Sculpture Courses

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE ON ANY OF THESE COURSES

PLEASE CALL US ON 0131 551 4490 OR EMAIL office@edinburghsculpture.org

 

Evening Courses

  • CLAY PORTRAITURE
    DUNCAN ROBERTSON
    Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • WOOD CARVING
    BIRTHE JORGENSEN
    Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    18 Oct 2017 - 6 Dec 2017
  • CLAY TIME
    KJERSTI SLETTELAND
    Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    1 Nov 2017 - 6 Dec 2017
  • SLIP CASTING & SMOKE FIRING
    MELLA SHAW
    Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    6 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018
  • WHAT A RELIEF!
    KATE IVE
    Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    7 Mar 2018 - 11 Apr 2018

Weekend Courses

  • INTRODUCTION TO METAL WORK
    JOE ETCHELL
    Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • CLAY FIGURE WEEKEND
    DUNCAN ROBERTSON
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
  • NUTS & BOLTS
    JOE ETCHELL
    Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    28 Oct 2017
  • HANNA TUULIKKI
    MASTERCLASS
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
  • SatARTday: Pish, Posh, Hieronymus Bosch
    Lillian Ptacek
    Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    11 Nov 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
  • COPY ALTER REPLAY
    JACK CHEETHAM
    Saturdays 10:00am - 4:00pm
    11 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
  • FLAT PACK SCULPTURE
    JOE ETCHELL
    Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    17 Feb 2018

Weekday Courses

  • STONE CARVING
    ALEX LOPEZ
    Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • SCHOOL OF SIDEWAYS SCULPTURE: CUT-UP
    ALEXA HARE
    Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    6 Oct 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
  • HOW TO MAKE A PLINTH
    JOE ETCHELL
    Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    23 Nov 2017
  • ARC FORCE
    JOE ETCHELL
    Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    29 Mar 2018

Evening Courses

CLAY PORTRAITURE
DUNCAN ROBERTSON
CLAY PORTRAITURE <br> DUNCAN ROBERTSON
6:30pm - 9:00pm
8 Weeks / 20 Hours
£200

17 October – 5 December 2017

&

6 February – 27 March 2018

 

I really enjoyed this course and never missed a session! I looked forward to every Tuesday. The facilities are wonderful and Duncan is very friendly and supportive’
Clay Portraiture course participant, Autumn 2016

 

Working with a life model over an eight week period this very popular and absorbing course helps develop observational skills and demonstrates clay modelling techniques to create a portrait sculpture. With individually focussed attention from the tutor, over the 8 weeks you will learn about:

 

– Clay application methods and texture
– Anatomy, form, proportion and composition
– Use of modelling tools and measuring
– Developing your understanding of portraiture       through sculptural expression


Number of places: 
10

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Duncan Robertson studied at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to be awarded the King Edward VII scholarship to study in Munich. He was a student of Eduardo Paolozzi and has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally, with residencies in Norway, Australia and Germany.

Duncan has over twenty years teaching experience, he works as a freelance gallery educator at the Scottish National Galleries and is a long term tutor on ESW’s learning programme.

http://www.duncanrobertson.co.uk/

WOOD CARVING
BIRTHE JORGENSEN
WOOD CARVING <br> BIRTHE JORGENSEN
Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 - 6 Dec 2017
6:30pm - 9:00pm
8 Weeks / 20 Hours
£195

This wood carving course will be led by artist Birthe Jorgensen. You will learn basic carving techniques and gain an understanding of wood as a material. The course is physical, challenging and fun and will encourage participants to discuss their ideas in relation to what this age old technique has to offer today.

The course will introduce you to:

– Historical and contemporary examples of wooden     sculpture
– Different carving techniques
– Hand tools and accessories used for wood carving   including advice on sharpening, maintenance and     health and safety

 

In the last session participants will present and discuss their work with one another.

 

Number of places: 10

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.

 


Birthe Jorgensen graduated with a BA Hons. in sculpture from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art (2003), whereafter she worked as a Live Visual Artist in the interdisciplinary company Apocryphal Theatre in London (2005-11). In 2013 she received an MLitt in Sculpture from the Glasgow School of Art, where she now works as a lecturer in the Sculpture and Environmental Art department. She has exhibited widely, and is currently a long term artist in residency e with Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (University of Glasgow).

http://www.birthejorgensen.com/

CLAY TIME
KJERSTI SLETTELAND
CLAY TIME <br> KJERSTI SLETTELAND
Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 - 6 Dec 2017
6:30pm - 9:00pm
5 Weeks / 12.5 Hours
£185

Clay Time will explore the different characteristics and qualities of clay.
Over the course you will:

 

