Discover the Third Dimension: Sculpting in Metal

62 TUTOR: Richard Janes (BA Hons)

Discover the techniques and skills in creating Sculpture in Metal, from modern materials to ancient casting and beating techniques we will explore the unique qualities of metal as a sculptural medium. This is an all-day introductory course which will investigate wire modelling, metal manipulation and joining, copper beating (raising) and simple pewter casting. Each day will explore a different skill and how to realise a new sculpture in a new material. This will be a practical course which will also look at the rich history of sculpture. Suitable clothing for messy creating should be worn.

3 Full Day
Full day course

Course Notes

This is a practical course with each day covering different techniques and skills in sculpting. During the sessions, each student will work on a piece of sculpture and will learn the skills to develop this artwork. The emphasis will be put strongly on practical work we will be using examples to work from, but students will be able to create their own work.

Each day will start with a short lecture looking at examples from the great artists that sculpted in the particular materials and techniques to be used during the day. This will be followed by a short practical tutorial looking at particular techniques used in sculpting reinforced with examples and demonstrations. These will be followed in a step-by-step method to learn the basic skills needed. There will then be a practical session where these techniques are applied. Towards the end of the session there will be a group critique of the artworks, looking at what has been achieved during the class, this will be finished with a look at what the next day holds.

During the practical sessions, there will be one to one practical tutorials with each member of the group looking in particular at how to realise their work. This will involve the aesthetic qualities of their creation as well as practical tips and knowledge.

While all tools, safety equipment and materials are provided it is recommended that participants wear older clothes and an apron. Eye protection will be provided but if participants have their own (prescription) glasses these should provide ample protection.


Introduction to tutor and to sculpture with a short lecture on the amazing history of sculpture.

Tutorial on tools and techniques. Demonstration of techniques for getting started, including health and safety. Where to source tools and materials.

Start practical work, work with Aluminium mesh and wire to create delicate and captivating forms based around the works of Naum Gabo and Richard Deacon


Cutting and shaping metal and learning about its peculiar qualities. Building on day 1 techniques of cutting to develop skills in joining metal through riveting, bolting and folding, to create a robust sculpture using the work of Anthony Caro and Richard Serra as inspiration


Exploring the copper beating and how precious metal is beaten including limited use of heat to anneal the copper to allow it to be worked into bowls and curved forms from plain sheet. Looking to Silvermith Hiroshi Suzuki to inspire.


Carving or modelling small forms in Wax or Air-dry clay we will then use small sand cast formers to make moulds which then have Pewter poured in to realise our small sculptures into Cast Metal. The cast art of the Vikings will provide inspiration.


Finishing your sculptures and looking at surface treatments polishing and finishes. Exhibition and critique of works.


Course Tutor

Richard Janes

BA Hons

About Richard


Richard Janes BA (Hons) is an award-winning artist with over 25 year's experience designing and making sculptures. His sculptural Public Artworks can be seen across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and in private collections. He has been commissioned by The National Trust, has exhibited at Tate England and teaches at Nottingham Trent University.



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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM