Start carving

Course Dates: 08/03/20 - 22/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Belinda Edwards

Have you ever tried carving in wood? Be guided by an expert tutor to learn basic techniques materials and processes of carving and carve a small piece of sculpture using hand carving tools. For complete beginners.


What is the course about?

This course aims to develop your understanding of sculpture through the medium of wood carving.
We will be looking at techniques, tools, types of wood, how to develop an idea from a maquette to the completed work. Everyone will have time to work at their own speed supported by your tutor.

What will we cover?

- develop a suitable maquette of your idea in clay or plasticine to test the idea
- how to transfer the idea on a small block of wood
- develop an understanding of scale and proportion
- how to develop a small carving from the initial idea to the finished project
- how to look after carving tools
- how to handle carving tools safely
- study the work of other sculptors, working in a range of carving materials.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- develop a suitable maquette of your idea in clay or plasticine
- transfer the idea on a small block of wood
- know at least two types of wood suitable for carving and suppliers
- develop a simple small carving from the initial idea to the finished project
- handle carving tools and be aware of related health and safety issues.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is beginners level in wood carving.
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, one to one support, 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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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 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

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VU203

Sun, day, 08 Mar - 22 Mar '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £199.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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