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Sculpture: Porcelain and Paper Clay

Explore and experiment with paper clay and paper porcelain, using ceramic techniques specifically for sculpture.

Who is this course for

This course is for those who wish to explore a range of materials and techniques to build sculptures using paper clay and porcelain and includes beginner's level slip casting.
It is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture.

What does this course cover

The course offers a formal introduction to basic techniques, materials and processes of sculpting with paper clay and paper porcelain including 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. This can include the exploration of methods to create compositions, accurate observation and evaluation of your work, drawing to test ideas for your sculpture in its early stages, measuring techniques, the construction of simple maquettes and the possibilities of the application of colour.
NB: Only relatively small pieces of clay sculptures are appropriate for this course.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Produce finished pieces of sculpture in paper clay or paper porcelain
2. Develop clay sculpture skills and work on individual projects.
3. Learn finishing techniques such as underglaze painting & glazing, using simple glazes and oxides.
Additional objectives for returning learners:
4. Develop & practice techniques towards achieving individual clay sculpture projects
Specific learning objectives are set according to individual requirements of the student and may well include things not listed here. The tutor will discuss students' aims and objectives at the start of the course.

What will it be like

The course will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion. Learners will be encouraged to explore their own personal approach, developing confidence & skills in a creative, exciting and supportive learning environment. The tutor will divide her time equally amongst all the students in the class.
Students' work will be regularly recorded with photographs, written progress reports, copies of sketchbooks, Blogs or other documentation. Assessment is given on a regular basis by direct personal consultation with the tutor, and reference to project records.
Each student is expected to identify, where possible, specific learning aims and objectives to be assessed at the beginning and end of the course.
Students will be encouraged to evaluate their own work through group discussion with fellow students and self- appraisal.
The course does not include any homework but students might enjoy testing out ideas by drawing in their sketchbooks in between teaching days.

What else do you need to buy or do

Expenses will vary according to materials chosen, which whenever possible will be provided by the Centre at a cost. Basic clay modelling tools will be provided. We recommend students to have an A4 sketchbook or sketchpad to use alongside the course.
What we expect you to do outside the class: 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.
The course does not include any homework but students might enjoy testing out ideas by drawing in their sketchbooks in between teaching days.
Space is limited, so works can't be too large and there is a 7kg weight restriction.

What this course could lead to

Students may take further courses at the Mary Ward Centre. For example you may decide to explore ceramics for sculpture, mixed media sculpture or carving.
You can also progress to the Foundation into Art or Pre-foundation courses at The Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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