Start sculpture

Course Dates: 26/01/20 - 09/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Shelley Wilson

This short course is a hands-on introduction to the basic principles and techniques of sculpture. You will make small-scale, experimental pieces using materials such as clay, plaster and mixed media. You will gain practical experience of using some basic sculpture tools and equipment. Ideal for complete beginners.


What is the course about?

The course is an opportunity to learn through your hands. Experimenting with different materials and 3D techniques will give you a familiarity and confidence to go further with your creative artwork and get to know new materials with infinite possibilities.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to some construction and joining techniques, try your hand at simple casting and basic carving, learn how to incorporate scale and proportion into your work and also use skills such as modelling and painting, should you wish. There will also be a chance to look more at different types of sculpture.
You will come away from the course having tried a wide menu of materials and having built at least one small sculpture. You will be more familiar with workshop tools and language.

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

• Build a small sculpture, using simple construction and joining skills
• Mix plaster
• Do a simple carving
• Produce a simple cast
• Be more familiar with workshop tools and related language
• Be aware of workshop good practice.

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

This course is suitable for those unfamiliar with sculpture and wanting to try it out, or returning to making.

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

How will I be taught and will there be any work outside the class?
You will have demonstrations and input from the tutor, along with support for your work throughout the classes.

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

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.

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?

This is an ideal starter course if you are thinking about exploring arts further or wanting to bring new energy to your practice. You may also go to other sculpture courses such as Introduction to sculpture, Carving in wood or stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire, Prop making or the one year City Lit sculpture course.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VU997

Sun, day, 26 Jan - 09 Feb '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £199.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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