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Sculpture techniques: carving at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Sculpture techniques: carving at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Duration: 6 sessions

Price: £110

Book with: Reception Team
at Mary Ward Centre

42 Queen Square

Course Start Dates

Wednesday 26th February 2020
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Thursday 30th April 2020
Wednesday 10th June 2020

About the Course

These 6 week courses offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques materials and processes of carving in wood or soft stone.

Who is this course for
The course is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture and carving. Sculpture manifests an enormous diversity of forms and can mean many things to many people, and the courses has benefited from the mixed ablities and diversity within the group.

What does this course cover
These 6 week course offers a formal introduction to all basic techniques materials and processes of carving in wood or soft stone.

Healthy and safe working practices. Inspiration will be drawn from imagination and/or observation of natural forms and the work of other artists.
Students can try out the techniques over 6 weeks or work in more deoth over 12 weeks.

The tutor will suggest projects and ideas for works when appropriate.
Students will develop spatial, proportional and visual awareness. Explore methods of composition to include accurate observation, drawing for sculpture, measuring techniques and construction of maquettes.

NB: Only relatively small pieces of soft stone or wood are appropriate for this course.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Produce Finished Pieces of sculpture in soft stone or wood
2. Acquire a comprehensive carving technique in your chosen material.
3. Develop carving skills and work on individual carving projects.
4. Learn finishing techniques such as polishing & mounting

Additional objectives for returning learners:
5. Develop & practice techniques towards achieving individual carving projects

Specific learning objectives are set according to individual requirements of the student and may well include things not listed here. The tutor will discuss students'aims and objectives at the start of the course.

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What will it be like
The course will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion with particular emphasis on sound and careful technique to ensure a strong and successful end result.

The tutor will divide his time equally amongst all the students in the class.

Students' work will be regularly recorded with photographs, written progress reports, copies of sketchbooks, Blogs or other documentation.
Assessment is given on a regular basis by direct personal consultation with the tutor, and reference to project records.

Each student is expected to identify where possible specific learning aims and objectives to be assessed at the end of the term.

Students will be encouraged to evaluate their own work through group discussion with fellow students and self appraisal.

What else do you need to buy or do
Costs will vary according to materials chosen, which wehenever possible will be provided by the Centre at a cost. Students wishing to carve in stone will be expected to cover the cost of the material and some tools. Stone is currently £1 per kilo, Carving tools approx £15.00 each.
Whatever is appropriate for the individual goals/course plan. Students will be able to work at their own pace but where extra work is needed (say for portfolio preparation) they will be expected to do more. 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 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.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Wheelchair friendly

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