Course Code SC1904039
Tutor Ellen Christiansen
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 10th August - 14th August 2020
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 4.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £335
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This week-long course aims to introduce you to the process; to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model.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.

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?

You should bring as much from the below list as possible.  In some cases we can provide selected equipment:

  • Wooden and/or metal modelling tools
  • Callipers for measuring (medium-sized)
  • Metal ruler and/or tape measure
  • Wire cutter
  • Water spray bottle
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Barbecue sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Hand-held mirror
  • Black bin liner
  • Drawing implement (pencil, pen, or charcoal)
  • Sketchpad / loose leaf paper
  • Apron or old clothing
  • Camera for documenting your progress

At the end of the course students are given the option to leave their sculptures for hollowing and firing. There is a charge of £20 for hollowing and £20 for firing. Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired and the piece should normally be ready for collection about 12 weeks after the course ends.  This is payable by card only before leaving the course. A form will need to be completed.

Note: you will need to bring your own life-size bust-peg/armature if you wish to take away your work and are not leaving it to be hollowed out and fired.  The Art Academy provides bust pegs for the course, but these cannot be taken away as they are needed for future courses.  There will not be an option to purchase these.  You would need to decide how you are going to take your sculpture home (if you are not leaving for hollowing and firing). The best way is to carry in the boot of a car with ballast to weigh-down the base (bags of clay are ideal) or on the backseat with a pillow between the sculpture and car seat.

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

Access to a common room and kitchen is limited while distancing measures are in place. It can be used by up to 12 people (from the same class) at scheduled break times only. The kitchen can be used by 1 person at a time for hand washing and waste disposal facilities only.

Students are currently not able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food. Students are able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available. The payment is contactless.

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

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!
  • 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.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

£335.00

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Fee: £335.00