Sculpture: Wood Sculpture- ONLINE

These are short, practical evening classes to allow students to learn about wood sculpture using a range of tools and techniques, including carving in wood, construction and connections, Personal Safety Equipment ,tool sharpening and wood finishing techniques.

Tutor Bio: Tim specialises in large-scale outdoor Sculptural works, his work draws its inspiration from the surrounding landscape and where possible uses indigenous natural materials, in combination with recycled or engineered parts. Tim has run a wide range of workshops in many different settings. Working on site with groups, constructing large sculptures to running one-day workshops in schools and Community centres.
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

Who is this course for

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

What does this course cover

These 6 week courses offers a formal introduction to the basic techniques materials and processes of sculpting in wood. Inspiration will be drawn from the tutors portfolio and inspirational artists from around the world.
It is not expected the students will have access to the professional tools required for all these Demonstrations.
Students who have workshop facilities or would like to discuss their own personal wood sculpture projects or ideas can use the 1-1 seminar discussion time with the tutor to help answer any questions..
Students will be introduced to the different topics using slide shows, live demonstrations and discussion time.
Students will Explore methods of composition to include accurate observation, drawing for sculpture, measuring techniques and construction of maquettes

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

1. Be inspired and know how Prepare your ideas for making a Piece of sculpture in wood
2. Create a maquette and/or Sculpture proposal sketch
3. Acquire a basic understanding tools required in your chosen material.
4. Develop an understanding of different wood sculpture skills
5. Develop & learn 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

Tools will not be required for this course. However, if you have the facilities for sculpting Carving tools cost approx £20.00 each available from Sculptors suppliers. Warren street, London.

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.
You will need a sketchbook and drawing materials, small model making materials helpful.
ideally use a computer to file and save handouts; a camera or phone camera- to record progression of work.
For the first day on the course, bring a photo, print or or form or ideas you find inspiring. Your tutor can provide some images and ideas as back up.
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

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

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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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.’