City Lit ceramics portfolio
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)
Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.
Term dates :
11th Jan - 29th March
19th April - 12th July.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VR711
Duration: 44 sessions (over 26 weeks)
What is the course about?
This ceramics portfolio course combines the tuition of ceramics and drawing techniques, alongside an encouragement to develop personal ideas. This will enable you to build up a diverse body of work to apply for further education. Working on set projects, you learn a broad variety of 2D and 3D techniques which encourage the development of personal thought and expression.
This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
What will we cover?
Projects in 2D and 3D are divided as follows: in term one and two the ceramics classes are taught on Wednesdays and drawing is taught on Thursdays. Students will be making work to fulfil project briefs.
In ceramics classes, clay, glaze research, hand-building, mould making, throwing and firing processes and techniques are taught and used to complete the projects. Some written research will be undertaken to underpin the
practical studies. 2d studies with be integrated into ceramic projects where appropriate.
During the drawing days students are introduced to a wide range of projects that explore drawing through different
techniques, materials and concepts. This includes collage, painting, book-making, observational and life drawing.
Drawing will be looked at both as an art form and as an ally to other creative practices.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create a body of ceramic work which fulfils a personal approach to the given projects
- Create a personal portfolio of 2D work which shows an understanding of 2D techniques
- Use 2D studies to develop in 3D personal projects
- Show by various means an understanding of ceramic historical and contemporary issues
- Use clay and related materials creatively
- Show work in a course exhibition.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some knowledge of ceramics is necessary to apply for this course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and
safety information. You will need to be able to read a range of written materials and write short pieces of text. You
should also 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 by demonstrations, group discussions and informal friendly critiques, one to one tuition, visual information, handouts and slide shows.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided. 2D and 3D materials may be required at different stages of the course. Tools are available within the department for use but you may want to purchase your own. Your tutor will advise you which tools to purchase. There is a charge for porcelain which is £20.00 per bag/ £10.00 per half bag. Ensure that you bring with you a suitable pair of closed shoes, e.g. not open toed sandals.
You will be expected to show good workshop practice and follow health and safety guidelines.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is seen as a pathway to other advanced ceramic courses.
Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course - VR710, or the Diploma Course in Ceramics -VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
There are a variety of ceramic classes during the day and evening. See the course guide for further details.
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.