City Lit sculpture
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Course Code: VU841
Duration: 36 sessions (over 41 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is aimed at students with some previous experience of sculpture wishing to develop their own individual sculpture practice. It is a mixture of single and group projects, individual tutorials and group debate, together with time on your own to develop your practice. We will encourage you to consider the themes and ideas that influence your art; we will challenge your thinking and broaden your experience and expectations of sculpture. This course focuses on a contemporary approach to sculpture, and encourages independent and experimental work.
The course includes exhibiting your work in the City Lit gallery.
Course dates for 2023-2024:
Wednesday 4th October - Wednesday 13th December 2023
Wednesday 10th January - Wednesday 27th March 2024
Wednesday 17th April - Wednesday 10th July 2024.
What will we cover?
This course focuses on both the material and technical aspects of sculpture practice within an experimental and progressive framework. You will undertake a series of projects designed to inspire you on aesthetic, technical and theoretical levels, as well as introducing you to practical methods such as casting, construction and assemblage.
Strong emphasis is placed on developing a good working practice that will allow you to confidently research and develop your own innovative designs for sculpture. You will be introduced to a broad range of sculpture, both contemporary and historical, and you will be encouraged to experiment with material processes and develop three-dimensional sculptural form.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Develop ideas and concepts for your sculpture.
• Research, document and discuss contemporary and historical sculptural concepts.
• Criticise your own and others' work.
• Experiment with a range of materials and processes.
• Demonstrate safe and proper use of tools and materials.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at students with some previous experience of sculpture and/or a related art discipline.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and
safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and
able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will involve individual, group projects and crits, evolving over the year from tutored material processes in term 1 through thematic into open and freely interpretated self-directed personal projects. There will also be gallery visits and video lectures, as well as individual tutorials. Students are expected to work outside class times for specific projects and expected to keep up with current exhibitions in London.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A selection of equipment and tools is provided and basic materials are included in the course fee. You will need to provide any specialist materials and tools. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils.
You must wear sturdy shoes. Please also wear old working clothes or bring overalls.
Please be advised - Being near the plasma cutter while it is in use can be dangerous to anyone with pacemaker. If you have a pacemaker, for your own safety, it is not possible to be in the room when another student is using the plasma cutter. Please contact the sculpture department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before enrolling to discuss this further.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit sculpture department offers a wide range of exciting courses. After this course you may wish to join a course in a material or process you have tried before to develop your skills further, or try something completely different. We offer courses in prop making, metal, clay, wax, carving in stone and wood, mould making and casting in Jesmonite, or pewter and much more!
We are constantly adding new courses. Please ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website for
inspiration. It is also possible to contact our visual arts team by emailing email@example.com.
Andrew's practice extends across sculpture, drawing and printmaking, working with a diversity of materials and processes. He graduated from Cheltenham Art College in 1989, receiving his first public sculpture commission in his final year and subsequently developed a professional career including several public and museum based artworks, residencies and commissions. Later diversifying into product design, modelmaking and theatre/tv equiped him with a comprehensive skill base in making and 3d problem solving. Since establishing his studio practice in West London Andrew has concentrated on sculpture and bespoke design in metal merging modernist Euoropean and Japanese influences, whilst maintaining a commitment to advancing the practice of sculpture as an educator within the sculpture community. He is represented by NoonPowell Fine Art and examples of his wider practice can be on Axisweb.
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.