Wire & Mixed Media Sculpture Courses with James Ort
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About the Course
Come and make sculpture out of less traditional materials.
Wire is so expressive and gives you endless possibilities. It’s like drawing in air!
Join James Ort for this inspiring and practical course that will teach you free-form wire sculpture techniques to bring your ideas to life. You can make animal or human figures, abstract forms or decorative pieces – basically anything goes! The wire used is surprisingly easy to handle and can be cut and manipulated with basic hand tools (such as pliers/wire cutters).
You can incorporate a range of other materials into your design. We supply various materials but you can also bring your own, anything such a feathers, fabric, string, beads, jewellery, etc.
Gather your ideas, then come and get wired with us!
NB These popular courses sell out fast but you can go on the mailing list for next year's courses which will be announced soon. Email via the contact form above or click through to the Phoenix Studio's website via the link above and sign up yourself!
Dates for 2018 so far are:
- 17/18/19 August NB 3-day course SOLD OUT
- 31st Oct/1 November (NB mid week course)
- 3/4 November
- 24/25 November
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
2 days tuition in the bright and beautiful purpose built studio. Tools and materials are included in the course fee. Small additional costs may apply for some of the more unusual or expensive materials.
The price also included plenty of tea, herbal brews, coffee, biscuits and cake.
Bring a packed lunch to enjoy and cake to share if you like!
Three day wire and mixed media course.
I spent a couple of months trawling the internet to find a good course to do over the summer holiday, and came across the Phoenix Studios.
I booked on to this course and almost immediately an email pinged back with homework! As a teacher this made me smile, as being prepared means a better final outcome, and also shows that it was a quality course.
From the start I felt that it was important to James, who ran the workshop, that his students would have a productive and worthwhile experience. Two days before the course started James sent out an email reminding us about the homework! Although it was a three day course the effort and time James put in made it feel longer.
I arrived at the Phoenix Studios and was enchanted by the setting, really tranquil and a perfect place for creative minds. When settled with a cup of tea James introduced himself, his work and demonstrated some of the basic skills we were going to use. His manner and gentle sense of humour made everyone relax and his passion for his subject was clear.
We all had our own space to create our sculptures and James meandered around us all. As a teacher he was excellent in judging when to support and when to step back, I often heard his words of encouragement, nurturing his students to develop more confidence in their ability, as he pushed their skills further. The days were packed with creativity, cake and shared stories as everyone who attended the course was lovely and added to the whole experience.
I have been on many creative courses around the country and would not hesitate in recommending this one as I came away with a lovely sculpture and lots of new skills.
Claire (The Hare and the Tortoise)
Claire Nicoll - - #16487
Response from The Phoenix Studio:Thanks for the lovely detailed review Claire! I enjoyed teaching you as much as you seemed to enjoy being taught. It was so inspirational seeing your pieces develop and how you put your own unique twist on them!
This is now the third time I have been taught by James on the wire and mixed media course. It has once again been an inspirational experience generating so many creative ideas that I cannot wait to return and also attempt something at home. James has the ability to empower you to believe you can achieve your creative goal. His positive and relaxed teaching approach, together with the calm studio setting including ‘clucking chickens’ makes his courses irresistible.
IRENE PRATSIDES - - #16473
Response from The Phoenix Studio:Ahh thanks for the great review Irene! As ever, you were a please to teach! Love the horse you made too x
The three days we have spent at the Phoenix Studios making things from wire with James Ort just couldn't have been better. With his artwork around us and delightful students the weekend was full of inspiration and fun. You can be a complete beginner and still make something to be proud of. James will give everyone the help that they need to make even the biggest struggles pleasurable. I would recommend the course.
Caroline Fleming - - #16472
Response from The Phoenix Studio:James Ort - 'Making even the biggest struggles pleasurable!'
Thanks for my new tagline Caroline and for being a lovely loyal student! x
I would also give this course the highest recommendation! James is a young, talented artist in all the media he teaches in (plus more I'm sure!), but he is that rare find - an empathetic, balanced and clever tutor. He kept an eye on all of us, encouraging us all to put our best creative 'hats' on, giving advice and an opinion if you asked for it. This is especially vital when you're new to a creative media, as we all wanted our work to look the best it could - and it did!! I was amazed at what I was able to create, but also with all the other great varied pieces of work everyone else created. His encouragement of the group to share ideas/praise/encouragement with each other really works. His pre-course advice was super helpful, all admin re: the course spot on, and he even makes a great lemon drizzle cake!! I can't wait to go back and try other things, soon as possible. This guy is a lovely person and his teaching/studio are REALLY good - just GO :-)
Shirley Hoyne - - #14225
What a wonderful couple of days we've had at Pheonix studios! Just finished the 2-day weekend wire sculpture course. James is great - relaxed, encouraging, really keen to understand what you're trying to build and then guide you through it. The studio is lovely - bright, spacious, with all the kit you might need. And the atmosphere was great - friendly & fun. Would thoroughly recommend!
Jamilah Meghji - - #14205
I absolutely loved this course. Having never worked with wire before I was over-the-moon with the sculpture I created. I did A level art in 1978, before James was even born!! & since then have been too busy working as a Nurse to be an artist. This course has certainly given me food for thought & I will definitely book on another course. James is a fabulous tutor with a warm personality. The studio is the perfect environment, peaceful, light & comfortable. Thank you.
