Creating automata - weekend course. Explore the combination of movement and materials such as wood, wire, metal tube and sheet, found objects and figures.



Be introduced to basic mechanisms and experiment with ways in which they can be combined with form to create automata with a narrative theme. The combination of movement and materials such as wood, wire, metal tube and sheet, found objects and figures will be explored with these simple mechanisms. Expect to work with wood, wire, metal tube and sheet, old tins and found objects. The course will start at 9 o’clock on Saturday morning. You will be introduced to a small selection of the tutor’s work and to a prototype piece that the course will be based on. This will be followed by a brief explanation of the basic mechanisms you will be working with. You will be provided with the basic ingredients of an automaton- cams, levers, pulleys and a treasure trove of other materials- which you can assemble, customise and elaborate on with help and guidance from the tutor. The course will finish at 5 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. Fi Henshall has been making automata for 12 years. She makes automata from wood, metal, broken machinery, old tins and odd objects, working largely in recycled materials. She borrows techniques from any discipline she can pick up (carving, soldering, engineering, painting, modelling, jewellery making and more) to illustrate stories about strange characters and creatures, set in elaborate landscapes. She is a part-time tutor at West Dean and exhibits nationally and internationally and currently has worked on display in Kew Gardens Pagoda, The Exploratorium in San Francisco and Falmouth Gallery.

What's included in the price?

All tuition and materials are included as well as teas, coffees and biscuits


14 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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Nailsworth Subscription Rooms, Bath Road, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 0HH