The purpose of this course is to give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of sculptural forms, language, materials and processes. Throughout the class the tutor supports each of you individually to develop your own approach and visual language through the exploration of materials and techniques. Some may also wish to focus on a particular area of interest or line of enquiry. For those wishing to explore materials or who are unsure about which materials to use for their ideas, there is a core course to follow. This core course follows a number of structured exercises that enables you to experiment with the different materials and processes introduced. When working from the model, the emphasis of the exercises is to create sculpture using the life model as reference, rather than doing a technical study. Those who do not wish to follow the core course can work on their own projects in this class.
The availability of a life-model for part of the course allows students to use the human form to express emotion, energy or character and question what the human form/body means to them as a source of artistic inspiration. This in turn leads to a more developed understanding of how to use all sculptural form (figurative or abstract) and to understand the subtlety needed when choosing the appropriate formal language, materials and processes to best express their sculptural ideas. All of these aspects will equally be covered as structural/compositional principles to suit their needs should you not wish to use the model as reference.
The tutor will carefully take you through a creative process, with structured guidance in the creative and technical processes. Students are free to create sculptures at any scale and in the material of their choice. This programme is an important opportunity to develop the skills to create sculptures that have expression as well as being technically accomplished.