What is the course about?
Explore either stone carving or wood carving from initial ideas and develop a design, through to learning carving techniques and creating a sculpture in limestone or wood. 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 part of the course will focus on understanding the characteristics of wood and stone as materials and awareness of tool techniques. We will make small maquettes (small models), in clay or plasticene, before embarking on a piece in stone or wood. Along with techniques of carving, you will also be made aware of possibilities for construction and incorporating other materials or objects. These techniques will be taught and explored as your carving progresses. We will be looking at the work of many sculptors, both historical and contemporary.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop ideas for carving through making maquettes.
- Have an understanding of basic carving principles and techniques.
- Develop awareness of stone and wood sculpture, both historical and contemporary.
- Know how to source and maintain tools.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For all abilities, including beginners to sculpture.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstration and practical activities, group discussion 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 or wood is included within the course fee. Larger blocks of stone or wood are available and the difference can be purchased at cost price. You should 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.