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Summer School Sculpture

Mass Installation / Large Scale Sculptural Ceramics Masterclass

INTRODUCTION_TO_SCULPTURE_1Course Code: SC1604054
Tutor: Fiamma Colonna Montagu
Dates: Monday – Friday, 24th  – 28th July 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £340

This course offers students an exciting and unusual opportunity to consider making large scale art works; either by constructing them in many parts/sections and attaching to an armature, or for those wishing to make large sculptures in one piece.
This course aims to introduce to both beginners and advanced students the wonders of using clay as a sculptural material giving a chance to explore a range of hand building techniques to create a larger scale sculpture. Coiling, slabbing, straightforward hand building and press moulding techniques will be used in conjunction with basic decorative finishes such as oxides and slips.
As the intent of this course is to produce larger scale work, there will be an additional firing fee that needs to be accommodated. For those making one large piece, a specific clay will be required that can sustain the weight of the sculpture.

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Sculpture for All

INTRODUCTION_TO_SCULPTURE_1Course Code: SC1604003
Tutor: Patricia Barker
Dates: Monday – Friday, 31st July – 4th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This is the ideal dual opportunity to have a full sculptural experience over 5 days, of both figure modelling in clay and working in plaster and mixed media to develop your own creative idea. For three days you will be working in clay from a life model, learning observational and measuring techniques of the figure. The following two days begin with both practical and thought provoking exercises followed by your own creative time and freedom to realise and develop an individual interest. This combination of sculptural techniques and skills provides a broad approach for further sculptural progression. The course is suitable for those with no previous experience or those who wish to develop further.

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Dynamic Figure & Portrait

INTRODUCTION_TO_SCULPTURE_1Course Code: SC1604038
Tutor: Jessica Wetherly
Dates: Monday – Friday, 31st July – 4th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This course focuses on teaching students to use the human form to express emotion, energy and character through working on a series of sculptures. Students will focus on understanding how to use different forms and compositions to express the character of the pose and to understand subtlety in the choice in forms, textures and materials.
This course offers students an opportunity to work with different materials, to try something a bit different and loosen up your sculptural techniques. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students. Our experienced tutor will show beginners a step-by-step approach to figure modelling, and will work with more advanced students to push their work forward in their own way. Working with small dynamic standing poses in Super Sculpey as well as two seated poses in clay.

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Kiln Formed Glass

KILN_FORMED_GLASS_2Course Code: SC1604007
Tutor: Maria Zulueta
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

A comprehensive introduction to the various techniques of kiln formed glass as well as a brief study of the history of glass-making. This is an all round opportunity to experiment with ideas and technical glass making skills from a sculptural perspective that progresses to completing an independent project.
The course covers model and mould making using a variety of mould making materials, approaches kiln formed glass techniques and starting points such as open casting, fusing and slumping. You will be taught how to cut, clean and arrange glass in preparation for fusing and slumping into a basic bowl shape. A short project will be set to encourage you to adopt an experimental approach using mould making refractory open cast processes. You will be shown how to use coloured glass to create a 3D sculptural glass form of your own design. You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual instruction and learn from hands on experience. Through looking at both contemporary and historical works you will discover the potential of the medium of glass.

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Creative Mix

Course Code: SC1604030
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

The Creative Mix is an ideal way to explore a variety of artistic methods. Over the five days, students will work through various exercises in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. This is a great ‘taster’ course and an excellent opportunity to both develop skills and get creative with your own ideas.

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Introduction to Wood Carving

KILN_FORMED_GLASS_2Course Code: SC1604011
Tutor: TBC
Dates: Monday – Friday, 14th – 18th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

Wood is one of the most natural and alive of materials. Due to the grains and textures of various woods there is an unique dimension of surprise and creativity from the material itself. Wood carving opens the way to explore many other kinds of carving. This course will take you through all the basic principles of wood carving enabling you to carve a sculpture in wood. Creative possibilities and methods relating to this unique medium will also be introduced for you to incorporate and explore in your final sculpture.

