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Sculpture: Constructing The Figure

This course focuses on developing sculptures from 2D & 3D sketches. Evolve your ideas through drawing and sculpting from life for the first 3 sessions of each course, then learn about and explore a range of materials and techniques through which to develop your ideas, while working from your original 2D & 3D sketches.

Who is this course for

For all students with any level of experience and those wishing to further their knowledge of the human form. Students who have some experience in drawing and want to move into three dimensions.

What does this course cover

Each 6 week workshop will cover observational work representing the human form (3 weeks with the model and then final 3 weeks working from observational work - 2D & 3D sketches).
Sculpture as an approach to representing the human form.
We will also combine these approaches: use drawing to support study of the human form; and use a range of 3d media (wire, clay, wood strips) to integrate the two disciplines of drawing and modelling.

What will it be like

Students should be able to do this by the end of the course:
Learn some drawing techniques with reference to the human form.
Learn some modelling techniques in relation to the human form.
Understand some aspects of the representation of the human form: Proportion, anatomy, structure.

Students will be working with reference to a life model for the first half of each 6 week course.
Methods and approaches will be demonstrated, by the tutor.
Feedback on work will be given to the group, and individually by the tutor.
Work will be looked at the end of the course and outcomes assessed in an informal and mutually supportive.
We will review work produced at the end of the course, and assess outcomes in relation to the course outline.

What else do you need to buy or do

All modelling materials and equipment will be provided (please bring your own modelling tools, if preferred).
Students can bring their own drawing media, and are encouraged to have a sketch book.
Basic paper and some drawing media will be provided.
Any visits to galleries or exhibitions, which may be relevant to the course content, and a willingness to share information with the class.

What this course could lead to

Other Mary Ward Centre courses in sculpture including, Thinking and Making, Experimental Sculpture, Develop your Practice in Sculpture. The Foundation and Pre-foundation courses, Advanced Creative Practice. Other life classes.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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