Sculpture: After The Classics – Summer School

Working from existing sculpture at the V&A Sculpture Court, this course is offered for those already familiar with working from life as an opportunity for them to expand their range of subject matter and develop ways of working away from the figure which will enable them to more closely identify their core interests and progress their artistic practice.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is offered for those already familiar with working from life as an opportunity for them to expand their range of subject matter and develop ways of working away from the figure which will enable them to more closely identify their core interests and progress their artistic practice. The course aims to operate in a friendly mutually supportive atmosphere as in working away from the model, the students will be encouraged to be more engaged with each other, sharing knowledge and insight of this way of working, and through discussion helping each other see core concerns emerging from their study.

What does this course cover

The course focusses on working from classical sculpture, the first day working on drawings inspired by the V&A sculpture court, and students can decide which piece they wish to reference. Sketches will be made from the pieces and photographs. After which the students will work on their own interpretation of whichever sculpture has inspired them at the Mary Ward Sculpture Studio.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identifying areas of specific interest in order to develop artistic practice.
A wider historical understanding of sculpture and composition.
An understanding of tools to employ including the use of sketching and photography when working away from the figure, and how to use them.
A piece of work to be collected in the future.

The students will receive a handout, in advance of starting the course, which will have a brief
introduction including historical contextualisation of the works at the site, and examples of
contemporary artists who work from or reference existing artwork and artists, including Albert
Oehlen, Rebecca Warren, amongst others. There will be an initial discussion to familiarise the group with each other and install a sense of group unity, this is important as I hope the class will also be a friendly and mutually supportive environment. Any specific health needs will be taken into account, and students will be informed of any specific health and safety issues, including fire exits and exit protocol.
Once they are working from their chosen piece, I will be able to go about the group with one-to-one teaching, and there will be a friendly group discussion over lunch, to enableknowledge sharing and further direction.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

The most important is comfortable shoes and clothes.
A camera
Sketchbook and drawing materials, (hb pencil, sharpener, eraser as a minimum, shading sticks - conte black, white, grey and warm earth colour can also be used).

What this course could lead to

Further Sculpture classes at the Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

mwc logo

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

MWC student

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’