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Portrait Sculpture Masterclass with Hazel Reeves

Course Code: SC1604053
Tutor: Hazel Reeves
Dates: Monday – Friday, 14th – 18th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Fee: £340

Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This course aims to build upon your previous experience [Intermediate/Advanced] to further how to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model. Refresh, renew or find alternative ways of looking through group and individual discussion with your tutor, Hazel Reeves MRBS SWA FRSA, who is a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, on the Council of the Society of Women Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts . Whether setting out a portrait head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method and/or searching for a more expressive manner of approach, you will benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural experience.

Hazel will take you through the tried-and-tested method she uses to set up a life-size portrait for a commission. This approach ensures the portrait is structurally-sound before moving-on to working on the detail of features. A likeness will slowly emerge over the five days.

There will be the option to leave your finished sculpture for hollowing and firing for an additional fee.

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Introduction to Stone Carving

STONE_CARVING_MASTERCLASS_1Course Code: SC1604010
Tutor: Bobbie Fennick
Dates: Monday – Friday, 21st – 25th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

Primarily this is a practical course. You will gain a structured understanding of stone as a material, learn basic carving techniques and discover ways of being creative with this wonderful medium. Through practising all of these aspects, they will come together in the creation of your finished piece of work. Using your initial sketches of what you would like to carve (plan view, front view and section) to help understand the form before modelling it in clay, followed by one-to-one discussion, you will then quickly move into carving to progress your ideas into stone.

Please note that there is an additional fee for initial purchase of stone, varying depending on the type of stone you wish to use. Art Academy staff are able to advise ahead of booking. You will also be required to wear steel toe-capped boots (safety boots) during this class.

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“Freeing Up” Your Creativity

Course Code: SC1604015
Tutor: Lorna Carmen McNeill
Dates: Monday – Friday, 21st – 25th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This course is designed to help you “free up” your creativity by exploring a range of art materials and approaches which will promote unexpected creative discovery. You will have the opportunity to create a series of art pieces, exploring a concept of your choice which the tutor will help you to identify, culminating in your own unique creation. This course facilitates active experimentation and an exploration of creativity via all your senses. It will help to give you the confidence and discernment to realise which areas of artistic expression you wish to explore next.

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Portrait Sculpture Masterclass with Ellen Christiansen

Course Code: SC1604036
Tutor: Ellen Christiansen
Dates: Tuesday – Friday, 29th August – 1st September 2017
Days: 4
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Fee: £275

Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This course aims to build upon your previous experience [Intermediate/Advanced] to further how to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model. Refresh, renew or find alternative ways of looking through group and individual discussion with your experienced tutor, Ellen Christiansen, winner of Talos Award with Society of Portrait Sculptors and winner of the 2014/15 Founders’ Sculpture Prize. Setting out a head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method of approach, you will benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural progression.

Studying the human head is a doorway to a world of exciting sculptural possibilities. Ellen employs a measuring technique used for scaling up (and down) and in stone carving. Looking at the head through this technique, preconceived notions are challenged and one begins to develop a heightened awareness of structure, form and symmetry.
In addition to guiding each student individually, Ellen will also be demonstrating how she uses this ‘box measuring’ technique by working on her own portrait over the 5 days.

There will be the option to leave your finished sculpture for hollowing and firing for an additional cost.

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Pewter Casting using the “Lost Wax” Technique

Course Code: SC1604032
Tutor: Robert Worley MRBS
Dates: Tuesday – Friday, 29th August – 1st September 2017
Days: 4
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: Beginner
Fee: £250

This practical course is suitable for beginners and experienced artists who want to experiment with metal cast sculpture. Pewter is a metal that can be cast and finished in your own studio, with relatively basic equipment, and without the need of a foundry. Pewter is a silver coloured tin metal alloy which melts at low temperatures. During the course you will model a sculpture in wax, learn how to cast in pewter using plaster waste moulds and the ‘lost wax’ casting technique.
Bring your own ideas or come with an open mind and be inspired to work with new materials and sculpture techniques. This is a practical workshop based course with one to one and group guidance from the tutor.

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