What is the course about?
This will be an introduction and investigation into the structure and musculature of the human figure using the life model as reference.
You will use all this information to create your own sculpture in wax using traditional aluminium armature and modelling skills.
What will we cover?
• Basic anatomy of the human form
• How to make observational working drawings and measurements of the life-model including measurements to make a working armature.
• How make and construct an armature for standing pose
• Introduction to wax modelling.
• How to make critical decisions making skills in relation to their own artwork and self-expression, as a member of the group.
• The history of wax sculptures.
• Introduction to the safe use of equipment, materials and procedures and practice in the sculpture studio.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have an understanding of the major bones in the skeleton and muscle groups in the human form.
• Name and illustrate how to make preparatory observational drawings and measurements ready for sculpture.
• Gather, prepare, and construct an aluminium armature for a standing pose.
• Use an armature to demonstrate improved wax modelling skills towards finished sculpture.
• Work independently & make aesthetic judgements to develop self-expressed finished sculpture.
• Name 3 artists and/or cultures using wax as a sculptural medium.
• Work safely with the materials, equipment and procedures of the subject.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All levels welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be whole group and small group demonstrations and plenty of 1:1 help. There will be the opportunity for small group evaluations and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials are provided. No extra costs.
You should bring a sketchbook/notebook, pencil and camera.
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 courses that concentrate on modelling from the figure: VU790 VU791 and VU792 while the Build Sculpture course will help you to build an individual sculpture practice and exhibit your work.
You could join specific specialist courses like Carving in Stone (VU805) to further your skills. Please ask your tutor for advice.
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