– Examine clay’s own specific properties
– Experiment with various forms of clay from dark     grogged to fine porcelain
– Take risks and challenge traditional approaches     to clay materials and ceramic techniques
– Try out different approaches to working with clay   some slow focused pieces alongside a more           intuitive and playful approach

 

Number of places: 8

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Kjersti Sletteland received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art and BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of Wolverhampton. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Norway, Greece and Japan with ceramic works and sculpture of various materials. She has run art courses for several years, including adult education classes at ESW and work in schools.

http://www.kjerstisletteland.com/

SLIP CASTING & SMOKE FIRING
MELLA SHAW
SLIP CASTING & SMOKE FIRING <br> MELLA SHAW
Tuesday 6 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
4 Weeks / 10 Hours
£190

Running over four evenings this course will teach basic skills in plaster mould-making and slip-cast ceramics. You will be shown methods of decoration using masking techniques before the works are smoke fired in a traditional ceramic process which gives distinctive patination and subtle variation of surface colour and pattern.

 

Through the course you will learn how to:

– Make plaster moulds from objects
– Slip cast ceramics
– Smoke fire ceramics
– Decorate using masking techniques

 

The smoke firing will take place on Saturday 14 April 2018.

 

Number of places: 8

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Mella Shaw is an artist/maker using clay for her sculptural and installation work. With a background in Anthropology and documentary making, Mella came to ceramics as a second career. Since graduating with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013, Mella has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, with Solo shows in London and Stockholm.  Residencies include at the University of the Creative Arts – Farnham, Konstfack Institute – Stockholm and most recently at Time and Tide Museum – Great Yarmouth. In 2015 Mella was one of select group of artists chosen to represent the Best of British making at the British Ceramics Biennial ‘AWARD’ exhibition, in Stoke-on-Trent.

http://www.mellashaw.co.uk/

WHAT A RELIEF!
KATE IVE
WHAT A RELIEF! <br> KATE IVE
Wednesday 7 Mar 2018 - 11 Apr 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
6 Weeks / 15 Hours
£185

This course offers an exciting opportunity to learn techniques similar to those used in the production of coins and medals. The course will lead you through the process of creating a relief sculpture approximately 25cm.
You will learn to:

 

– Use oil based clay to model your basic form
– Make a plaster cast from your clay form
– Use engraving tools to carve plaster
– Learn to carve in both the positive and negative
– Use light and shade to depict form and create       your relief

 

Number of places: 8

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Kate Ive is an award-winning Edinburgh-based artist. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 with a degree in Sculpture BA (Hons). Kate maintains a diverse practice through which she makes work for exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions.

Kate has artworks in recognized public and private collections including the British Museum (London), Royal Mint Museum (Wales), the National Bank of Slovakia, University Museum of Bergen (Norway) and the Museo della Carta e Filigrana (Fabriano, Italy). Kate also regularly exhibits and undertakes art residencies in the UK and internationally

www.kateive.co.uk

Weekend Courses

INTRODUCTION TO METAL WORK
JOE ETCHELL
INTRODUCTION TO METAL WORK <br> JOE ETCHELL
9:30am - 4:30pm
3 hours training + 3 hours workshop time
£90

21 October 2017
18 November 2017
24 February 2018
24 March 2018

 

‘The course gave great coverage at the right pace’
Introduction to Metalwork course participant, Spring 2017

 

A basic introduction to the techniques needed to make a sculptural object in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining metal. The course will be a combination of demonstrations and practical work.

Participants will learn how to use the following equipment:

 

– MIG welder
– Plasma cutter
– Cold saw
– Grinders
– Pillar drills

 

Number of places: 3

Prior experience required: none


Joe Etchell is an artist, technician and fabricator who is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Graduating with a First Class BA (hons) in Sculpture from ECA in 2012 he has been involved with numerous art institutions in Edinburgh and beyond. He served as a committee member and director of the Embassy Gallery from 2012 to 2014 and has shown works across Scotland and the UK.

www.joeetchell.com

CLAY FIGURE WEEKEND
DUNCAN ROBERTSON
CLAY FIGURE WEEKEND <br> DUNCAN ROBERTSON
Saturday & Sunday 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
10 Hours
£180

Working with a life model this weekend course introduces clay modelling techniques and develops observational techniques to produce a small figure using air drying clay.

The course will teach:

– Measuring skills
– Anatomy and form
– Clay application and texture

 

Number of places: 10

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Duncan Robertson studied at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to be awarded the King Edward VII scholarship to study in Munich. He was a student of Eduardo Paolozzi and has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally, with residencies in Norway, Australia and Germany.

