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Figurative Sculpture 

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  • TutorBarbara Pianca
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelBeginners/Improvers

Tue 12 Sep, 7pm – 9pm | 12 wk Term £148 (£134) | Beginners/Improvers Level | Age 18+

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

Who is this course for?
This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous sculpting experience as full tuition is give.

This course is perfect for students interested in the human form and learning to sculpt it in clay. Improvers may have attended mac’s Figurative Sculpture beginners course or similar courses elsewhere and will be able to refine their technique and create new work.

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?

An ideal class for those interested in learning to sculpt the human figure. You will have the opportunity to model in clay from a nude life model, usually holding the same pose for the full duration of the course. The first task set is to produce a scale model of a full figure and finish it so that it can be fired in the kiln. On this course students will get a flavour of the challenges of working in clay and translating the human figure into a successful clay sculpture.

You will learn to develop your observational skills and gain an understanding of scale and proportion. You will be taught clay modelling techniques using an assortment of tools and equipment and how to prepare your finished sculpture for firing in the kiln. Both buff and terracotta clay is available.
Improvers will be able to refine their skills and be encouraged to approach their work in new ways e.g. isolating parts of the body to sculpt and developing more personal representations of form. We aim to rotate models across classes and terms so that improvers should be 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 a finished model 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