I attended the 6 day Bronze Casting Course and thought it was magical! The tutor is extremely knowledgeable and its great to learn in a supportive environment. I would recommend this course to beginners and anyone who wants to make their own sculpture to take home. Would love to do this again.
I went on a bronze course at London Sculpture Workshop first, then got so addicted I booked up this course in sheet copper sculpture, and my next one will probably be silicone mould-making.
This course was incredible. I genuinely didn't want to leave on the final day, and the next morning was really disappointed I wouldn't be going back in. On the first day I learnt how to raise a bowl out of a small disc of copper (so happy about that), planishing (technique for smoothing the surface) and about and how to use patinas. On the next day I learnt soldering, brazing and riveting - and made a small saxon helmet. On the next days I learnt repousee and made a series of copper coins and artefacts using patinas to make then look ancient.
Other people worked on one project all week. One person made a female bust, another woman made a copper water feature that looks like a dragon-fly, there was someone who made a huge abstract outdoor sculpture and a series of copper lilies for his garden when he had some time and copper left over at the end, another made an African mask.... so many amazing things.
You get a mix of demonstrations and tons of one-to-one help. I couldn't believe how absorbed I got in it. When the tutor said it was time for lunch everyone would look shocked and sigh. Such a good sign.
I can't rave about this course enough. I loved it. A few people I know are booking up places now after they saw my photos of my 4 days there. Also, some people on the course who lived in London signed up as members of LSW so they could continue making things in the workshops (which are really excellent - so large and so many amazing tools and machines).
I always attend these courses on my own but there is always a warm, friendly environment. It's not daunting and it's always a mix of different abilities. I'm always a complete beginner so I really appreciate this as it stops it being daunting.
This was the first craft course I ever booked. I have since done 2 more at London Sculpture Workshop. That's a recommendation in itself.
This course was great, I couldn't believe how much I learnt! I was struggling to afford to have an artwork cast in bronze - with this course it was much more affordable to learn the skills and make it myself with excellent tuition from the hands-on teacher and all materials included.
The tutor really went above and beyond for all of us. I dropped something at the last minute on one day so he stayed behind with me for an extra hour and half and we fixed it up and made it even better. That's so kind and generous.
The whole atmosphere was warm and friendly (which was great as I was very anxious as I had no sculpture experience at all when I turned up).
I went to LSW as a printmaker with a specific idea. Since then I have learnt sheet copper sculpture and mould-making. I warn you it's addictive. I've got my eye on more too.
One woman on the course had almost done every single course they offered (even building furniture for her kid's room) and another man had flown over from Singapore to take 3 courses in 2 weeks then was flying back to open his own workshop.