This exciting new 'mini' bronze casting course for two is designed so that you can learn the basics of bronze casting and make a small hand made bronze sculpture or practical object (belt buckle, door knocker, jewellery, etc) to take home. We start the course just after lunch on the first day and you spend the afternoon with us making your sculpture or object in wax ready to cast. Then, come back to spend the next morning pouring your bronze cast and finishing it by lunchtime before taking it home with you.
The timing is great to enable you to travel to us in the morning, an excuse to stay over nearby at one of hundreds of fantastic b&b's, self catering cottages, hotels or campsites in beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside before leaving for home the next afternoon. Or stay for longer and explore the area! Enjoy learning a new skill and trying out something different. Ideal for friends, couples, colleagues - £250 covers two places but more can come together as a group.
All the materials and equipment you need will be provided to enable you to make a small sculpture or object weighing up to half a kilo in bronze to take away with you.
The course will be a fascinating and enjoyable experience, there's no pressure and there's plenty of help on hand.
Contact us to arrange dates that suit you - weekdays or weekends.
*The course is probably not suitable for children under 14, as a high level of adult supervision would be required.
The Tutor - Mark Halliday is an experienced artist and teacher and studied in the Foundry at the Royal College of Art and has been teaching bronze casting regularly each month at our foundry for many years. He taught at Cardiff School of Art & Design for nine years and, prior to that, at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Mark was a founder of New British Art, which has its base in Carmarthenshire. New British Art is a not for profit artists' organisation that works to create new artworks, opportunities for recent graduates and provides learning opportunities at its studios in Wales and external venues by negotiation.
The Venue - Cilyrynys is a former dairy farm in a rural valley location just a few minutes' drive from the main A48 and the M4, near the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The farm has a range of spacious outbuildings that accommodate artists' studios and workshop areas for the course.
If you want to extend your stay, the area is a great place to explore with castles, beautiful rivers, fabulous beaches and the Brecon Beacons all within an hour's drive. There are fantastic walks and mountain biking routes at Brechfa Forest, and several renowned public gardens nearby.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Everything you will need for the course is included in the price. You will receive:
- Access to specialist equipment
- All materials
- Refreshments and snacks
There is plenty of time and opportunity to learn everything you need to know and ask as many questions as you wish.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I had a wonderful experience on the screen printing course with Liz. I am a textile lecturer and learnt a new way of orienting through the clear instructions given by the tutor. We spent the morning practising and understanding the skills through producing smaller pieces of work before embarking upon a final larger outcome. The tutor was very helpful, friendly and accommodating to each of our design and outcome needs. The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly and I would recommend this course to beginners or those that have experience in other forms of printing.
To start with the rating, I wavered between Good and Excellent; I wouldn't give it 10/10 for reasons given below, but Good seems a bit grudging. Liz Ryan who took the workshop was a lovely person and very patient, and supported me to finish my work even though this meant going well beyond the published end time. She is an experienced art teacher, tutoring in a sixth form college as her day job, and knew her subject matter well. As a complete novice I felt that the principles of silk screen printing were outlined very quickly and we were immediately learning 'hands on'. The project I undertook in the afternoon, building on what I had learnt in the morning was complex, and at times I thought that I had been allowed to go advance to this too quickly. All turned out well, though with Liz's confidence and patience! I was lucky to be in a small group, but I did feel that, given the complexity of what I did, I would have benefited from more space so that I could see more clearly what I was doing. I would have liked to come away with a handout about materials and pointers; to be fair Liz provided this when I emailed her afterwards. Revised marks? 9 for set up and 10 for the experience!