Jude Glide - - #14191
I am just home from the most wonderful two day wire sculpting course with James. It was excellent. I loved the relaxed level of organisation which looked relaxed but was actually bang on. We were set up so fast and empowered and encouraged throughout the two days. James has a lovely coaching style of teaching and ensured we all got one to one time so we could leave feeling we really had achieved something special. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course and actually the studio as a whole - it's a fabulous venue
Jackie Forbes - - #14128
Great weekend with a lovely mix of people. Fab tuition and well resourced with all kinds of bits and pieces. Just as good for beginners as for artists...always something new to learn. Great fun, great creativity, great cake!! Will be returning again and again and would recommend.
Caroline - - #13182
What a wonderful to spend a couple of days!
James is an excellent teacher, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm but also very down to earth.
I was not sure what to expect from the weekend except maybe to feel a little out of my depth. Other than junk modelling with the children (a long time ago) I have had absolutely no experience of art or craft classes.
The class was incredibly relaxed and friendly, I found the whole weekend immensely rewarding and inspiring. I am sure everyone left feeling absolutely delighted with their ‘masterpieces’ , I certainly was.
I really couldn’t recommend this course highly enough. Absolutely no experience required just a little self-belief and imagination.
Will definitely go back.
Josie Stewart - - #10546
This course is partly about making the sculpture you had in mind when you walked into the studio and you certainly are well-supported in attaining this goal. But you also leave the course with new ideas and a road-map leading you to their creation. Having had no experience in working in three dimensions, I was amazed to find I had created a figure which bore a real resemblance to what it was supposed to represent! The Phoenix Studio where James Ort teaches his courses is incredibly conducive to creativity. You can sit, stand, walk about, drink tea etc. at will. You naturally tune in to the creative spirit which pervades the space. And it's fun! There is laughter and nurture in equal measure. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who would like to work with wire.
Leona - - #10519
An amazing 2 days.
The minute you walk into James's studio you will be transported to another world. The studio is bright and sunny, overlooking a beautiful 'wild meadow' garden filled with James's work and friendly chickens. You cant help but leave behind all of your everyday stresses.
I have little artistic skills. However James has a easy natural teaching style and is so encouraging that even I felt I could be successful. He started with a demo and together with his able assistant got everyone started individually. The remainder of the 2 days he was there guiding and helping every person with an boundless amount of energy and enthusiasm. Everyone in the group achieved an amazing sculpture and mine has taken pride of place at home outside my main window. It makes me smile every time I see it and I cant wait to make more pieces. It was a busy 2 days but I feel I have had a holiday. I cant wait to go back again.
Forgot to say that in addition to being a talented artist, James is an amazing baker. His lemon drizzle cake was delicious.
Vida - - #10349
I thoroughly enjoyed the wire and mixed media course last week and I thought we were a great creative group. Phoenix studio is in a beautiful setting and James is a very good, encouraging teacher. James showed us how to use the wire and helped everyone with their individual needs, so by the end of the two days I had learnt a great deal and achieved a pleasing sculpture. I can not think of any way the course can be improved . For me personally I was pleased that the course was mid-week rather than during a weekend so maybe keep one course a year mid-week.
A wonderful course, thank you Fiona
Fiona Cradduck - - #10258
Again... Another great couple of days at The Phoenix Studio.
Great tuition and support throughout the course. A beautiful setting and a great mix of people.
You won't be dissapointed !
Barbara Miller - - #10222
This has been one of the best courses i have attended. The studio setting is relaxing and nurturing and an ideal environment to explore your creative self and be inspired.
James taught us basic techniques based on symmetry and allowing the wires to naturally flow. Over the two days we all created something special and something to be proud of. I will definitely be returning.
Irene - - #9697
This two day course was brilliant - it doesn't matter if you're a beginner (like me) or come with experience and your own ideas. James is a great teacher - clear about the things that matter and his interventions are positive and supportive. It was a privilege to work in the studio and sit outside for lunch with other participants - who, on this occasion, were skilled creators and fabulous company. It's my second visit to the Phoenix - and I'll definitely be back.
Jan Norton - - #5102
We have just returned home from our second visit to The Phoenix Studios and will definitely be back for more. The setting is beautiful, the course content inspiring and motivational and as for James, well, he can't be improved upon. He has a wonderfully friendly, informal style which relaxes even the most apprehensive student and manages to support each and everyone in the group so that you leave feeling fulfilled and motivated to carry on and have another go. It was almost like being at a family event!
Mary Gardner - - #5059
I've just spent two fun filled days on a wire and mixed media course. The wonderful sculptures made by my fellow attendees... aided and encouraged throughout by James (not forgetting Ben), left me in absolute awe of everyone's creativity. James' relaxed and friendly manner was inspiring. I will definitely try to do more at home. Were it not for the logistics of getting to the studio each time from Essex, I would happily book ALL of the Phoenix Studio courses. Simply brilliant!
Laura E. - - #4051
What a fantastic course, I wish it could have lasted for more than the two days! James is an inspirational teacher who helped all of us to achieve brilliant results - and I certainly came away with inspiration for many more wire sculptures that I want to do!
Pam Wilson - - #4048
Just come back from another wire and mixed media weekend course with James, its always such fun. He is not only very encouraging, but has a wonderful eye for anatomy, and comes up with amazing ideas for building the details of the sculptures. I thoroughly recommend his courses!
Sue Fish - - #2257
Excellent teacher, lovely studio with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Will definitely go again!
Sara Howard - - #2256
I highly recommend this course and was amazed at what I went home with from the two weekends spent at Phoenix studios. James is an excellent teacher, who encourages and helps students to carry out their own ideas. The well equipped light studio looking onto the garden is a splendid place to work. I will definitely go again.
Angela Wilkes - - #2007
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Course Start DatesWednesday 31st October 2018
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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