Exploring the Third Dimension: Introduction to Sculpture

68 TUTOR: Richard Janes (BA (Hons))

Learn and explore the techniques and skills involved with creating sculpture, the most fundamental art form. This is a full day introductory course, which will investigate clay modelling, working with plaster, block carving and metal construction. Each day, you will cover a different skill and explore how to make a new sculpture, in a new material. While this is a largely practical course, you will also look at the rich history of sculpture. It is advisable to wear clothing that you do not mind getting messy.

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.

Each day will start with a tutorial looking at particular techniques used in sculpting reinforced with examples and demonstrations. These can 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. Eye protection will be provided but if participants have their own (prescription) glasses these should provide ample protection.

Day 1

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, learning and developing skills of modelling Clay including how to keep the modell workable, use of modelling tools and carving and building.

Day 2

Plasterwork work include building an armature working with Plaster Bandage mixing plaster and techniques of applying fluid plaster to the sculptural form.

Day 3

Carving techniques. Using Aeroblock a concrete material students will learn techniques of carving using rasps and chisels to carve a sculpture from the block. This will be dusty work potentially and dust masks will be supplied as required

Day 4

Working with Aluminium wire and Mesh to create a metal sculpture looking at the particular challenges of joining metal without using heat.

Day 5

Finishing your sculptures and looking at plinthing and display, surface treatments and finishes. Exhibition and critique of works.

Course Tutor

Richard Janes

Richard Janes

BA (Hons)

About Richard

Richard Janes BA (Hons) is an award winning artist with over 20 years experience making beautiful objects. His work can be seen across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and in private collections. He studied under Ray Mears at the Woodlore School of the Outdoors where he made his first spoon 8 years ago and has been whittling ever since. He has been commissioned by The National Trust, has exhibited at Tate England and has lectured at Nottingham Trent University. www.richardjanes.co.uk

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM