What is the course about?
This course is for complete beginners to sculpture. You will be guided through a series of quick and exciting processes including modelling in clay, casting in plaster and constructing a small sculpture, including the use of ‘ready mades‘. You will be shown images of related work made by other artists. Everyone will work alongside each other in a mutually supportive environment in which you will learn from your specialist tutor and each other.
What will we cover?
You will be guided how to
- develop an idea from a brief
- produce preparatory drawings to be translated onto clay
- how to prepare ready- mades as moulds for plaster casts
- use plaster including mixing plaster, application of colour into plaster and pouring
- making a simple small sculpture using mixed media
- you will be introduced to related sculpture by other artists.
- your will receive advice about an appropriate type and level of sculpture course to join, should you become hooked and want to do more.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make a small scale plaster cast
- Explore how to make a small sculpture using mixed media materials
- Have a basic understanding of scale and proportion and how to incorporate this into your work
- Start to use sculpture tools and equipment fit for the day’s activity.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This taster course is for beginners to sculpture who would like to experience the subject first hand.
Students should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be expected to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through practical demonstrations, group and individual discussions and tutorials, slide lectures and personal tuition. A wide range of learning resources and equipment are provided.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic tools and materials are provided. Please bring a sketchbook. You will need to wear sturdy closed shoes
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also go to other sculpture courses such as:
Start carving, Life figurative sculpture in clay, Surface finishes for clay and plaster, Carving in wood and stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire or Prop making
Alternatively, the year-long Build sculpture course helps you to build an individual sculpture practice and culminates in an exhibition in Central London. Ask your tutor for advice or browse the Build website or prospectus for inspiration.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details