Carving in stone

Course Dates: 30/04/20 - 16/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Belinda Edwards

Get inspired by stone carving, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers, this course will explore the characteristics of stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, and encourage you to explore and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.


What is the course about?

Explore the tradition of stone carving, from the initial conception of ideas and developing a design, through to carving techniques and creating a full sculpture in limestone. Those with no sculptural experience will be led through the process stage by stage. Those with more experience will be encouraged to stretch their ideas, reflect on how to improve their designs and given the opportunity to try more experimental techniques.

What will we cover?

The initial parts of the course will focus on understanding the characteristics of stone as a material, and you will be introduced to the work of many sculptors, both contemporary and historical. Time will then be spent making several maquettes (small models) in an easily-carvable material, or modelled in clay or plasticine, before embarking on a piece in stone. Along with techniques of chiselling, you will also be made aware of possibilities for splitting and bolting stone and incorporating other materials or objects. These techniques will be taught and explored as your carving progresses. We will also cover safe working practice and tool maintenance.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- develop ideas for carvings by making maquettes
- demonstrate an understanding of basic carving techniques
- demonstrate some knowledge of stone sculpture, both historical and contemporary
- demonstrate knowledge as to how to maintain tools.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced carvers.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through demonstrations, practical activities, group discussions and individual tuition.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic tools and equipment are provided and up to a £15 block of stone is included within the course fee. Larger blocks of stone are available and the difference can be purchased at cost price. You must wear stout shoes for protection against accidental droppages.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The City Lit sculpture department offers a whole selection of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced and develop a range of techniques. You may like to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course which 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' and prop making. Please ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website or prospectus for inspiration.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VU820

Thu, eve, 30 Apr - 16 Jul '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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