Sustainable Sculpture

This classes focuses on working for several weeks to build and complete a sculpture from a life model. Choose to work on a full figure or portrait in terracotta, direct plaster or other processes. Accessible to all people regardless of age and ability and aimed particularly at those with an interest in working with the human form as a focus.

Who is this course for

Not just using junk in interesting ways but looking for sustainable ethical methods of both sourcing materials and producing art works that promote environmental issues and celebrate nature and landscape.

A new course exploring ways to make and finish pieces of sculpture using techniques and materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly.

This course is accessible to all people regardless of age or level of experience.

What does this course cover

We will explore the work of artists known for their environmentally aware or ethical stance to making sculpture
Experiment with materials and techniques that have a minimal impact on the environment and are as much as possible sustainable.
Within this remit to explore and learn traditional and modern sculpture techniques processes and practice.
You may wish to bring in source materials from nature or forage for scrap. Wood, the most readily available and greenest of all materials, can be found in Parks and Wood land, Skips, or drift wood from the beach.

By the end you will:
Make finished pieces of sculpture that could be described as green, environmentally sensitive and aware.
Know the work of artists working in related ways.

What will it be like

Each student will be encouraged to use a notebook/sketchbook to keep a record of work in progress both as a source of imagination and ideas and as an aid to the self-assessment process.

A digital camera is available for photographing work in progress.

An introductory project will be suggested by the tutor, leading towards individual idea development and students work.

Students will appreciate that in a class of mixed abilities and projects, the tuition is more often than not one to one and consequently students will be expected to be self reliant and patient until such time as their needs can be attended to. More experienced students will be encouraged to help and advise the less experienced.

Students will be encouraged to analyse and evaluate their own work. This may take the form of a friendly discussions with the tutor or fellow students.

What else do you need to buy or do

We will source natural and sustainable materials such as Wood, Clunch (soft limestone).
We will recycle materials such Clay, Papier mache' and scrap.
Explore the use of found objects.
Employ casting techniques that use latex rubber alginate or gelatine and avoid synthetic silicon rubbers resins and toxic chemicals.

Space is limited, so works can't be large and there is a 7kg weight restriction.

What this course could lead to

Students on other of my courses have gone on to work in many different fields.
For example model making for film and TV, Anatomical model making and various other art and craft applications, as well as exhibiting their work in exhibitions, shows etc. You may also consider taking further courses at the Mary Ward Centre, for example, Access into Art or Pre-foundation.

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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.’