What is the course about?
This course introduces you to wire as a sculptural medium.
What will we cover?
You will learn how manipulate this flexible medium to make sculpture. You will learn to use different sorts of wire (linear wire, chicken wire and wire mesh) to build up shape and form in a variety of ways. You will look at a number of abstract and figurative sculptors for inspiration and will be encouraged to develop your own ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the type of designs that are suitable for creating in wire
- Create a small piece of sculpture in wire
- Appreciate the work of sculptors working in wire
- Be aware of safe working practices.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners and stduents with experience are equally welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
As a whole group, in smaller groups and plenty of one to one.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
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
A sketchbook may be useful and relevant exhibitions for you to visit will be recommended.
Stout shoes must be worn in the Sculpture studio.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The sculpture department offers a programme of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced as well as learn a range of techniques. For example, we offer a number of longer courses that concentrate on metal sculpture: VU987 and VU984.
The Sculpture Personal Project Course (VU205, VU983) offers broad scope for development or you could join specific specialist courses like Carving in Wood or Stone (VU805, VU818, VU820) or Introduction to prop making (VU980) to further your skills.
You may also go to other sculpture courses such as Introduction to sculpture, Carving in wood and stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire or Prop making
Alternatively, the year-long Build sculpturecourse (VU841) 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