Learn modelling techniques using clay to create a small figure
and a portrait head. Working from a model you develop skills in
looking and observing, explore form and structure, use of plumb
line and negative space. There will be discussions and
demonstrations of different tools and the marks they make, as well
as aspects of anatomy and modelling facial details.
On this course you will learn how to:
• create a sculpture of the human figure;
• use tools confidently to form interesting marks on clay;
• look for the structure of the anatomy and the proportion, and to establish in the sculpture where the bones and muscles show;
• confidently draw the curve of the backbone and angle of the shoulders waist and hips on the clay;
• look for character and what you want the work to say;
• stand back from the work and assess the effect, moving clay round to try various relationships, and decide on the most meaningful.
The course will start with a short demonstration of a way, (one of many), to achieve a likeness of the human form.
Skills of looking and observing will be encouraged. Sketching with pencil and paper is often useful. As the course proceeds, appropriate aspects of anatomy, and what to look for, will be explained. Also form and structure, use of plumb line, and negative space and use of tools and marks they make.
Different techniques and unusual and recycled tools that create interesting marks and surface and textures will be shown.
Finishing off - hollowing out the work to allow it to dry evenly for firing.
By the end of the course you will have:
• Achieved an understanding and confidence in how to begin a sculpture, what to look for, how to plan the base support and how to handle clay and its structure, with various moisture contents so that it stays in position.
• Strengthened your observational skills and learned to make decisions from the model so as to be able to create an interesting sculptural form, from a basic slab of clay.
• Learned to look, to see, to wonder, to sculpt, to suggest.
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 pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.
Gilbert Whyman MRBS qualified in Architecture at Manchester University. More recently he studied sculpture in London followed by a PGCE in teacher training. As the passion for sculpture took over, he retired as an architect and is now a well established sculptor with regular commissions for work in metal and portrait heads in clay. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Society of Portrait Sculptors Exhibition in Cork Street, and has work in private collections in UK, Australia, Sweden and New York. He is a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Surrey Sculpture Society, Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Art Society.