Clay sculpture: life and portrait

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.

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What is the course about?

A wonderful opportunity to work directly from a life model to observe the human form, study simple anatomy, and create a small sculpture in clay for firing at the end of the course. Suitable for all levels of experience, the sessions will concentrate on one pose giving you ample time to develop your observation and extend your skills; from manipulating the clay, to textural techniques, and how to prepare your work for firing.

What will we cover?

- Simple anatomy.
- Using clay effectively to create a small sculpture.
- Preparing the sculpture for firing.

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

- Use basic anatomical awareness to inform your sculpture.
- Manipulate clay.
- Use a variety of textural techniques to enhance your sculpture.
- Prepare a sculpture for the kiln.
- Appreciate the work of other sculptors who have worked from the life model.

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

All abilities welcome.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, for hand-outs and health and safety information, and to be prepared to take part in group discussion. 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?

You will mainly be taught on an individual basis, with some group discussion. The emphasis will be on practice with guidance.

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

All materials for the course are provided.

You must wear stout shoes in the sculpture studio.

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

The sculpture department offers a programme of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced as well as mastering a range of techniques. For example, we offer courses that concentrate on modelling from the figure and/or portrait, introduction to casting and mould making, carving in wood or stone and an introduction to prop making for film and theatre. The year-long City Lit sculpture course - VU841 will help you to build an individual sculpture practice where more independent work is encouraged. Please ask your tutor for advice, or browse the City Lit website or prospectus.


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it’s a really fun experience, the pace is pretty fast and you learn a lot. I was really impressed with how much I improved as we went on, she’s a great tutor. I’ll definitely be carrying on with clay sculpture
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/04/2019)
This course gives you an opportunity to really immerse yourself in the basics of clay sculpture, working with excellent models to produce three pieces of work. Unlike courses at other institutions, firing costs are included, and the small class size means you get plenty of tuition tailored to your needs.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
An enjoyable course, enabling students of varying experience to complete sculpture based on the human form.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Alexandra Harley

Alexandra Harley is a sculptor with an immersive engagement with materials working in Stratford, London. She began teaching woodcarving at City Lit in 1985 and has taught other materials including bronze, stone and life modelling. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000 and The London Group since 2017. She began studying sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Katherine Gilli and Glyn Williams and at St Martins School of Art under Tim Scott. Alexandra Harley has had several prestigious fellowships in Japan and the USA and was awarded the Brian Mercer Fellowship spending time in the Mariani Bronze Foundry, Italy, in 2016. Exhibitions include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open and the London Group Open; she has an extensive international CV and work in private collections. Her sculptures seek the capture of a fleeting moment and engage with the suspension of movement by fixing a physical interpretation of a brief and transitory fragment in time. With an internal energy pulsing through the complex constructions, her sculptures evade a single analysis.

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.

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Course Code: VU790

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Full Mon, eve, 14 Sep - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £399.00
Senior fee: £399.00
Concession: £243.00

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