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Introduction to Sculpture (5 days)

170 High St, Margate, Kent CT9.

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival for directions.

I’m an artist/educator based in Margate in Kent and founder of GoCreate.co.uk which runs creative workshops and events. My primary practice is oil painting and over the years my painting has journeyed from realism to smudgy impressions. I also have secondary and tertiary projects and artforms which allow me to explore materiality, processes and to […]Read More »

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This is a hands-on course that will get you exploring sculptural form, materials and processes from the start. It assumes no previous knowledge of working with sculpture.

We’ll start the week easy with some clay modelling and gradually introduce a repertoire of new materials including wire, plaster, salvaged materials or found objects whilst also demonstrating processes such as modelling, relief sculpture, casting, joining materials and discussing technical considerations and health and safety. After short demonstrations there will be a chance for students to get hands on experience with the techniques and to apply to their own creations.

As well as offering practical experience, the course will include a bit of theory to build knowledge of techniques and a  growing a growing appreciation of contemporary sculpture. We’ll also encourage sketchbook use and work on specific projects towards the end of the week. We’ll help inspire less experienced students

During the course you’ll be able to work on existing ideas or develop and realise new ideas from initial sketch to final realisation. All abilities and approaches (traditional ie figurative or contemporary) are welcome. Come prepared with some sketches and ideas or let us inspire you. An experienced sculpture will be on hand to offer guidance and technical support throughout the week.

The course includes:

  • A brief overview of 20th Century sculpture
  • An overview of sculptural techniques and processes
  • Sketchbook practice and design development processes
  • Tutor demonstrations
  • Health & safety advice and implementation
  • Personal project development using
  • Materials to carry out the course activities.
  • Notes

Itinery:
Day 1 – working with clay

Course overview and introduction to sculpture
Introduction to clay modelling
Discussing the difference between clay modelling for kiln firing and clay modelling for casting
Introduction to ceramic sculpture,  demonstration of tools, equipment and 3 key main techniques
Brief discussion on sketchbook and research methods in the sculpture design process
Clay modelling/ceramic sculpture* project work (3 – 4 hours)

Day 2
am – Relief sculpture
Introduction to casting
Overview of different casting materials and processes
Introduction to the objects, tools and materials used to make relief sculptures
Plaster mixing/ heath and safety
Students to create a relief cast using various materials and tools and to take a plaster cast
Overview of contemporary artworks that use simple casting processes
How to transform casts into marketable products
Personal project planning

pm – Plaster and wire
Presentation on plaster and wire sculptures
Creating a skin
Sealing or colouring the piece for longevity/outdoor use
Short presentation on plaster, wire and found objects

Day 3 – Joining materials 
Overview of different materials and techniques used in combining materials in sculpture
Tutor demonstration on the different adhesives and materials available for use in projects
Student to plan and create a piece which combine at least two different materials
Creating meaning and writing about sculpture to help engage others

pm – concrete casting
Introduction to improvised moulds
Introduction to concrete casting
Tutor demonstration
Students to create a concrete cast or to continue with personal projects

Day 4 – mould making
Demonstration on how to make a simple one or two-part mould
Slip casting demonstration

pm – soldering demonstration

Day 5 – welding
Demonstration/safety mandatories
Students wishing to trial a bit of welding are welcome
Other students to work on personal projects with the guidance and support from the lead tutor.

 

NB pieces which are suitable for kiln fired can be fired. Please note there is an additional cost for kiln firing which is £3/lb

What to wear:
Participants will need to wear protective clothing ie boiler suit or old comfortable clothing

170 High St, Margate, Kent CT9.

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival for directions.

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Introduction to Sculpture (5 days)

170 High St, Margate, Kent CT9.

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival for directions.

I’m an artist/educator based in Margate in Kent and founder of GoCreate.co.uk which runs creative workshops and events. My primary practice is oil painting and over the years my painting has journeyed from realism to smudgy impressions. I also have secondary and tertiary projects and artforms which allow me to explore materiality, processes and to […]Read More »

170 High St, Margate, Kent CT9.

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival for directions.

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£625

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