Learn modelling techniques using clay to create a small figure and a portrait head. Working from a life model, you will develop skills in looking and observing, exploring form and structure, using a plumb line and negative space. There will be discussions and demonstrations of different tools and the marks they make, as well as aspects of anatomy and modelling facial details.
On this course you will learn how to:
• Create a sculpture of the human figure.
• Use tools confidently to form interesting marks on clay.
• Look for the structure and proportion of the anatomy, and to establish in the sculpture where the bones and muscles show.
• Confidently draw the curve of the backbone and angle of the shoulders, waist and hips on the clay.
• Look for character and what you want the work to say.
• Stand back from the work and assess the effect, moving clay around to try various relationships, and decide on the most meaningful.
The course will start with a short demonstration of a method (one of many) to achieve a likeness of the human form.
Skills of looking and observing will be encouraged. Sketching with pencil and paper is often useful. As the course proceeds, appropriate aspects of anatomy and what to look for will be explained as well as form and structure, use of a plumb line, negative space, use of tools and the marks they make.
Different techniques and unusual and recycled tools that create interesting marks and surface and textures will be shown.
Finishing off – hollowing out the work to allow it to dry evenly for firing.
By the end of the course you will have:
• Achieved an understanding and confidence in how to begin a sculpture, what to look for, how to plan the base support and how to handle clay and its structure with various moisture contents so that it stays in position.
• Strengthened your observational skills and learned how to make decisions from the model so as to be able to create an interesting sculptural form from a basic slab of clay.
• Learned to look, see, wonder, sculpt and suggest.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- The course fee includes the cost of providing a life model, all clay, glazing and firing costs – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.
What students need to bring
- An apron
- Any sculpture tools you may have (don't worry if you haven't as there will be tools available to borrow)
- Sketchbook/paper and drawing media
- It is not necessary, but would be helpful in preparing for your course, to look at illustrations of work by any sculptors, e.g. Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, etc., and examples of any sculpted human figures that interest you.
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good variety of art materials including sketchbook/paper and drawing media.
Firing options: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing by the College, for collection within six months. 2. Take away your unfired work for firing elsewhere.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).