Carving & Modelling Courses

Get inspired by City Lit’s sculpture courses in the techniques of carving and modelling, which take place in our purpose built, well-equipped sculpture studio in the heart of London. On our carving courses, you will transform a piece of wood or stone into your 3-Dimential design, exploring the characteristics of each material. Our sculpture modelling courses include working in a wide range of materials including clay, wax, plaster and papier mâché.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner who wants to refresh or develop their skills and knowledge, our courses give you the opportunity to take your work to the next level. Our hands-on courses are taught by specialist tutors whose teaching is enriched by their own artistic practice. You will be fully supported through practical demonstrations to the group and one-to-one guidance, in a friendly and highly creative environment.

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  1. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  2. Introduction to carving in wood
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you're experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  3. Sculpture: inspired by Rodin
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    In City Lit’s sculpture studio try out selected techniques used by Rodin to create your own sculptures, inspired by the Rodin sculptures in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  4. Introduction to papier mâché
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Whether working on a stage set, a window display, or just making gifts for friends and family, Paper Mache remains one of the most cost effective and durable modelling materials around. From Venetian masks to decorative Japanese bowls, this medium has stood the test of time. The hardened consistency of Paper Mache makes it an ideal base for a number of exciting finishes and patinas. Replicate the finish of wood, metal, stone and more, to create a lighter and more portable version of sculptures, picture frames and jewellery.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Life figurative sculpture intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling



    techniques. Beginners are welcome on this intensive course.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00

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