Sculpture: Mixed Media

Explore a wide range of traditional and less conventional techniques and materials.

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Who is this course for

The course is accessible to all people regardless of age or experience, who have an interest in sculpture. Sculpture means many things to many people, and past courses have benefitted from the diversity within the student group.

What does this course cover

The course aims to promote a multi-media approach with an opportunity to explore many different materials and concepts of sculpture. There is opportunity to experiment with constructions in paper, card, wood and paper-mache, and to model in clay or wax. Inspiration will be drawn from imagination and/or observation of natural forms and the work of other artists. The course offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques and materials through demonstration, practice and discussion. Students will have the opportunity to develop individual approaches, and to experiment with new materials such as paper clay.

Students will learn develop and improve skills, techniques and ideas through their self and identify individual project.

By the end students will be able to:
1. Explore a range of materials techniques and processes for making sculpture.
2. Understand the characteristic properties of different materials e.g. clay, wood, plaster etc.

3. Identify & use appropriate materials and processes to confidentlyachieve a self-identified project

4. Develop spatial, proprtional & visual awareness

Returning learners:
5 Develop ideas & techniques towards an individual project and style.

Students are encouraged to identify their own personal learning objectives.

What will it be like

Each student will be encouraged to keep a notebook/sketch book and record of work in progress both as a source of imagination and ideas and as an aid to the self-assessment process. A digital camera is available for photography work in progress.

An initial consultation with the tutor will establish the level of experience of each student and then a project will be decided on that will usually last the duraytion of the term.

We will keep a record of this project. This could take the form of a series of photographs, a regularly updated description, a series of entries in a sketchbook, or more recently a blog. Students will be encouraged to analyse, interpret, appraise and evaluate their work week by week in consultation with the tutor and keep a record of their progress.

Learning will be monitored via a brief self-assessment form which will be used three times during the course. Students applying for QCF accreditattion will be assessed by the tutor against a unit of credit. This will be explained by the tutor during the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

The department provides basic materials, such as terracotta clay, plaster, and cement. You will be expected to provide your own dust mask safety goggles and suitable protective footwear. Casting materials can be very expensive, and as our funds are limited students are expected to pay for specialized materials such as silicon rubber.

If you asre using clay you will be expected to pay for firing once you have exceeded a quota.
Students will receive individual advice appropriate to their personal goals and needs. 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. We aim to promote an autonomous approach to developing art practice therefore visits to art galleries, research, is encouraged.

What this course could lead to

Past students have progressed to exhibiting and selling their work. At the end of the year we usually have a student exhibition. The exhibition is open to all and is a great opportunity to show and possibly sell your work.

Many students have successfully applied for and completed degree courses in sculpture and art and design.

Students can also take accredited courses at Mary Ward Centre, including QCF, Foundation into Art, Pre-foundation and Professional Practice for artists course.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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