Learn simple wire working techniques with easily accessible tools which make this an ideal medium to develop in your own time and space. Explore the expressive three-dimensional possibilities of the technique beginning with wire sketches and ending with a finished work for display or to compliment an existing portfolio of work. Wire is ideal for expressing movement and drama. At the end of the course you will have the technical skills necessary to extend the work in scale and content.
Beginning with a practical, structured introduction you will make quick wire sketches. At this stage it’s about relaxing, making yourself familiar with the tools and materials, exploring some of the expressive possibilities within the technique, letting ideas flow, no holds barred. You may use drawing on paper if appropriate to your practice, otherwise dive straight into the wire. At this stage you should get a feel for different types of line and texture to compliment your ideas. You can experiment with different ways of presenting the work, on a base, free standing or even hanging.
Having completed the introduction you will have an individual assessment and then choose the best idea for your personal project. Your tutor believes it is important that everyone works at their own pace. We will discuss bold ideas versus solving practical engineering problems, taking into account working through different stages of the build in logical order, making stable structures, building mass and making judgements according to the initial plan.You will benefit from one-to-one and group discussions so we can share in each others learning experience, including your tutor.
By the end of the course, you will aim to have a finished three-dimensional work and some sketch ideas.
An understanding of techniques for handling and building wire into three-dimensions, experience of thinking and planning in three-dimensions. An understanding of how new ideas can be added to an existing body of work and developed in 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 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)
Linda Lewin is a professional jeweller and sculptor who trained at Sheffield College of Art. Over the past thirty years she has taught short courses in her own studio and technical classes for colleges. Her drawing practice, metalworking skills and her first hand experience of working with horses are all brought together in her equestrian sculptures.