Carving in wood or stone
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This course aims to develop your understanding of sculpture through the medium of wood and stone carving. Whatever your previous experience, it will guide you in making models of your designs, transposing these to either material, and the skills of carving itself. You will develop a strong understanding of form and mass, learn about the work of other carvers, and produce beautiful carvings to take home with you and inspire your further work.
What will we cover?
There will be discussion with illustrations on various aspects of carved sculpture, to give focus for the term’s work. You will be encouraged to make clay or plasticine models (maquettes) of your ideas, before embarking on your carving. Your tutor will advise you on how to scale up your design onto the wood or stone, and will give you guidance on the use and care of carving tools throughout the course. Advice will also be offered on displaying completed sculptures, and appropriate oils and varnishes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- produce a suitable design in clay
- handle carving tools competently and safely
- carve from your own ideas.
- demonstrate an understanding of form and mass.
- appreciate the work of other carvers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all levels; from those who have no previous knowledge or experience of carving to those who have previously carved in wood or stone.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be group talks on issues concerning the whole class; otherwise teaching will be on an individual basis. There will be design projects set, for example, to sculpt a head, a naturalistic subject or an abstract theme, but you are also encouraged to bring sketchbooks with your own ideas for discussion with the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Tools are provided by City Lit, although you may wish to buy rifflers (very small files) for reaching detail. If you wish to buy a set of carving tools for yourself, you will be advised of suppliers during the course.
Up to a £15 block of stone or wood is included within the course fee. Larger blocks of stone or wood are available and the difference can be purchased at cost price.
Stout shoes must be worn in the sculpture studio at all times.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit sculpture department offers a range of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced as well as pick up a range of techniques. You may like to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course that helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice, or sign up to a short course specialising in a particular approach or skill - we offer everything from working in wire or plaster through to 'experimental sculpture'. Please ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website or prospectus for inspiration.
Alexandra Harley is a sculptor with an immersive engagement with materials working in Stratford, London. She began teaching woodcarving at City Lit in 1985 and has taught other materials including bronze, stone and life modelling. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000 and The London Group since 2017. She began studying sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Katherine Gilli and Glyn Williams and at St Martins School of Art under Tim Scott. Alexandra Harley has had several prestigious fellowships in Japan and the USA and was awarded the Brian Mercer Fellowship spending time in the Mariani Bronze Foundry, Italy, in 2016. Exhibitions include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open and the London Group Open; she has an extensive international CV and work in private collections. Her sculptures seek the capture of a fleeting moment and engage with the suspension of movement by fixing a physical interpretation of a brief and transitory fragment in time. With an internal energy pulsing through the complex constructions, her sculptures evade a single analysis.
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.