This course has concessions available

Carving (Evening)

These are short, practical evening classes to allow students to explore Carving using a range of materials and techniques, including carving in wood.

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

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Who is this course for

The course is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture and carving. Sculpture manifests an enormous diversity of forms and can mean many things to many people, and the courses has benefited from the mixed abilities and diversity within the group.

What does this course cover

This 8 week course offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques materials and processes of carving in wood. Inspiration will be drawn from imagination and/or observation of natural forms and the work of other artists.
The tutor will suggest projects and discuss ideas for works when appropriate.
Students will develop spatial, proportional and visual awareness. Explore methods of composition to include accurate observation, drawing for sculpture, measuring techniques and construction of maquettes in clay. The centre provides relatively small pieces of lime wood or jelutong, included in the course fees. Students who wish to use different carving wood need to purchase their own.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Produce Finished Pieces of sculpture in wood
2. Acquire a comprehensive carving technique in your chosen material.
3. Develop carving skills and work on individual carving projects.
4. Learn finishing techniques such as polishing & mounting
Additional objectives for returning learners:
5. Develop & practice techniques towards achieving individual carving 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 with particular emphasis on sound and careful technique to ensure a strong and successful end result.
The tutor will divide their 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 end of the term.
Students will be encouraged to evaluate their own work through group discussion with fellow students and self-appraisal.

What else do you need to buy or do

Costs will vary according to materials chosen, which when-ever possible will be provided by the Centre at a cost. Carving tools cost approx £15.00 each.
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. Space is limited, so works can't be too large and there is a 7kg weight restriction.

You will need a sketchbook and drawing materials,
If possible, bring a cardboard folder to file and save handouts; a camera or phone camera- to record progression of work. Should a camera be difficult to access bring a memory stick if you can. For the first day on the course, bring a photo or print of a figure or animal or form you find inspiring. Your tutor will provide some images and ideas as back up.

Students are asked to bring their own protective clothing such as an old shirt, overall or apron to wear in the studio, to remove and wash between sessions. A small personal hand towel is also required. Before and after using any shared tools, students will be asked to wash their hands. We strongly advice that you bring and wear a face protector, such as a face mask. When in the workshop, we recommend to wear strong shoes or boots
All work created on the course need to be sufficiently small to be carried and stored by the student without assistance through a second person.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre. There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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.’