This course is an excellent opportunity to create a small eye-catching sculpture for your home or garden and explore some of the many ways of forming and joining sheet metal. Using an organic form as a starting point, you will develop the design of your unique piece through sketches, the making of a simple model and discussions with your tutor. You will look at the different ways of achieving texture on steel, copper and aluminium.
Initially, the tutor will introduce you to the range of materials, techniques and workshop equipment available and will give you some short introductory demonstrations.
With this knowledge, you will start some hands on experimention with the materials - copper, aluminium and steel sheet, and steel rod, to gain confidence. This will lead you on to developing and finalising ideas and designs for your piece.
There are group demonstrations of techniques at appropriate points, and specific techniques are demonstrated to smaller groups or individually to you. The tutor will give help and advice to you when needed.
Techniques covered include: spot welding, cutting, drilling, riveting, hammer/block forming and fold forming, raising, colouring and finishing, and the making of simple tools to achieve different textures.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Cara Wassenberg is a sculptor with 25 years' experience of working in steel, copper and glass. She trained at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham and teaches part-time on the BA Metalwork course at UCA. She makes sculpture for galleries, exhibitions and to commission.
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