Duncan has over twenty years teaching experience, he works as a freelance gallery educator at the Scottish National Galleries and is a long term tutor on ESW’s learning programme.

http://www.duncanrobertson.co.uk/

NUTS & BOLTS
JOE ETCHELL
NUTS & BOLTS <br> JOE ETCHELL
Saturday 28 Oct 2017
9:30am - 4:30pm
3 hours training + 3 hours workshop
£90

Key Equipment: Cold Saw and Pillar Drill

Using a range of round bar, plate and sheet materials, participants will be introduced to cutting and drilling techniques used in the production of a range of component parts. The course will also outline the use of cutting and tapping techniques towards production of a small abstract sculpture using just drilling and bolting methods.

 

Number of places: 3
Prior experience required:
 none


Joe Etchell is an artist, technician and fabricator who is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Graduating with a First Class BA (hons) in Sculpture from ECA in 2012 he has been involved with numerous art institutions in Edinburgh and beyond. He served as a committee member and director of the Embassy Gallery from 2012 to 2014 and has shown works across Scotland and the UK.

www.joeetchell.com

HANNA TUULIKKI
MASTERCLASS
HANNA TUULIKKI <br> MASTERCLASS
Saturday & Sunday 28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
10 Hours
£195

‘A really worthwhile experience. I enjoyed working with people who shared interest in using voice in their work – helped me to see ideas and the possibility of new work’

 

Vocal masterclass participant, Autumn 2016

A unique opportunity to work with one of Scotland’s leading visual artists, Hanna Tuulikki. For this two-day exploratory workshop, Hanna  will introduce participants to aspects of her vocal practice, taking in elements of her recent scores. She will share her unique approach and guide the class through explorations of:

 

– Wordless song
– Extended vocal expression and improvisation
– Listening meditation
– Breath work and toning vowels
– Ensemble exercises
– Visual notation

 

Each session will begin with an hour of Feldenrais facilitated by Simone Kenyon, preparing the body for the practice of deep listening and singing.
Lunch is included and will be provided by Café Milk on both days.

Number of places: 10

Prior experience required: none


Hanna Tuulikki is an artist, composer and performer, specialising in working with the voice to create textural tapestries of extended vocal sound that sit at the heart of live performances, films and audiovisual installations. Blending musical composition with gestural choreography and iconic costume, she augments the work with ‘satellite elements’ – innovative visual-scores, intricate drawings, poetic texts and sculptural objects – which act as dramaturgical keys, unlocking subject-matter or narrative.

 

Projects include Away with the Birds, a composition for female vocal ensemble, investigating the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song; SING SIGN: a close duet, a wordless voice-gesture suite for male-female duo, exploring body-in-communication in relation to gender and city; Women of the Hill, a song-cycle for female trio, responding to archaeology and topography of an Iron-age site; and SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY an audiovisual installation inspired by India’s mnemonic landscapes and the relationship between river-systems, the body, and the gestural Sanskrit theatre of Kutiyattam.

www.hannatuulikki.org


Simone is a UK Dance Artist and Feldenkrais practitioner. She creates works that encompass dance and somatic practices in relation to environment, ecology, walking arts and site responsive performance making. Her work explores walking as a choreographic practice, sensory experience and embodied perceptions of environments.

www.neilandsimone.co.uk

 

SatARTday: Pish, Posh, Hieronymus Bosch
Lillian Ptacek
SatARTday: Pish, Posh, Hieronymus Bosch <br> Lillian Ptacek
Saturday 11 Nov 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
8 Hours
£40

For ages 8 – 12

Create ‘pickle-winged fish’ and ‘three-legged thistles’ in these puppet workshops led by artist Lilian Ptáček. We will invent our own fantastical creatures and enter the surreal world of the fifteenth-century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch. Over 4 workshops we will make puppets using paper maché and design and make outlandish costumes from fabric and found objects. In the final session you will bring your creatures to life in a story of your own making.

 

A number of free bursary places are available for the SatARTday workshops – form more information contact Debi, learning@edinburghsculpture.org

 


Lilian Ptáček is a visual artist currently working in Glasgow, where she graduated from The Glasgow School of Art. Her practice primarily consists of prints and sculptures that form collages, either across the image plane or within the dynamics of an installation. Lilian recently undertook a residency at The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, New York where she was preparing for an exhibition at Espacio Urg3l Madrid.

www.lilianptacek.com

COPY ALTER REPLAY
JACK CHEETHAM
COPY ALTER REPLAY <br> JACK CHEETHAM
Saturdays 11 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
10 Hours
£180

‘The tutor was excellent, his delivery was spot on and his knowledge is obviously vast. The pace and variety of methods we were taught far exceeded expectations, I loved it!’
Copy, Alter, Replay participant, Spring 2017

 This course introduces traditional as well as experimental mould-making, casting & forming techniques using a selection of objects as a starting point.

