This course has concessions available

Sculpture: Figure and Form 1

A structured course leading to sculptures inspired by the human figure and form, using both traditional and new concepts from figurative to abstract, for beginners to intermediate level.
The course is run in two six week blocks with focused projects, 1901 and 1917.

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

Accessible to all people regardless of age and ability and aimed particularly at those wishing to explore the human form as an inspiration for their sculptures, abstract or figurative.

What does this course cover

A structured course where classes are designed to help you develop individual creative work, translating the human form into a vehicle of personal expression and a greater understanding of the use of sculpture materials and tools. Extra support will be offered to those with no previous experience.

You will be encouraged to develop personal ideas, experimenting with both traditional and new concepts. If you are new to sculpture, you will explore two main projects, clay modelling, how to estimate scale and proportion for a sculpture, here referring to the human figure, some armature techniques, working with mixed media. Students of intermediate or higher level are invited to join introductions to specific materials and develop personal projects from there.
All students on the course will be encouraged to plan and develop one personal project, based on the materials available in the class.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate stone carving, plaster casting, metal casting or welding metal in this course.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Build a small clay sculpture,
- Have a basic understanding how to use scale and proportion in your sculpture
- Decide which clay to use for which purpose
- Hollow out an prepare your sculpture for the kiln
- Pursue personal project work including planning and regular self-evaluation of your work, using your sketchbook.

What will it be like

The Tutor will aim to divide time evenly and fairly among all the students in the class.

The course will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion with emphasis on sound and careful technique leading towards strong and successful end results.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation, written handouts with visual diagrams, One-to-one teaching, Short seminars introducing contextual studies, group discussions.

Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions. Use of camera and sketchbook to record, evaluate and develop your work on a regular base. Develop creative expression and aesthetic judgement in your own work, supported by regular peer feed- back and tutor support.

How students are assessed to support the further development of their work: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement, this to support individual learning plans. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

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 seated figure (or animal) This can be used as starting point for a sculpture you would like to create in clay. Your tutor will provide some images 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.
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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.’