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Experimental sculpture at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Experimental sculpture at the Mary Ward Centre

About the Course

Use scrap, found, traditional and alternative materials to explore sculptural methods and concepts.

Who is this course for
Use scrap, found, traditional and alternative materials to explore sculptural methods and concepts including kinetic, interactive, performance and time-based work. Develop your own project, with support from the tutor. Suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced.

What does this course cover
The course aims to broaden the range of materials you can draw upon to make a sculpture. You will be shown how to develop techniques for completing kinetic, performance, time-based, interactive and traditional sculpture.

You will be introduced to, and use diverse ways of assembling found objects. Depending on your interests, you will work with some of the following:

1. Kinetic Sculpture: use of techniques to create movement i.e. motors, wind, water power.

2. Interactive sculpture: use of techniques to make sculpture that others can interact with.

3. Time-based sculpture: using video and audio to document the development and completion of work.

4. Performance sculpture: for example, demonstration of how to interact with the sculpture.

By the end you will be able:
1. To work in a supported way toward the completion of an experimental piece of sculpture.

2. To make informed choices about methods and materials for sculpture.

3. To demonstrate the use of new methods for completing sculptures.

4. To demonstrate the use of one or more methods for recording or representing sculpture e.g. video/audio

What will it be like
You will work individually or in small groups supported by the tutor.
You will work on one main piece of sculpture per term.

The tutor will offer practical demonstrations of techniques.

Slides and videos may be used.

One-to-one assessment is carried out by the tutor.
Verbal feedback is given, in relation to your proposed aims.
Some individual and group presentation of a completed piece with verbal feedback from the group.

What else do you need to buy or do
Students should wear stout shoes and bring an apron or old shirt, sculpture can be messy, and dusty.
Some materials will be provided. You will be encouraged to source reusable and recyclable materials.

Most tools will be provided. Advice will be given on sourcing material.
You can choose to access the Scrap scheme (a large warehouse full of reusable material in East

Visiting museums and galleries. Developing an awareness of contemporary art practice particularly in
sculpture, and share knowledge with the group. A willingness to gather resource materials and develop
Space is limited, so works can't be too large and there is a 7kg weight restriction.

Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

Please get in touch via the links above for more details or to book your place.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


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