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Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary ways to sculpt the human figure in clay. 

What will you learn on this course? 

This course is for students who will learn sculpting the human form in clay, and develop your 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 with buff, terracotta and crank clays. There may be the option to fire and glaze completed works. 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 one finished sculpture 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. 

Who is this course for? 

This course is for adults aged 18+ years and is designed for all levels, beginners, improvers and advanced practitioners as our tutor will tailor the class to your skill level. 

This course is perfect for students interested in the human form and learning to sculpt it in clay. 

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. 

Do you need to bring anything? 

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Please note that due to current quarantine measures in place at MAC a limited amount of equipment will be available for each course, so please bring your own if you are able to - this will help us to ensure that all learners have access to what they need. 

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 plus a small additional to cost to fire. 

Who teaches this course? 

Barbara Pianca 

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