Introduction to papier mâché

Course Dates: 13/07/21 - 10/08/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Whether working on a stage set, a window display, or just making gifts for friends and family, Paper Mache remains one of the most cost effective and durable modelling materials around. From Venetian masks to decorative Japanese bowls, this medium has stood the test of time. The hardened consistency of Paper Mache makes it an ideal base for a number of exciting finishes and patinas. Replicate the finish of wood, metal, stone and more, to create a lighter and more portable version of sculptures, picture frames and jewellery.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00

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Course Code: VU115

Started Tue, eve, 13 Jul - 10 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn about the properties of Paper Mache and its many uses. Look at how the medium has played its part in history and in contemporary art. Learn different techniques and finishing methods.

What will we cover?

- The use of Paper Mache in historical and contemporary art.
- How to use the medium for both relief and 3D outcomes.
- How to finish and render the medium to emulate other materials.
- How to use other materials that compliment Paper Mache.

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

- Model in clay, Modroc and chicken wire.
- Create a positive and negative mould.
- Work confidently with different Paper Mache techniques.
- Apply a variety of finishes to the medium.

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

This course is ideal for beginners. If you are new to working with 3D or have never used Paper Mache as a medium in your 3D work, this could be a helpful addition to your existing skills.

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

The aim is for the content to be taught in a studio but can be taught online should things change in the near future. It is recommended that you sign up to Google Classroom, as this is a useful tool for extension work and resources. It is also a useful platform for submitting images of work and getting personalised feedback. Work outside of the class could include personal research.

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

Newspaper, newsprint and wallpaper paste are the bare essentials. These are easily available in the studio or at home. Chicken wire, clay and Modroc will be provided by the college. Paints and varnish will be provided. If you wish to use specialist finishes or add specialist materials to your pieces you may have to provide these yourself.

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

The course will give you a good foundation to move onto courses such as Prop Making and Model Making, however students have gone on to Foundation Art courses and more focussed sculpting courses.

The City Lit sculpture department offers a whole selection of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced, and master a range of techniques. You may like to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course which helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice, or sign up to a short course specialising in a particular material or skill - we offer everything from working in wire or plaster, carving in wood or stone, to wax carving for the foundry to have your sculpture cast in bronze. Ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website for inspiration.

Ro Sylvester

Ro Sylvester is a veteran of film and theatre, having made costume and props for productions such as ‘Hellraiser’ and ‘Legend’ back in the ‘80s. She ran a costume studio in Covent Garden for some time, supplying the Opera House and other West End Theatres with costumes and props. Ro also made many props and costumes for pop videos including Eddie Grant, Supertramp and New Order. From the early ‘90s, she worked in secondary and 6th form teaching, delivering exam courses in Design Technology, Textiles, Graphics, Computer Graphics and Model Making. Having retired from teaching three years ago, Ro has worked to private commission in retail display, commercials and theatre. She has also worked as a tutor at City Lit, teaching; Model Making, Prop Making, Perspective, Pastel drawing and general creativity skills. This year she is making props for Xmas displays for stores in New York, Bordeaux and London. Ro runs a lively and fast moving classroom, helping students to explore their potential and progress onto other courses where applicable. You can see much of her work and that of her students on her website.

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.