Course Code WC2203003
Tutor Jessica Wetherly
Course Dates Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th June 2023
Days 2
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Beginner
Fee £185
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This 2-­day course is an exciting introduction for beginners, as well as for those with some previous experience, to gain or develop basic clay sculpture skills. Working in clay, you will learn a range of techniques with the opportunity to explore your own creative project. You will spend the first day creating a clay figure sculpture from a life model and be shown different ways of looking at the figure in a 3D form, moving from representational to more abstract. The next day you will carry on with your sculpture whilst applying the techniques you have been shown. Practising your observational skills whilst working in 3D.

This is a great opportunity to discover, or return to, making 3­-dimensional work and develop an individual approach. There will be the option to leave your finished sculpture for hollowing and firing for an additional fee.

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.

  • Beginner

    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:

  • Beginner +

    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.

  • Intermediate

    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.

  • Advanced

    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.

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.

Hollowing fees: 

£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure

Firing Fees:

£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.

JESSICA WETHERLY

A London based sculptor, Jessica’s recent work presents creatures in curious and surreal landscapes with a sci-fi aesthetic that evoke questions of agency as we face the ecological and climate breakdown. The objects and images build worlds that investigate the blindness of anthropocentric society, using an intuitive and playful range of everyday materials haunted by human touch. A training in figurative sculpture forms the foundation to her practice in traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica excels at finding practical solutions to manifest ideas into reality and is interested in helping you discover meaning to your making within a wider contemporary and historical context. She is able to help students work with composition, anatomy, form and the architecture of space, applying core principals of observation to a variety of mediums. Jessica provides step by step methods to provide access for beginners whilst improving and directing intimidate and advanced students. Jessica teaches an array of drawing, sculpture, installation and critical practice. Jessica is a QEST Scholar and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with her first solo show in Austin, USA at the end of 2018. In 2019, Wetherly has been selected as the winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize and as the bursary award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has both public and private commissions including a permanent statue in Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth. Jessica has taken part in a number of residencies both in the UK and abroad in 2020 she will be taking part in Wild Biyoo in Goa, Korai Project Space in Cyprus and BilboaArte in the Basque Country.

Mermaid Court

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”.

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 booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • 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 at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring 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 of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.

“Brilliant. Day one with the life model was particularly good. The teacher was really fantastic.”

£185.00

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