Start clay sculpture

Course Dates: 28/11/20 - 12/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Whether you would like to try out sculpting with clay for fun, or it is something you wish to explore further, this beginners course is a great way to learn the first steps in design and basic clay modelling techniques. In it you can create either a realistic or an abstract sculpture.

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What is the course about?

This two-day course is perfect as an introduction to clay modelling and sculpture. You will learn hands-on with the materials, tools and processes needed to create your sculpture. Your clay sculpture will be fired after the course has finished, your tutor will advise dates for collection.

What will we cover?

- You will learn how to build, shape and mould clay when modelling a small sculpture.
- We will cover which types of clay are best suitable for modelling with.
- Practice how to prepare a clay sculpture for bisque firing and understand the firing process.
- You will be supported towards developing your own idea for the sculpture.
- A brief introduction to historical and contemporary sculpture.

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

- Build a small-scale sculpture from clay.
- Have a practical understanding of the relevance of scale and proportion in sculpture.
- Have a first understanding of tools and materials suitable for sculpting with clay.
- Use basic clay modelling techniques specific for sculpture.

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

All levels are welcome. This short course offers an opportunity for students wishing to expand their portfolio.
Students should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be expected to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do measurements and calculations.

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

You will learn through practical demonstrations, group and individual discussions and tutorials.

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

Please bring a notebook and pen, plus a sketchbook.
Stout shoes are required to be worn in the sculpture studio at all times.
All essential materials are provided.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

After this course you may wish to join other sculpture courses such as Introduction to sculpture, Carving in wood or stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire, Prop making or Life sculpture in wax. Alternatively, the year-long City Lit sculpture course helps you to build an individual sculpture practice and culminates in an exhibition in Central London. Ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website or prospectus for inspiration.

Tutor Biographies
Shelley Wilson Tutor Website

Shelley Wilson is a multi award-winning national: international artist, a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Trained: Camberwell College of Art BA Hons Ceramics: Post-Graduate Sculpture Sir John Cass School of Art: Anatomy for the Artist at UCL. She has collaborated with the most eminent members of the scientific world to comment on topical science based & ethical issues, her exhibition Body Politic took the socio-political climate surrounding the General Election in 2010 as subject material in a celebration of the experiences of the 150 MP’s who stepped down at that time. Wilson’s inspiration is the human form, she combines the three disciplines of ceramics, sculpture, & photography. She explores expressive forms of visualization, experimentation, & interaction between materials & subject matter, taking inspiration from the physicality & psychology of the human form. Since 1989, Wilson has taught sculpture, ceramics, & drawing, from adult education - undergraduate including special needs. She has been Lead Artist in sculpture workshops at British Museum & National Gallery, awarded artists residencies schools in the UK & Europe.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VU994

Sat, day, 28 Nov - 12 Dec '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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