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Figurative Sculpture  

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  • TutorBarbara Pianca
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelImprovers/Advanced

Tue 17 Apr, 10am – 12pm | 12 wk Term £148 (£134) | Improvers/Advanced Level | Age 18+

A course for students experienced in sculpting the human figure in clay who would like to develop their own artistic style.

Who is this course for?
This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open improvers and advanced students. You should have previous sculpting experience such as attending mac’s Figurative Sculpture Beginners / Improvers course or similar courses elsewhere and be confident in basic clay sculpting techniques, working in a studio and preparing your work for firing.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with the clay and the tools. Students may bring their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?
This course is for students with previous experience of sculpting the human form in clay and are interested in developing their own artistic style and technique. You will have the opportunity to model in clay from a nude life model who may hold several poses over the course duration allowing you to create for more than one sculpture. There will be more emphasis on this course on developing your observational skills and translating these into more personal representations of the human form, moving away from making a direct copy of the model. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore different approaches that will help you to find your own artistic methods and style.

You will be working in mac’s fully equipped sculpture studio where both buff and terracotta clay is available. On this course you will also learn about the application of glazes. We aim to rotate life models across classes and terms so that students are able to work from a different subject than on a previous course.

Coming on this course is a great way to experience working with other like-minded people in a relaxed studio environment.
By the end of the course you should have two finished sculptures that will then be fired for you to take home. Please note the clay must dry out before firing so your model will be available to collect 4-5 weeks later.

There is a short break in the middle of each class.

Do you need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?
Each student is allocated a fixed amount of clay to work with. If you want to produce work that uses more than this it will be at an extra cost. Roughly £7 per large bag of clay.

Who teaches this course?
Barbara Pianca