Kiln Formed Glass – SOLD OUT
Course Code: EC1202007
Tutor: Brett Manley
Dates: Tuesdays, 15 January – 19 March 2013
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: All levels
An exploration of the intriguing, magical world of kiln formed glass. Over the 10 weeks of this class you will learn and experiment with many different techniques, including fusing, slumping, stencil decoration, small mould use, making one-off moulds, inclusions, UV bonding and surface decoration. Using these techniques you will build a collection of samples and create a final piece with your favourite glass techniques. Students that have already done the course can continue developing their styles.
Course tutor Brett Manley is not only a skilled teacher, but also a well-respected glassmaker, producing work at vastly different scales, from table pieces to installations.
This course is sold out for January 2013 but will run again from Easter 2013.
Stone Carving – SOLD OUT
Course Code: EC1202010
Course Tutor: Simon Keeley
Course Dates: Wednesdays, 16 January – 20 March 2013
Course Times: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Course Cost: £230 (without stone)
Primarily a practical course, which will lead to an understanding of stone, basic carving techniques and ways of being creative with this wonderful medium. All these aspects will come together in the creation of a finished piece of work.
Students will make sketches of what they would like to carve (plan view, front view and section) to help with understanding the form, before modelling it in clay and then quickly moving into carving.
A note about materials: two types of stone are available, and you will discuss which one to use with your tutor at the start of the course. Payment (cash or cheque) can be made to the tutor on the first day – £26 or £33 per block, depending on the type of stone.
Please note that you will need to have boots with toe caps for this course, in order to protect your feet. They can be purchased quite cheaply (c. £20) on the web or from DIY stores.
Introduction to Sculpture
Course Code: EC1202003
Tutor: Lynne Abrahamson
Dates: Wednesdays, 16 January – 20 March 2013
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Beginners, Intermediate
This course is set up in to two main parts: the first part gives you a structured approach to sculpture skills, particularly in clay, with three weeks of modelling a life figure and two weeks sculpting a portrait; the second part broadens those skills to other materials and encourages the use of creativity and imagination.
The first half of term comprises three weeks of figurative sculpture in clay with a life model and two weeks of portraiture with another life model, also in clay. The second half of term is an introduction to plaster, wire and other materials culminating in a personal project. This can either be a development from the first five weeks of figure work, taking it into other materials in a more abstract style, or a project of your own choice. This will be introduced at the beginning of the course, to give students plenty of time to consider it and collect their own personal materials or found objects, which they might like to incorporate in the piece.
Figure & Portrait Sculpture – SOLD OUT
An ideal class for those interested in learning to sculpt the human figure. Students have the opportunity to model in clay from life models for the full ten weeks. The first five weeks are spent modelling a full-figure and the second five weeks are spent doing a portrait bust. Students get a flavour of the challenges of both disciplines and many come back term after term as they deepen their understanding of both. Beginners are welcome.
The key areas covered are observational skills, clay modelling and preparation for firing.
Hand Built Ceramics
Course Code: EC1202047
Tutor: Jessica Joslin
Dates: Thursdays, 17 January – 21 March 2013
Times: 6:30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
An introduction to the methods and fantastic creative potential of hand built ceramics. Over the 10 weeks the course will cover a variety of topics including studio practice, techniques of handbuilding for sculpture (coiling, pinching, slab building) and decoration, including slip application and glaze mixing. Students will have the opportunity to produced finished works and learn how to load and fire them in a kiln.