Course Code EC2102002
Tutor Ellen Christiansen
Course Dates Tuesdays, 18th January - 22nd March 2022
Days 10
Times 6.15pm - 8.45pm
Experience Level Intermediate
Fee £320
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In the intermediate level course you will be making a portrait in clay using a measuring technique originating from stone carving, sight size comparisons and directional light. The emphasis will be on understanding and emphasising the anatomy and structure of the head. The focus will be on establishing the broad planes at first and gradually working toward the more intricate detail. The tutor will assist you with this different language, looking at shadows and light and concentrating on structure. This approach will allow you to discover you own sculptural style.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Intermediate level.

  • 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.

Other course levels include:

  • 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.

  • 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 bring old clothes or an apron as you may get messy!
  • Sculpting tools are available to use in the studio. However, if you have your own tools we would recommend to you to bring them.
  • Bring your own sketchbook if you have one.
  • All materials needed for this course will be provided – this includes materials needed for armature making as well as clay.

No firing and hollowing will be available for this course.

Dependent on interest an optional Moulding weekend at the end of the course would run on the 28th and 29th  March:

  • Saturday Morning  – Moulding – Shimming the selected area and learn to mix plaster to create a one piece waste mould.
  • Saturday Afternoon – Casting – Carefully scooping out the clay to release the mould, we will then clean and seal it before filling with plaster to cast the piece.
  • Sunday Morning – Chipping out – Removing the mould from the cast with a hammer and chisel you will begin to reveal the hard finished copy of your piece, to be either wall mounted or mounted on a base. Time permitting it is possible to patina your piece with a variety of polishes, waxes and stains.

About Your Tutor

ELLEN CHRISTIANSEN

Ellen studied Sculpture at Camberwell Art School under Brian Taylor FRBS and continued to study and work with him after obtaining her Degree.  She had the unique experience of working in his studio throughout 2011. During this time she made a life size sculpture of his dog Lily and worked on portraits of his 2 sons.  She is based in London and is currently working on a series of life size figures inspired by his great unfinished work ‘The Death Cart’ which was intended to be a memorial to the holocaust.

Ellen is a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and has been awarded the Heatherley Prize 2018, The Founders’ Sculpture Prize  2015 as well as Society of Portrait Sculptors’ Talos Prize 2011.

WEBSITE

www.ellenchristiansen.co.uk

Location

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

The common room can be used by individuals from the same class at scheduled break times only.

The kitchen can be used for handwashing and waste disposal facilities only.

Please note, students will not be able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Mugs will not be available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

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!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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£320.00

Places Available!

Fee: £320.00