Sculpture and small forged metal forms with Andrew Smith

Ref: SWE32237

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About this course

Explore compositions in your own sculptures and forms using a range of metal techniques.

Course Description

Organic form and line are the inspiration for this course and you will explore ideas directly expressed in metal.

From a basis of imagery and observation, a range of metalwork techniques to develop composition in form, line and mass through shaping and manipulation are demonstrated by the tutor throughout the course. You will then follow with practice and application.

You may bring ideas of your own for a piece or project to work on, subject to the constraints of practicality and time, or you may evolve an idea in relation to techniques shown. Techniques and possibilities are shown by example, enabling you to explore and evolve individual sculptural composition as the course progresses, leading towards a finished piece.

Direct metal shaping techniques will be demonstrated using different methods and tools to develop, shape and and manipulate metal through cutting, abrasion, using different heats to control and shape the material, tapering, forged changes and developments of cross section, curving and bending and texturing.

By the end of the course, you should feel more confident with understanding and recognising how these metal techniques may be applied in sculptural metalwork. You should be able to confidently undertake further explorations of this fascinating and rewarding area of metal sculpture.

Course Materials

Included

  • The College will supply all materials required for the specific project set by the tutor, including all fuel costs and mild steel stocked by the College.
  • Leather aprons, welding gauntlets, goggles, welding helmets and ear defenders can be borrowed from the Forge.

What students need to bring

  • You will need to wear clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe capped boots. Please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. Shorts do not provide necessary protection. For your safety, it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. You must provide your own footwear and bring them with you to wear on the course. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course. Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders’ merchants, as well as online.
  • You must wear goggles (provided) and suitable protective clothing for this course. Leather aprons, welding gauntlets, goggles, welding helmets and ear defenders can be borrowed from the Forge or you can bring them along if you have them. If, for example, you have particularly large or small hands, your own leather work gloves are likely to be a better fit.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbook, pencil, rubber

Additional information

Please note: This course will be in the Forge, which is a 10-minute walk from the main house through the walled garden or can be accessed by car. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be held in the nearby Carrington Studio. You will return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is always required when you are working in the Forge.

Timetable

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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

General Information

Tutors

Andrew Smith

Andrew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, has a BA (Hons) from West Surrey College of Art and an MA from the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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