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Introduction to Sculpture Short Course

August 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Introduction to Sculpture Short Course – 5 Weeks

Starting Thursday 27th August 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Introduction to Sculpture Short Course will prepare you to move into more advanced sculpture classes as you will learn the most common techniques to build in clay, mix clay with other media, and understand shrinkage, firing and dimensional issues with using clay as a sculptural medium.

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Week One

  • Basic modelling
  • Learn how to use a single piece of clay to pinch out a figurine
  • Anatomy and the difference it makes to representing your form
  • Using images (Pinterest) to plan the form

Week Two

  • Using pinch potting to create small to medium sized work
  • Work flow for all sculptural work
  • Controlling clay dryness and wetness and thixotropity

Week Three

  • Using coiling to make medium sized work
  • Work flow for coiling
  • Working quickly to create the form
  • Finishing off work with texture, additions,
  • Making alterations when the form is not what you were looking for

Week Four

  • Sculpting at scale (theory and discussion)
  • Using armaments and props (when and when not to)
  • Making a small piece from many sections, joined later with wire

Week Five

  • Using mixed media
  • Attachment methods
  • Planning considerations
  • Finishing work

Where to from here?

Towards the end of 2020 we will run and advanced sculpting class that will go through the process of planning, applying and developing the maquette and executing the main work. The focus of this course will be applying for Swell 2021.

$450 fully inclusive – all clay and glaze materials, some tools, and all firings. You may need to find mixed media items for your work.

Your teacher is Cherie Noble – Masters in Visual Arts, exhibiting “Polly” and “Bower”.


August 27, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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