Course Code EC1903034
Tutor Charles Lang
Days 10
Course Dates Wednesdays, 15th April - 17th June 2020
Times 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £270
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

‘Sculpting in Metal’ gives you the opportunity to explore various practical processes involved in metal sculpting over a period of 10 weeks. The course is designed for students who have no experience in metalwork as well as those who wish to hone their skills in certain areas. This course is an excellent opportunity to work on individual projects in a workshop with an experienced tutor. You will receive as much guidance as you require from your tutor, with theoretical and technical assistance throughout the 10 weeks.

The course provides the required knowledge, practical skills, and Health and Safety guidance to work with welders, angle grinders, plasma cutters as well as other tools and machinery in a workshop environment, leading, when you are ready, to the independent development of your own sculpture(s).

You will cover the basic theoretical attributes of metal and its connotations within art and will learn about artists such as Richard Serra, Tony Cragg, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Deacon, Barbra Hepworth, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and Nigel Hall.

You will gain the skills to be able to develop your own sculpture, or series of sculptures within your practice. You will have individual feedback with the tutor and group feedback on your projects.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Please wear Flame Retardant overalls/clothing and steel toecap shoes. We’re afraid you will not be able to use the workshop unless you wear the correct clothing and shoes, due to safety standards. You cannot buy these in the Academy, so please make sure that you get hold of these before the course start. There are number of shops which offer these online.

You should also bring a sketchbook/notebook and pen/pencil to make notes and sketch ideas.

If you wish you can purchase materials on site: Our workshop provides steel in various different forms, available for purchase by the meter. On this course, you will be mostly using circular and square bars, but more options are available to purchase from the studio, so you don’t need to bring anything into the studio, unless you want to.

About Your Tutor


Charlie Lang joined the Art Academy in 2018. Prior to this he completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, before moving to London and completing a MFA in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art. He has worked as a freelance technician and has worked in collaboration with TURF gallery, RISE Gallery and Croydon Art Store to run various workshops for people of all ages. He has taken part of residencies in galleries in Croydon, Wimbledon and Canary Wharf. He has shown work in galleries in Bermondsey, Croydon, Wimbledon, Hackney Wick, St Pancras, & Chelsea. His art practice investigates brutalist & industrial materials and their connotations. He creates large scale concrete and steel sculptures.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £270.00