New: Carving

Who is this course for

The course is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture and want to learn how to carve with stone and wood.

What does this course cover

The course offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques materials and processes of carving in soft stone and wood. Healthy and safe working practices. 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. Explore methods of composition to include accurate observation, drawing for sculpture, measuring techniques and construction of maquettes.

NB: Only relatively small pieces of soft stone eg Soap Stone or Alabaster are appropriate for this course.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Produce Finished Pieces of sculpture in soft stone or wood
2. Acquire a comprehensive carving technique in your chosen material.
3. Develop carving skills and work on individual carving projects.
4. Learn finishing techniques such as polishing & mounting

What will it be like

The course will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion with particular emphasis on sound and careful technique to ensure a strong and successful end result.
Students' work will be regularly recorded with photographs, written progress reports, copies of sketchbooks.
Assessment is given on a regular basis and students will be encouraged to evaluate their own work through group discussion with fellow students and self appraisal.

What else do you need to buy or do

Costs will vary according to materials chosen, which wehenever possible will be provided by the Centre at a cost. Students wishing to carve in stone will be expected to cover the cost of the material and some tools. Stone is currently 1 per kilo, Carving tools approx £15.00 each.
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.

What this course could lead to

Students may take further courses at the Mary Ward Centre. For example you may decide to do a cast on a piece of your work Casting and Finishing class, or progress to full figure clay modelling.
You can also progress to the Foundation into Art or Pre-foundation courses at The Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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