What is the course about?
A practical workshop where you will explore the development of Kinetic (moving) artworks in the context of 20th European sculpture, and explore/test how the processes can be used to create a piece of work for yourself. Learn/develop practical techniques for working with metals, recycled and found objects.
What will we cover?
- A brief look at the work of early 20th century kinetic artists (Duchamp and later influences).
- Practical demonstrations of selected processes and techniques (appropriate to the above artists’ work).
- How the processes can be used to create a piece of work for yourself.
- Induction into the correct use of equipment and Health and Safety guidelines.
- Production of the finished piece of work, and methods of display.
- Review of the work and processes used through discussion.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use different construction techniques including cutting, bending, forming, drilling, bolting and riveting.
- Understand and solder a basic electrical circuit suitable for a small artwork
- Design and construct a kinetic art object or sculpture using a variety of materials.
- Work safely, following the correct health and safety procedures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for beginners, as well as those with some experience who have an interest in adding kinetic work to their artwork.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, practical work, technical notes, and instruction as a member of a group or individually, as appropriate to the session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
General tools and equipment will be supplied. Most of the cost of the new materials for sampling and experimentation will be covered by the course fee. A sketchbook and drawing materials would be useful. You might want to incorporate found objects into your work.
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 learn a range of techniques. For example, you may like to progress onto VU841 City Sculpture course that helps you to build an individual sculpture practice or a short course specialising in a particular approach or skill. Please ask your tutor for advice.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details