Learn how to make medium-sized animals (up to about 50cm in height) using coiling and other hand-building techniques. We will focus on farm animals such as pigs, chickens and sheep, but you can work on any other animals you wish, using the same way of working. You will be aiming to capture the character of the animal rather than build a factual representation or copy, and we will be looking at various ways of achieving this, including using different tools to create surface textures and finishes.
The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience in clay modelling. You will be taught how to build animals from the legs up, including suitable plinths or bases if required. As well as the techniques involved in modelling animals, you will develop an appreciation of the medium, including the timing of the different stages of construction and when to stop.
If time allows, we will also work on simple press moulds. You will learn how to make a small model suitable for press moulding and will create a one or two-piece plaster mould from it.
You should bring plenty of source material including photographs, drawings, small models and even plastic toy farm animals. These will be very important to work from throughout the course.
Everyone will complete at least one animal, and most can expect to finish two or more, depending on size.
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)