Start carving

Course Dates: 13/03/22 - 27/03/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Have you ever tried carving in wood? Be guided by an expert tutor to learn the basic techniques, materials and processes of carving, and carve a small piece of sculpture using hand carving tools. For complete beginners.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

Course Code: VU203

Sun, day, 13 Mar - 27 Mar '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course aims to develop your understanding of sculpture through the medium of wood carving. We will be looking at techniques, tools, types of wood, how to develop an idea from a maquette to the completed work. Everyone will have time to work at their own speed supported by your tutor.

What will we cover?

- Develop a suitable maquette of your idea in clay or plasticine to test the idea.
- How to transfer the idea on a small block of wood.
- Develop an understanding of scale and proportion.
- How to develop a small carving.
- How to look after carving tools.
- How to handle carving tools safely.
- Study the work of other sculptors, working in a range of carving materials.

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

- Develop a suitable maquette of your idea in clay or plasticine.
- Transfer the idea on a small block of wood
- Have knowledge about the wood you are working with - why it is suitable for carving and suppliers.
- Develop a simple small carving from the initial idea to the finished project.
- Handle carving tools and be aware of related health and safety issues.

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

The course is beginners level in wood carving.

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

You will learn through practical demonstrations, one-to-one support, group and individual discussions and tutorials, slide lectures and personal tuition. A wide range of learning resources and equipment are provided. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

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

All basic tools and materials are provided. Please bring a sketchbook.

You must wear sturdy shoes. Please also wear old working clothes or bring overalls.

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 course in a material or process you have tried 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! You may then 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.

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, or calling 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

Belinda Edwards

Belinda Edwards holds a degree and diploma from Central School of Art and Design, and a teaching certificate from Roehampton Institute. She has been an artist in residence and lecturer with various schools, community groups and colleges in London and has been teaching sculpture at City Lit and elsewhere since 1987. Belinda’s work has been exhibited at many galleries including The Royal Academy. This gives her a deep understanding of the importance of correct technique for accurate and effective carving, whatever the material. As part of developing her understanding of materials even further she worked for a while as a casting technician for a gallery specialising in fine art antiques casting and conserving. These skills, combined with her Fine Arts background enables her to help students to develop their own interests and projects, from first idea through sketches, maquettes, choice of material and tools, to finished sculpture. Belinda’s outstanding qualities as a tutor, are her practical understanding of the challenges faced by individual students, and her skill at enabling them both to formulate ideas and then achieve their goals.

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.