Carving in wood or stone

Course Dates: 05/05/22 - 28/07/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Get inspired by trying carving techniques in wood or stone and create your own small carving. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead
you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.
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Course Code: VU820

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Full Thu, eve, 05 May - 28 Jul '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Explore the ancient art of wood or stone carving, from the initial conception of ideas and developing a design, through to carving techniques and creating a full sculpture. 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 wood and stone as materials, and uou 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 modelled material, before embarking on a piece in wood or stone. Carving 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 wood and stone sculpture, both historical and contemporary.
- Demonstrate knowledge of 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?

With advice from the tutor, you may choose a piece of wood or stone from our stock. The prices will vary depending on the type of wood or stone and its size.

Prices start from £6 (10cm x 10cm x 10cm)

Prices start from £16 (23cm x 15cm x 15cm)

Prices start from £69 (23cm x 15cm x 15cm)

Price starts from £15 (20cm x 20cm x 7.5cm)

All essential tools will be provided.

You must wear flat sturdy shoes with a closed toe. Please also wear old working clothes that you do not mind getting messy or bring overalls.

We also recommend that you bring a sketchbook/notebook and pencils to sketch and make notes. A camera is also useful to photograph your work.

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

The City Lit sculpture department offers a wide range of exciting courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced and learn a range of techniques. 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! You may wish to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course VU841, which helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice and culminates with an exhibition.

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, or calling 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

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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.