Short introductory course on working with air-dry clay. The course will cover making small objects like decorative tiles, jewellery, fridge magnets and other fun projects. You will learn new skills and have time to experiment with your creativity and imagination. A great introduction to working with air-dry clay, a product that doesn't require a kiln for firing so is very accessible to all.

This course is located at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB.
This is very close to Southwark station and a 10 minute walk from Waterloo station.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable both for beginners and for anyone who has never used air- dry clay, and students who have some experience and would like to work on the short projects and learn more skills.

What does this course cover

The six session course will give students knowledge of different materials used in the process, exploring different techniques and in particular how to transfer your design onto the clay and decorate it.
The tutor will give an insight on how to use traditional tools as well as using everyday objects.

Students can work on 3 different projects or their own ideas and there will be plenty of ideas and materials to be inspired by and to create as well as decorate.

Decorative tile / fridge magnet
In these projects student will learn to shape the tile by using a picture frame and then transfer their design onto the surface by using different techniques such as:
Carving the design out of the clay
Drawing by scratching the surface of the clay
Adding clay (this could be done either by free hand or with using ready-made pattern moulds and biscuits cutters)

In this projects student will be able to making pendants, earrings and rings. Air-dry clay can be very versatile for jewellery and students can have fun by either making basic geometric shapes and painting them with intricate patterns or shaping the clay into a detailed design and decorating them in simpler manner.

What will it be like

Students will be given projects to work on, to learn new skills and techniques.
Processes will be demonstrated and written handouts provided.
Students will try the new skills before being given time to explore the processes and techniques. Students can develop their own work and projects in the classroom or at home.
Help and ideas will be given regularly to enable development and further creative production.

What else do you need to buy or do

Most of the tools and materials will be provided free of charge. Students are welcome to bring their own tools, drawings, images or anything that they would like to incorporate into their design.

What this course could lead to

This course can inspire pursuing this activity as a hobby/ craft or encourage furthering developing your skills in ceramic, jewellery or even sculpture.

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