Wire & Mixed Media Sculpture Courses with James Ort
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About the Course
Dates for 2018 so far are:
- 10th/11th February (nearly sold out)
- 4th/5th April
- 7th/8th April
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!
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!
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 4th April 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018
- Disabled access
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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