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Historical Heads - New Brewery Arts Cotswolds Gloucestershire

Duration: Mondays, 10am - 1pm, 5 weeks

Price: £120

Run by: Clare Walsh
at New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court

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About the Course

This course aims to explore how the face has been portrayed and the many styles used by artists. From Gainsborough to Modigliani we will delve into history to inspire our own head sculptures. We will explore the proportions of the head and learn simple sculpting techniques so that all participants will achieve their own small scale portrait sculpture.

You do not require experience to access this course just curiosity and a desire to sculpt in clay.

To support and explore ideas the course will show you how to develop a sketch book. This may take the form of a scrapbook or drawing.

With gentle and supportive guidance the aim is to have fun and learn few skills along the way!

Outline of course.

· Week 1: An introduction to portraits throughout history, how to develop a sketchbook, proportions of the head.

· Week 2: Start to construct the basic head shape and continue to develop and explore ideas to inspire sculpture.

· Week 3: Introduce techniques to shape face and sculpt features ,continue to develop ideas and investigate a variety of facial features.

· Week 4: Develop specific sculpting techniques for ornamentation , discover other portrait artists.

· Week 5: Completion of sculpture smoothing and refining techniques.

You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

What you will need: All materials included

You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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