Figurative Life Sculpture

This course is designed to introduce you to figurative Life Sculpture techniques, working from a model each week.

Course Content

The course introduces and develops portraiture techniques in clay, working from observation using a life model. You will have the opportunity to explore traditional and experimental approaches to modelling.

The course encourages personal development and has a strong emphasis on exploration of materials and surface finishes. Instruction is designed to meet all skill and knowledge levels. You will be taught be a mixture of whole and small class presentation, demonstration as well as individual tuition as you work on your pieces. You will start by drawing from observation and explore the work of other contemporary and historical artists as references inspired by the figure.

In the first six weeks of the first term you will develop ideas using a range of mixed media materials to create textured surfaces, use wire armatures, experiment with oxides and glazes to create tonal effects.

Entry Requirements

This is suitable for you if you're a beginners or wanting to develop your skills.

First Class Requirements

Please bring on your first day: Protective clothing, any personal modelling tools, sketch-book, drawing materials, large plastic bags.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance encouraged for learners to make maximum progress on the course

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment, however you will receive regular feedback from your tutor and peers.

Further Study Options

You might like to explore some of ceramics or glass courses we have on offer.

Additional Information

We strongly recommend that learners wear non slip, closed footwear in the pottery area as there is often a lot of dust created and the floors may become slippery when wet if there are spillages

Model fees are included in the course fees. You will be required to pay for materials that you use from the college and for your firing. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You may also bring in your own glass, clay or wax etc should you wish to, however there is no storage on site for materials unless they are purchased from the college.

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