What is the course about?
Explore the possibilities this simple yet effective technique. Create a variety of basketry and more sculptural forms.
What will we cover?
- Introduction to the principles of random weave basketry.
- Selecting materials, and sourcing equipment needed (this is minimal and easily obtained)
- How to get started
- Weaving the body of your basket or 3D form
- Joining materials
- How random weave basketry is used by a broad spectrum of artists and craftspeople.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make two Random Weave Baskets.
- Describe how to make similar work independently from the same or similar materials.
- Work this technique on different scales.
- Describe how it could be applied to other craft disciplines, e.g. sculpture and jewellery.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at both complete beginners, and students who have some previous experience of other basketry techniques who would like to add to their skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a mix of demonstrations together with verbal explanations by the tutor and handouts to support this, you will also have opportunities to observe and handle samples and examples of work made using this technique. There will also be a short slide show illustrating work by makers working with a variety of materials and a range of scales to put this Basketry technique into a worldwide context within Contemporary Basketry.
There will be a very small amount of preparation between some classes (approx 1 hour) and students may like to continue with work in progress between sessions, but this is optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided. Small quantities of additional/alternative materials may be available to buy from the Tutor. If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of Basketry courses covering techniques such as willow, rush, plaiting, and brush making, which will appeal to a wide range of interests. The Basketry project VC205 is a project led course, where you can explore different approaches to twined basketry. The City Lit Basketry course VA190 is a two year, in depth study of Basketry, next entry is in September 2019.
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