Start clay sculpture

Course Dates: 27/11/21 - 11/12/21
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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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: VU994

Sat, day, 27 Nov - 11 Dec '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This three-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?

All essential materials are provided.

You must wear sturdy shoes. Please also wear old working clothes or bring overalls.

Please bring a notebook and pen, plus a sketchbook.

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 similar course 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! Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course VU841, which helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice and culminates with an exhibition in a London gallery.

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 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

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.