Life figurative sculpture intensive

Course Dates: 15/07/24 - 19/07/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Life figurative sculpture intensive
  • Course Code: VU109
  • Dates: 15/07/24 - 19/07/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon-Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Shelley Wilson

Course Code: VU109

Mon-Fri, day, 15 Jul - 19 Jul '24

Duration: 5 sessions

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What is the course about?

This will be an introduction and investigation into the structure and musculature of the human figure using the life model as reference. You will use all this information to create your own sculpture in clay using sculptural modelling techniques.

Your clay sculpture will need time to dry before it is fired. Therefore it will be fired after the course has finished. During the course your tutor will give you the dates when your sculpture will be ready to collect.

What will we cover?

- Basic anatomy of the human form.
- How to make observational working drawings of the life-model.
- Introduction to clay modelling expressing the human form.
- How to make an analytical evaluation of your own artwork supported by friendly and supportive feedback.
- A brief introduction to the work of contemporary and historical figurative sculptors.
- An introduction to the safe use of equipment, materials, procedures and practice in the sculpture studio.

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

- Have a basic understanding of major bones in the skeleton and muscle groups in the human form.
- Make preparatory observational drawings ready for the sculpture.
- Demonstrate different measuring techniques straight from the life model.
- Demonstrate improved clay modelling skills towards finished sculpture.
- Work independently and make aesthetic judgements to develop a self-expressed finished artwork.
- Work safely with the materials, equipment and procedures of the subject.

In addition, the more experienced student, will be encouraged to experiment with the material: surface and working methods to further advance skills and individual expression, including a choice of composition within pose.

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

All levels welcome.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and do simple measurements and calculations.

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

There will be group demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one help. There will be the opportunity for small group evaluations and discussions.

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

All essential materials and equipment will be provided and are included in the course fee.

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.

Please bring a sketchbook/notebook and pencils to sketch and make notes, and a camera 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 then wish to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course VU841, which helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice.

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 0203 880 2415 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

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