Hand Built Ceramics
A comprehensive introduction into the methods and variety of creative potential of sculptural ceramics. The course covers studio practice, clay types, basic core techniques of hand building for sculpture: coiling, pinching, slab building and surface decoration. These will be taught and put into practice to make finished ceramic forms. Through practical projects you will understand the material and, with emphasis on experimentation, how you can manipulate it to create a variety of forms. These can then be decorated with raw glazes and slips for a once fired finished piece.
Times: 6:30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Introduction to Sculpture
An ideal start point for those wishing to explore sculpture techniques and ideas. This course covers both foundation technical skills and a creative exploration of different materials and ways of working. Sculpture is wonderfully fun and creative and with some simple skills taught, great results can be achieved. The first half of the term comprises three weeks of figurative sculpture in clay with a life model and two weeks of portraiture with another life model, also in clay. The second half of the term is an introduction to plaster, wire and other materials, culminating in a personal project. Students leave the course with a strong foundation of sculpture skills as well as an individual approach to the practice.
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Beginners, Intermediate
Creative Sculpture in the Life Room
The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to explore form, materials and processes as a means of sculptural expression. Throughout the class the tutor supports each student individually to develop their own approach, exploring a wide range of materials and techniques or focusing on a particular area of interest.
For students unsure about which materials, processes and ideas to explore, there are a number of structured exercises working from the life model enabling students to explore different materials and processes. The emphasis of these exercises is to create sculpture using a life model as reference, rather than doing a technical study of a model.
The course aims to teach students to use the human form to express emotion, energy or character powerfully, and question what the human form/body means to them. This in turn leads to a more developed understanding of how to use composition of form to express feeling, and to understand the subtlety needed when choosing the appropriate forms, textures, materials and processes to best express their sculptural ideas. All of these aspects will equally be covered as structural/compositional principles to suit their needs should the student not wish to use the model as reference.
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate