advanced

This course is recommended if you have prior knowledge and practice of printmaking and want to further develop your own projects and skills.

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Sculpture

Figure in Clay - 4 Day (Foundation EXTRA)

Figure in Clay

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day

An opportunity to develop a traditional clay sculpture from a life model.

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Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay | All levels EXTRA

Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay

Short Course - All levels EXTRA

An opportunity to spend a weekend of concentrated study, sculpting a head in clay from a life model.

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Textiles

Experimental Machine Embroidery

Experimental Machine Embroidery

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

A day's introduction to free machine and hand embroidery in the Dry Textile Workshop of Gray's School of Art.

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Beginners - Experimental Machine Knitting (Foundation EXTRA)

Experimental Machine Knitting

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA 1 Day

Ever wanted to learn about experimental machine knitting with an experienced tutor on hand?

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Experimental Machine Knitting (Foundation EXTRA)

Experimental Machine Knitting

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA 4 Days

Learn the art of experimental machine knitting with an experienced tutor on hand.

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Hand and Machine Embroidery

Hand and Machine Embroidery

Short Course - Foundation

This course is aimed at complete beginners to hand and machine embroidery.

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Printed Textiles (Foundation)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Foundation

This course is aimed at complete beginners to fabric printing and offers you the opportunity to explore a range of screen printing processes and fabric manipulation including pigment printing, metallic foils, Devore, and Discharge printing methods.

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Printed Textiles (Foundation EXTRA)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Join us in the Textile Screen Print Workshop and Dye Room of Gray's School of Art for a day's introduction to Printed Textiles.

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Printed Textiles (Intermediate)

Printed Textiles

Short Course - Intermediate

The course offers you the opportunity to further explore the processes you have previously used which include Devore, Procion and Discharge printing methods.

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Printed Textiles School - Make your own lampshade

Printed Textiles School: Make your own lampshade

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Spend four days at Gray's School of Art creating your own striking designs for a lampshade.

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Hand and Machine Embroidery

Upholstery

Short Course - Foundation

This course is aimed at complete beginners to upholstery who wish to learn the basics of upholstery.

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Upholstery: Make a Footstall

Upholstery: Make a Footstall

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Ever wanted to upholster your own footstall? Join us at Gray's School of Art with highly experienced upholster to guide you.

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Young Artist

Young Artists Summer School 11-16 years | Foundation | EXTRA

Young Artists Summer School 11-16 years

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Time to get our young artists creative!

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Young Artists Summer School 5-10 years | Foundation | EXTRA

Young Artists Summer School 5-10 years

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA

Time to get our young artists creative!

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Young Artists Workshop  8 -10yrs (Foundation)

Young Artists Workshop 8 -10 years

Short Course - Foundation

Time to get our young artists creative!

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Young Artists Workshop 11-13yrs (Foundation)

Young Artists Workshop 11 -13 years

Short Course - Foundation

Time to get our young artists creative!

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Young Artists Workshop 14-16yrs (Foundation)

Young Artists Workshop 14-16 years

Short Course - Foundation

Time to get our young artists creative!

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Young Artists Workshop 5 -7yrs (Foundation)

Young Artists Workshop 5 -7 years

Short Course - Foundation

Time to get our young artists creative!

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