Discover the potential of steel for making sculpture.
Demonstrations on steel fabrication and manipulation are given and
through an evolving process of composition, you will then create a
unique and accomplished personal object.
The aim of this course is to create unique sculptural metalwork pieces. You are encouraged to exploit the potential of steel to evolve and create individual constructed items of steel. Projects are based on individuals' ideas, and are developed with the guidance of the tutor.
Technical tuition runs simultaneously with ideas development, encouraging the individual to become more confident in generating unique objects in steel.
Instruction is given to enable welding, torch work, bending, curving, cutting, heating, general forgework, abrasion (power tools and hand tools), finishing.
By the end of the course you should be able to exploit the unique qualities of steel to fulfil personal project ideas in a dynamic and individualistic way. You should be able to create sculptural elements in steel, using a variety of steel and fabrication techniques.
Discussion and slide lecture underpin studio work, as well as historical reference and imagery.
Tools are provided for the course, and advice can be given by the tutor if students wish to purchase tools following the course. It is not necessary to buy tools for the course other than the items listed below.
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)
Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is 10 minutes walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in the forge.
Andew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, trained at the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.