|Tutor||Farnoush Amini, Anthony Waters|
|Course Dates||Wednesdays 5th July - 23rd August|
|Times||6.30pm - 9.00pm|
|Location||Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR|
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.
There will be additional charge for hollowing & firing as well as metal wire.
What level is this course?
This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.
Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.
Other course levels include:
Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.
Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.
These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.
Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.
Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.
All attendees must be aged 18 or over.
What should I bring?
Please wear clothes for messy work and bring a sketchbook for notes and designs ideas.
We will be providing all the tools necessary for the course, but if you would like to use your own tools, please find a list below:
- Wooden and/or metal modelling tools
- Callipers for measuring (medium-sized)
- Metal ruler and/or tape measure
- Wire cutter
- Water spray bottle
- Cocktail sticks
- Barbecue sticks
- Masking tape
- Hand-held mirror
- Black bin liner
- Drawing implement (pencil, pen, or charcoal)
- Sketchpad / loose leaf paper
- Apron or old clothing
At the end of the course students are given the option to leave their sculptures for hollowing and firing. Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired and the piece should normally be ready for collection about 12 weeks after the course ends. This is payable by card only before leaving the course. A form will need to be completed.
£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure
£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure
Note: you will need to bring your own life-size bust-peg/armature if you wish to take away your work and are not leaving it to be hollowed out and fired. The Art Academy provides bust pegs for the course, but these cannot be taken away as they are needed for future courses. There will not be an option to purchase these. You would need to decide how you are going to take your sculpture home (if you are not leaving it for hollowing and firing). The best way is to carry in the boot of a car with ballast to weigh-down the base (bags of clay are ideal) or on the backseat with a pillow between the sculpture and car seat.
About Your Tutor
ANTHONY WATERS (WEEKS 1 – 4)
Anthony Waters has a diploma in sculpture from Heatherley’s College and in 2016 graduated from the Art Academy Certificate programme. Previous to this he worked as a graphic designer and seeks to make work which crosses the boundaries between 2D & 3D, figurative and abstract, exploring materiality and the processes involved in producing sculptural work. He won the prize for best non-member newcomer for the FACE exhibition, Society of Portrait Sculptors in 2016 and was a joint winner of the Surrey Sculpture prize the same year.
FARNOUSH AMINIMOGHADAM MRSS (WEEKS 5 – 8)
Farnoush was born in Iran. She lives and works in London. She graduated from the Art Academy London in July 2019. Exploring material language, their connection or disconnection and their relativity to her chosen concept is her main focus. She somehow extracts the most relevant material, symbol or gesture from her chosen subject. Her work has been influenced by Iran’s revolution, war, religion and politics. Her practice consists of installation and performance art. She explores material such as: human hair, fabric, feather, metal, clay, concrete, ice, tarmac and read-made objects. By placing the familiar object in an unfamiliar form or space she overwhelms the viewer with an uneasy feeling.
She has been exhibiting in various galleries in London since 2017. In 2018 she won the “People’s Choice Award” by Passion for Freedom Art Festival at the La Galleria Pall Mall and The Royal Opera Arcade Galleries in London. In 2019 she was shortlisted and won the Sheroes Revoluciones Art Prize by Lon-art Creative in London. In 2020 she was elected as a member of Royal Society of Sculptors and was given the title MRSS. She was also selected to exhibit at the Nauvele Vague gallery in Marbella, Spain in the same year. In 2021 she has had her first solo exhibition by Nauvelle Vague Artspace at the Patioo Mono-Room in Cadiz, Spain. In 2021 for the second time she was the prize winner of the Sheros Revoluciones exhibition by Lon-art Creatives funded by the British Art Council.
165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969
Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).
Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.
Refreshments and Facilities
You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.
Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.
Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.
- You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
- If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
- Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
- All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
- Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
- Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
- Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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“The tutor was very conscientious about attending to the differing needs of the mixed ability class.”