Sculpture: inspired by Rodin
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VU124
Duration: 5 sessions
What is the course about?
Day one: You will be given a brief history of Rodin’s art practice before going to the Tate Modern to see ‘The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin.’ Your tutor will accompany the group in the exhibition to give guidance. You will also be given a suggested activity sheet to help you with observing and notetaking.
You will be able to meander through the exhibition, which will evoke the informal atmosphere of the studio, discovering lesser-known pieces and new aspects of Rodin’s masterpieces. Explore and research Rodin’s experimental process in fragmentation, assemblage and repetition; exploring infinite groupings and poses. There will be over 200 works, many of which have not been outside France before.
Day 2 to 5: In City Lit’s sculpture studio, you will learn more about who and what inspired Rodin, and the importance of scale and proportion in his work. You will use the knowledge you have gathered to develop and create small experimental sculptures in clay using modelling techniques. You will also have the opportunity to make a series of negative clay moulds and cast plaster into them, or make small sprig plaster moulds to create clay components to join together.
What will we cover?
• The safe use of materials, tools, equipment in the sculpture studio, relevant to the work you will do.
• Introduction to Rodin’s experimental creative process - the materials and technique he used, as exhibited in the Tate Modern’s ‘The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin.’
• Basic anatomy, fragmentation of the human form, scale and proportion.
• Introduction to clay modelling.
• How to make small plaster sprig moulds and cast clay.
• How to create a clay mould and cast plaster.
• Critical decision-making skills in relation to your own artwork and self-expression.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have an understanding of the different experimental creative processes in Rodin’s art.
• Made a series of research drawings.
• Make a plaster sprig mould and clay cast.
• Demonstrate improved clay modelling skills.
• Work independently and make aesthetic judgement to develop a finished artwork.
• Understand and practice Health & Safety relevant to the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All levels welcome. It is useful if you have some sculptural experience, for example working in 3-dimensions, however beginners are very welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations and for health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be whole group and small group demonstrations and plenty of 1:1 help. You will be invited to take part in group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will need to bring a sketchbook, a camera and drawing materials, for example pencils. This is particularly important for the first day.
Please also bring an apron or overall. Stout footwear must also be worn in the Sculpture studio.
There are no extra costs, the exhibition ticket price is included and all basic materials are provided. However, if you have your own modelling tools please do bring them along.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit sculpture department offers a wide selection of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced and master a range of techniques and materials. After this course, you may wish to try our clay sculpture courses, including VU109 Life figurative sculpture intensive, for an equally tactile material to sculpt with.
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.