Observation and play are key to working with the figure and challenging stereotypes. In this unique immersive course, students unlock convention to work with a life model, creating a small sculpture in wax of the draped figure. Explore the expressive opportunities of drapery whilst capturing the spirit of the figure. Find new creative methods to suggest movement and integrate your intuitive observations with a further understanding of the structure of the human form.
A foundry visit, to observe the technical processess involved in taking a work in wax to a bronze cast and a small sculpture cast in bronze, is included in the course cost. While the opportunity to cast in bronze is offered, it is not essential.
All students can choose whether to cast their works and the course costings below reflect these different options.
Some life-drawing experience is an advantage.
1. Discussion and demonstration of working in wax.
2. Introduction of the model.
3. Working with the model in relation to the material.
4. How different artists use their knowledge of the body to express deeper emotional concepts. Examples are given of contemporary artists working in this field.
5. Common problems and how to deal with them.
6. Working principles of the body’s structure in space in relation to drapery.
7. The Foundry and foundry processes will be covered on a visit to Crawford’s Casting on 17 December.
Runs weekly until Tuesday 26 November.