Sculpture: Assemblage – Online

Working with packaging and/or found objects this course will be a practical exploration of Asemblage, where students will be introduced to contemporary artists such as Phyllida Barlow whose teaching encouragements are said to have included 'take your raw materials out of the skip in the morning and throw them back afterwards', as well as some historical and conceptual frameworks. This practical course will encourage the making of sculpture using raw materials from the recycle bin, within a conceptual framework, the documentation of it and subsequent recycling.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

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

Tutor Bio: Sarah Pager is a sculptor who has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe, as well as showing in Moscow and the US, and has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards including the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2011, the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize and the Zabludowitz Collection's Future Map in 2010 and Charlie Smith Anthology 2016. Recently, Pager completed a residency at Florence Trust, and held her first European solo show in Brussels.

Who is this course for

The course is suitable for all levels.

What does this course cover

The course will cover contemporary artists who work using assemblage techniques, and also reference some historical and cultural frameworks. Different ready to hand materials and their properties and ways of working with them will be explored and ways of documenting the work will be covered. Group discussion and a supportive critique will enable the students to pursue the subject further.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Construct a small scale sculpture using found materials, have some knowledge of assemblage sculptural techniques, have some knowledge of contemporary artists working this way, document and talk about the work produced.

What will it be like

Teaching methods will include Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Suggest the students have a box or space where they can collect clean recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic containers, and any other natural or found objects which have no practical use.

Stong tape, (eg., duck tape, or gaffer tape), clear sellotape, a sharp knife and/or scissors a safe level work surface, a reel of 1mm gauge zinc coated wire ( easy to find from hardware shops) and a skewer.

Extra study outside the course is encouraged but not necessary, student relevant individual helpful links and references for further study will be advised by the tutor during the course.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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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

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