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Sculpture: Inspired By Life

Work directly from the model for the first six weeks of each term, then pursue your own projects, e.g. make a mould, a portrait head, or a carving based on earlier figure studies.

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Who is this course for

The course is accessible to all people who have an interest in creating sculpture from a life model. Some previous experience of working from a life model could be an advantage, as the usual length of the pose is 6 weeks.

What does this course cover

The course explores a variety of different materials, methods and concepts of sculpture.
We will work from the life model for the first six weeks. In the latter part ideas will be developed from the initial studies.
It may be that you will want to develop your work as a carving in wood, or perhaps as a cast in plaster or cement (or even bronze using the castle foundry free wax offer) - please talk to your tutor about these additional costs.

The course offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques and materials through demonstration, practice and discussion.
Evidence of students work is recorded on a regular basis. This will include photographs, written progress reports, sketchbooks, and other documentation.
You will work on individual projects. We encourage opportunities to share progress with peers. This allows for cross-fertilization of ideas, experience and development.

What you should be able to do by the end of the course

1. Create a piece of sculpture working from a life model.
2. Make informed choices about the direction of a piece of sculpture based on observation, imagination intellectual and emotional responses.
3. Apply techniques for making a successful sculpture e.g. construction of armatures.
4. Awareness of health and safety working practices relevant to sculpting processes, and particularly working with hazardous materials.

What will it be like

Each student will be expected to keep a notebook/sketchbook and record of work in progress both as a source of imagination and ideas and as an aid to the self-assessment process.

The tuition is more often than not one-to-one, but there are also tutor demonstrations and presentations.

More experienced students will be encouraged to help and advise new or less experienced students whenever possible.

Students will be encouraged to analyze, interpret, appraise and evaluate their work. This may take the form of a group discussion or individual consultation with the tutor or fellow students. The assessment will be geared to individual needs as appropriate.

What else do you need to buy or do

The department provides some basic materials (clay to the value of £10 per term). Students will have to pay for specialized materials such as silicon rubber. Costs for equipment will be between £5 and £25 per term depending on your choice of materials.

What this course could lead to

Past students have progressed to exhibiting and selling their work, and have successfully applied for and completed degree courses in sculpture and art and design. Students stated that their lives have been given renewed meaning through continued study and practice, and many students return year after year.

Students can also progress to other courses at the Mary Ward Centre, for example, Access into Art or Pre-foundation and professional art practice.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

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.

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.’