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Sculpture Course for 2016

hand-built-ceramic-tea-pot-cotswold-art-academy-2015Hand Built Ceramics
A comprehensive introduction into the methods and variety of creative potential of sculptural ceramics. The course covers studio practice, clay types, basic core techniques of hand building for sculpture: coiling, pinching, slab building and surface decoration. These will be taught and put into practice to make finished ceramic forms. Through practical projects you will understand the material and, with emphasis on experimentation, how you can manipulate it to create a variety of forms. These can then be decorated with raw glazes and slips for a once fired finished piece.
Weeks: 10
Times: 6:30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £250

sculpture-head-cotswold-art-academy-2015Introduction to Sculpture
An ideal start point for those wishing to explore sculpture techniques and ideas. This course covers both foundation technical skills and a creative exploration of different materials and ways of working. Sculpture is wonderfully fun and creative and with some simple skills taught, great results can be achieved. The first half of the term comprises three weeks of figurative sculpture in clay with a life model and two weeks of portraiture with another life model, also in clay. The second half of the term is an introduction to plaster, wire and other materials, culminating in a personal project. Students leave the course with a strong foundation of sculpture skills as well as an individual approach to the practice.
Weeks: 10
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Beginners, Intermediate
Fee: £260

portrait-sculptures-cotswold-art-academy-2015Figure & Portrait Sculpture
If you are interested in learning to sculpt the human figure then this is an ideal class for you. You have the opportunity to explore both the full figure and a portrait head sculpture with a different model for each. You will model in clay for 10 weeks: 5 weeks of Figure Sculpture from a set pose and 5 weeks of Portrait Head Sculpture from a different model. You will get a flavour of the challenges and thrills of both of these disciplines. Many come back term after term to deepen their understanding – beginners are welcome. As well as the practice and development of working in clay from a model, also covered are measuring skills, observational skills and preparation of a piece for firing. Optional hollowing and firing of the clay sculptures are an additional cost.
Weeks: 10
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £250

figurative-sculpture-cotswold-art-academy-2015Creative Sculpture in the Life Room
The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to explore form, materials and processes as a means of sculptural expression. Throughout the class the tutor supports each student individually to develop their own approach, exploring a wide range of materials and techniques or focusing on a particular area of interest.

For students unsure about which materials, processes and ideas to explore, there are a number of structured exercises working from the life model enabling students to explore different materials and processes. The emphasis of these exercises is to create sculpture using a life model as reference, rather than doing a technical study of a model.

The course aims to teach students to use the human form to express emotion, energy or character powerfully, and question what the human form/body means to them. This in turn leads to a more developed understanding of how to use composition of form to express feeling, and to understand the subtlety needed when choosing the appropriate forms, textures, materials and processes to best express their sculptural ideas. All of these aspects will equally be covered as structural/compositional principles to suit their needs should the student not wish to use the model as reference.
Weeks: 10
Times: 6.30 – 9.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate
Fee: £256

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Pottery Classes for 2016

Pottery Beginners’ Throwing Course
Learn basic methods to make simple bowls and vases, and how to throw and produce interesting forms. Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery, using the main pottery techniques of hand building and throwing.
Decoration, glazing and firing are also taught

Four Day Course in Pottery
Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery – throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course

Pottery on Saturday
For beginners or those with some experience of throwing, this is an ideal chance to experiment,
refine and develop your skills.
Learn lots of different ways of making pottery, from handbuilding to throwing. We will also look at a variety of different ways to decorate your work.
Broaden your existing knowledge and develop new skills in throwing, handbuilding, surface decoration and glazing.
You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and styles of making through structured projects.

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Art Courses

. Drawing Class
This class aims to give the students a grounding in the craft of drawing.
We do this by looking at different aspects of objects you will be drawing, visual perception, composition and the illusion of perspective.
We cover:
Charcoal, Soft pencil line, Shading, Pattern, Cross Hatching, Pastel on emery paper, Watercolour Tonal Wash, Indian ink and Pen.
Our small classes and individual attention help to build your confidence

. Mixed Class, painting and drawing
Possibly the most versatile medium of all, many people choose to get to grips with oil painting at The Cotswold Art Academy.
For the beginners, this class starts you off with the basics but with our innovative teaching techniques you will learn this by producing a painting.
we will cover, Simple drawing techniques and composition. The use of the palette knife. Brush techniques. Colour Selection, mixing ingredient notes. Textures.