Drawing for sculpture and ceramics
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VH134
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Exploring the way Sculptors and makers use drawing with different aims, for example:
- Expressive drawing to develop the initial idea
- Drawing to problem solve for final artwork ie trying things out: rehearsing, research and later using for reference when working directly with the material [Brancusi]
- Working Drawings as a guide for the sculptor themselves, or for others to work from eg assistants and fabricators.
- Presentation Drawings – from already made sculptures for clients, potential patrons or commission proposals.
To start to understand the above theremay be a research session at Tate Modern.
You will explore and research the many forms of drawing that 3 dimensional artists use within their practice and view their artwork in the galleries.
What will we cover?
Each week students will be introduced to a variety of different sculptors’ techniques and ways of using of drawing.
Students will make a series of studies of sculptors’ drawings eg Naum Gabo, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Joseph Beuys, Eduardo Chillida, Mary Martin, Rachel Whiteread, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Goldsworth, Phyllida Barlow, Christo.
Students will either observe from a life model or make a series of maquettes to work from to learn observational drawing techniques and processes. Using a variety of drawing materials eg pencil: charcoal: chalks: coloured pencils: cut outs: collage and ready-mades, students will learn how to convey 3D ideas that can be further developed into artworks. You will explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Convey three-dimensional forms with different drawing techniques, eg line: tone: texture & colour.
- Develop a range of mark making using a selection of drawing materials: cut outs: collage & ready mades.
- Develop a personal and expressive approach to 3D drawing.
- Recognise a variety of different sculptors and their drawing techniques.
- Make a series of maquettes in mix media and soft unfired materials.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners – no prior experience required. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try new techniques.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, individual and collaborative work and group discussion. The first session will be a research session at Tate Modern.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a A4 sized notebook/sketchbook and pen to take notes and to use
throughout your course. Other basic materials will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any of our drawing, sculpture or ceramics courses that are aimed at beginners would be good follow on courses.
Advice will be given at the end of the course by your tutor.
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.