Sculpture workshop I
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: VU780
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a course for beginners to pick up the basic techniques for sculpting, as well as learning how to research, develop and improve ideas, and make basic design drawings and models. Through a series of short projects you will get to grips with techniques including model-making, casting, construction, and stone and wood carving. You will be introduced to the work of a wide range of sculptors, consider ways of developing your ideas and improving your designs, and learn how to make basic drawings and maquettes for your sculptural pieces.
Please note this course will not have the scope to focus on figurative work, so those wishing to pursue this as their main aim should consider the sculpting from life courses: VU790, VU791, VU792, VU988.
What will we cover?
The initial sessions will take the form of short projects, covering basic casting, carving and construction, and production of a series of models/maquettes to understand these approaches. The later stages offer opportunities to extend these techniques and to use research to develop and resolve a personal sculpture project. You will have a chance to work with clay, plaster, metal, wood and plastic in addition to found materials. You will be fully supported in this process with expert tutorial guidance and technical instruction.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Model a relief in clay and produce a press mould form.
- Cast a relief in plaster.
- Build a supporting armature to construct a piece.
- Work with wire and steel rod to explore 2D/3D ideas.
- Construct an object or abstract form using metal and wood.
- Make a small simple carving.
- Produce an assemblage using found object or materials.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the development of contemporary sculpture.
- Research, plan and produce a personal sculpture project.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for complete beginners, but if you come with some experience the course does offer opportunities to extend your technical skills and understanding of the subject.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, practical activities, short research talks/presentations, group discussions, individual tuition and feedback. You will be encouraged to research and record sculpture ideas outside of sessions, including visiting relevant gallery exhibitions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A selection of equipment and tools is provided and basic materials are included in the course fee. If you wish to try a small carving, stone and wood will need to be purchased from the department, costing about £8-£15. You should bring a sketchbook and pencils (2B, 3B or 4B pencils are recommended). Access to a camera/phone camera would be useful to record your work. Stout footwear must be worn at all times in the sculpture studio.
Please be advised, if you have a pacemaker, for your own safety it will not be possible for you to use the plasma cutter. Additionally, you must keep a safe distance while it is in operation (the distance is marked with a yellow line on the floor).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.
Andrew's practice extends across sculpture, drawing and printmaking, working with a diversity of materials and processes. He graduated from Cheltenham Art College in 1989, receiving his first public sculpture commission in his final year and subsequently developed a professional career including several public and museum based artworks, residencies and commissions. Later diversifying into product design, modelmaking and theatre/tv equiped him with a comprehensive skill base in making and 3d problem solving. Since establishing his studio practice in West London Andrew has concentrated on sculpture and bespoke design in metal merging modernist Euoropean and Japanese influences, whilst maintaining a commitment to advancing the practice of sculpture as an educator within the sculpture community. He is represented by NoonPowell Fine Art and examples of his wider practice can be on Axisweb.
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.