Ceramics for Sculpture

Explore and experiment with a range of ceramic techniques specifically for sculpture such as slip casting, slab building, coiling, press moulding and simple glazing.

Who is this course for

Sculpture manifests in an enormous diversity of forms and can mean many things to many people. This course is for those who wish to explore a range of techniques to create sculptures from ceramic materials. It is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture. Courses have benefited from the diversity within the group.

What does this course cover

The course offers a formal introduction to basic techniques, materials and processes of sculpting with clay. These could include coiling, press moulding, slab building, carving from clay, beginner's level slip casting, use of different types of clay and the application of colour. Inspiration will be drawn from imagination and/or observation of natural forms and the work of other artists. The tutor will suggest projects and ideas for works when appropriate.

Students will develop spatial, proportional and visual awareness. This can include the exploration of methods to create compositions, accurate observation and evaluation of your work, drawing to test ideas for your sculpture in its early stages, measuring techniques, the construction of simple maquettes and the possibilities of the application of colour. You will make a range of ceramic forms to take to the first firing stage.
NB: Only relatively small pieces of clay sculptures are appropriate for this course.

The course will introduce you to a variety of processes to create sculptures from ceramic materials.
These could include:
- Construction techniques such as coiling, slab building
- Reduction techniques such as carving from clay
- Casting techniques, such as slip casting, beginner's level, press moulding
- Colouring techniques, such as using different types of clay; underglaze painting and glazing, using simple glazes and oxides.

By the end of the course you will:

1. Produce finished pieces of sculpture in ceramic materials
2. Be aware of a number of core ceramic techniques to create ceramic form.
3. Have an insight into sculptural skills which you can apply to individual projects.
4. Be able to use finishing techniques such as underglaze painting & glazing, using simple glazes and
oxides.
Additional objectives for returning learners:
5. Develop & practice techniques towards achieving individual clay sculpture projects
Specific learning objectives are set according to individual requirements of the student and may well include things not listed here. The tutor will discuss students' aims and objectives at the start of the course.

What will it be like

The course will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion. Learners will be encouraged to explore their own personal approach, developing confidence & skills in a creative, exciting and supportive learning environment. The tutor will divide her time equally amongst all the students in the class.
Students' work will be regularly recorded with photographs, written progress reports, copies of sketchbooks, Blogs or other documentation. Assessment is given on a regular basis by direct personal consultation with the tutor, and reference to project records.
Each student is expected to identify, where possible, specific learning aims and objectives to be assessed at the beginning and end of the course.
Students will be encouraged to evaluate their own work through group discussion with fellow students and self- appraisal.
The course does not include any homework but students might enjoy testing out ideas by drawing in their sketchbooks in between teaching days.

What else do you need to buy or do

Expenses will vary according to materials chosen which, whenever possible, will be provided by the Centre at a cost. Basic clay modelling tools will be provided. We recommend students to have an A4 sketchbook or sketchpad to use alongside the course.
What we expect you to do outside the class: whatever is appropriate for the individual goals/course plan. Students will be able to work at their own pace but where extra work is needed (say for portfolio preparation) they will be expected to do more.
The course does not include any homework but students might enjoy testing out ideas by drawing into their sketchbooks in between teaching days.

What this course could lead to

Students may take further courses at the Mary Ward Centre. For example you may decide to explore porcelain and paper clay, mixed media sculpture or carving. It is also possible to progress to the Foundation into Art or Pre-foundation courses at The Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
Apart from pursuing careers as sculptors, students have moved into such diverse careers such as:
* Anatomical model making * Retail display * Visual effects or theatrical properties * Interior Design* Fashion * Architecture * Fine Arts

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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