This course is great for beginners and experienced artists alike. The tutors, who are clay animal artists, specialise in a form of contemporary clay modelling which pushes clay to its limits - it's a fast, easy to learn technique which brings life, energy and grace to your creations.
The principles of the technique are introduced through a series of short demonstrations. The rest of the time will be spent making your own clay animals with guidance and support every step of the way. Once completed, your masterpieces will be dried out and then fired in the kilns.
You can expect to make a wall mounted animal portrait head, a reclined or seated animal and a four legged standing animal or wall mounted full animal.
On the first evening you are introduced to techniques, and you should be prepared to do some preparation of your armatures in the evenings and James and Alison will be in the studio to assist you for a proportion of this time.
Whilst there will not be the time to glaze your pieces on the course, James will show you how it is done. You can then return to the College on a glazing day to bring your pieces to life with colour.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Alison Pink's work in the veterinary world, alongside her lecturing in anatomy, gave her a sound knowledge of animal structure and movement. She works to commission from her studio and teaches people of all ages.
Grandson to Ladybird Children's Book Illustrator Brian Price Thomas, James started creating from a young age and is inspired by nature. He began teaching over 5 years ago and teaches people of all ages. James exhibits his work at various shows, galleries and events including Art in Action in 2016.