Sculpture: Inspired By The Classics
Working from existing sculpture at a London Museum location t.b.a., this course is offered for those already familiar with working from life as an opportunity for them to expand their range of subject matter and develop ways of working away from the figure which will enable them to more closely identify their core interests and progress their artistic practice. The first session will be spent on site, sketching and photographing, and the subsequent sessions will be at the Mary Ward Sculpture Studio, sculpting from the on-site documentation.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Who is this course for
This course is offered for those already familiar with working from life as an opportunity for them to expand their range of subject matter and develop ways of working away from the figure which will enable them to more closely identify their core interests and progress their artistic practice. The course aims to operate in a friendly mutually supportive atmosphere as in working away from the model, the students will be encouraged to be more engaged with each other, sharing knowledge and insight of this way of working, and through discussion helping each other see core concerns emerging from their study.
What does this course cover
The course focusses on working from classical sculpture, the first day working on drawings inspired by the classical sculpture, and students can decide which piece they wish to reference. Sketches will be made from the pieces and photographs taken. Following this research period the students will work on their own interpretation of whichever sculpture has inspired them at the Mary Ward Sculpture Studio. Work will be mainly in clay, including making an armature, and once completed, firing, however students can also work in other media, including wire and plaster.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identify areas of specific interest in order to develop artistic practice.
A wider historical understanding of sculpture and composition.
An understanding of tools to employ including the use of sketching and photography when working away from the figure, and how to use them.
A piece of work to be collected in the future.
What will it be like
The students will receive a handout, in advance of starting the course, which will have a brief
introduction including historical contextualisation of the works at the site, and examples of
contemporary artists who work from or reference existing artwork and artists, including Albert
Oehlen, Rebecca Warren, amongst others. There will be an initial discussion to familiarise the group with each other and install a sense of group unity, this is important as I hope the class will also be a friendly and mutually supportive environment. Any specific health needs will be taken into account, and students will be informed of any specific health and safety issues, including fire exits and exit protocol.
Once they are working from their chosen piece, I will be able to go about the group with one-to-one teaching, and there will be time scheduled for friendly group discussion, to enable knowledge sharing and further direction.
What else do you need to buy or do
The most important is comfortable shoes and clothes.
Sketchbook and drawing materials, (hb pencil, sharpener, eraser as a minimum, shading sticks - conte black, white, grey and warm earth colour can also be used).
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.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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.’