Metalwork Sculpture for Beginners (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



Metal has many unique qualities - its attributes of strength, delicacy, malleability and toughness have led to its use across many arts and design disciplines.

In this course, you’ll be introduced to different metals and the techniques used to work them into sculptural pieces.

It’s ideal for anyone who would like to use metal to explore their artistic vision, enabling you to learn the skills needed to create your own art.

On this practical course, you’ll explore different metals and their properties, as well as the tools needed to work each metal and use them safely.

You’ll investigate sculptural form, line and structure, and the specific qualities that different metals have so that you can take advantage of their mechanical strengths.

You’ll start by exploring how to turn drawings into 3D artworks, and then get straight into metalworking, creating maquettes (test pieces) using the techniques you’ve learnt.

Using these maquettes, you’ll develop your metalworking skills to see how they can be applied to produce a complete sculpture in metal by the end of the course.

During the course you will:

- turn drawings and concepts into 3D artworks
- be introduced to materials and tools and learn how to use them safely and effectively
- consider the sculptural properties of different metals
- use heat to anneal and shape metals
- practise metal cutting methods
- learn how to form the metal by bending, twisting, raising and folding
- use a variety of joining techniques including riveting, bolting, soldering and welding
- learn about the history of metal in sculpture and craft
- think about form and function and the practical applications of metal
- find out how to source materials
- build your confidence in using hand tools and metalworking equipment
- explore different techniques that will make your sculpture truly unique.

You’ll be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, samples, paper-based instructions, and one-to-one feedback as your project develops.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the different metal workshop processes.

You’ll also have created your own original sculpture in metal that shows how you have applied these processes.

You will also leave with the confidence to develop your skills and apply your knowledge to further metalworking projects.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No prior metalworking experience is necessary as you’ll be guided through the different processes to create your own piece of sculpture by our experienced tutor.

Where you’ll learn: You’ll be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll receive training and advice on how to fully utilise the equipment in our specialist metal workshop.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and reference.

Tutor Profile: Richard Janes is a sculptor and artist based in Nottingham with an international portfolio of work.

Richard studied Fine Art and graduated with a BA Honours in 1993 - he has been making art ever since.

His work can be found across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and Kuala Lumpur, including an exhibition at Tate Britain, and his work as Artist in Residence at Sherwood Forest was featured in the Sunday Times Magazine.

He has created over 50 Public Art commissions including one of the first site specific sculpture trails for the National Trust at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

Richard has taught at various academic institutions including Nottingham Trent University, supporting students with their projects.

His work can be seen locally at Gedling Country Park, Highfields Park and Lakeside Arts, Arnot Hill Park, Grange Road, Martins Pond Wollaton, Barker Gate, and The Arboretum.

Need accommodation?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition with an expert tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.


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1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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