Learn how to make hollow animal sculptures from flat sheets of clay with modelled additions. Working from drawings and photographs, you will seek to capture the essence of the animal and give your work a feeling of movement.
This course will show you how to make hollow animal sculpture from a flat sheet of clay with modelled additions. It is suitable for all levels from beginners to those already experienced but perhaps looking for new methods of making.
Firstly you will be shown how to make a 3D animal sculpture from a rolled slab of clay, and then have a go at copying this as an exercise just to get a feel for the technique. Then you can begin to make your own piece. Everyone will be taught individually and it is advisable that you bring images, photos, drawings etc. of the chosen animal that you wish to make. Knowledge of the skeletal structure of the animal will be of a great advantage and views from both sides; front and rear and from above where ever possible will enable a good outcome. The objective is to capture the essence of the animal, and give the piece a feeling of movement.
We will be using flax paper clay, which gives excellent strength at the green stage and allows for clay additions at any stage of the making process as it re-wets very easily. The method also allows for easy repositioning of limbs and other additions. Being hollow allows for shaping from the inside if needed and little or no hollowing out is necessary.
This is a list of suggested animals for you to choose from: hare, pig, goat, bull, sheep, dog, rhino, chicken.
Although lots of information will be available please bring your own research as well. The aim is for you to leave feeling confident in the technique and that you will be able to use or adapt it for whatever you choose to make in the future.
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)
FIRING AND GLAZING OPTIONS: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months. 2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing 4 weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months. 3. Take away your unfired sculpture for firing and glazing elsewhere.