 

Over two Saturdays participants will learn:

– Fundamental techniques & principles of studio       mould-making, casting & forming
– To mix and pour a range of materials
– To use coloured fillers & pigments to tint         plaster, Jesmonite, wax
– To make basic silicone moulds
– To cast small objects in pewter

 

Number of places: 8

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: materials, use of tools and session vouchers to be used over the duration of the course.


Jack Cheetham predominantly explores why people attach importance to specific places and things through paraphernalia associated with certain lifestyles. These associations unfold through the playfulness of seductive aspects of certain materials, processes and techniques.

Jack graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2014. He has also studied Fine Art in London, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK with recent international shows in Germany & Iceland. He makes work in a range of sculptural processes, including casting, modelling and installation, often combining materials to create assemblages. He currently also works as a Sculpture Technician & Tutor at Glasgow School of Art.

http://www.jcheetham.com/

FLAT PACK SCULPTURE
JOE ETCHELL
FLAT PACK SCULPTURE <br> JOE ETCHELL
Saturday 17 Feb 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm
3 hours training + 3 hours workshop time
£90

Key Equipment: Bandsaw, Pillar Drill, and Router

You will learn how to create small scale sculptures which join together without using adhesives or fittings. Using cutting and slotting exercises this short course will introduce you to key equipment in the Wood Workshop and allow for the creation of a small sculpture from sheet material.

 

Number of places: 3
Prior experience required:
none


Joe Etchell is an artist, technician and fabricator who is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Graduating with a First Class BA (hons) in Sculpture from ECA in 2012 he has been involved with numerous art institutions in Edinburgh and beyond. He served as a committee member and director of the Embassy Gallery from 2012 to 2014 and has shown works across Scotland and the UK.

https://www.joeetchell.com/

Weekday Courses

STONE CARVING
ALEX LOPEZ
STONE CARVING <br> ALEX LOPEZ
2:00pm - 4:00pm
8 Hours
£120

11 October – 1 November 2017

or 

8 November – 29 November 2017

Working in small groups of four allows focused attention and support from the tutor. This practical skills course provides an introduction to the tools and basic carving techniques used for working in limestone and is an excellent introduction to this interesting and surprisingly flexible material.

 

Number of places:  4
Prior experience required:  none

 


Alex Lopex graduated from the School of Fine Art, Neuquen, Argentina and has a degree in Art History from Edinburgh University. He has worked with Jorge Michelotti. Alex has exhibited widely in Argentina, Portugal, Greece and Scotland and made several public art commissions.

http://sculpted-art.com/

SCHOOL OF SIDEWAYS SCULPTURE: CUT-UP
ALEXA HARE
SCHOOL OF SIDEWAYS SCULPTURE: CUT-UP <br> ALEXA HARE
Friday 6 Oct 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
10 Weeks / 30 Hours
£195

‘I felt like I was going on holiday every Friday…The course was a great way to kick start, get out of a rut and get things moving forward… I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to get back to it after a long break away’
School of Sideways participant, Summer 2017

 

School of Sideways Sculpture is based around the practices of some of Scotland’s best contemporary practitioners and this term will be led by Alexa Hare. The course allows you to develop ideas and test different creative approaches over a period of time with the support of the tutor and peer group. The first five weeks of this course concentrates on developing a new set of skills through experimental collage making. The group will work collaboratively at times and discussions will be documented in various ways, transcribed and edited later as ‘scripts’ to accompany collages made. The starting point for collage making will be a collection of large-format art books. Each workshop will introduce different ways of approaching collage and cut-up technique, such as visual game playing, chance and ‘magic’. Materials gathered will be further developed using techniques such as marbling, printmaking, bookmaking and performance. The second half of the course allows participants allotted studio time to develop work in a direction suitable for their own interests and aspirations with guidance from the tutor in a peer learning environment.

 

Number of places: 10

Prior experience required: none

Included in the course price: Materials, use of tools and 17.5 hours of self-directed learning to be used on Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm during the second half of the course.

 


Alexa Hare is an artist based in Edinburgh. Using collage techniques such as cut up and digital/video mash ups, Alexa makes works drawn from images found in books, magazines and film. Performance, script writing and music also play a role throughout her practice. Alexa collaborates with artist Francesca Nobilucci – Yokollection is the name under which they work together. Alexa has also founded a gallery space within her flat, she was Co-director of Embassy Gallery 2010-12 and a member of the experimental pop band PET (KutuFolk Records)

http://www.harealexa.com/

HOW TO MAKE A PLINTH
JOE ETCHELL
HOW TO MAKE A PLINTH <br> JOE ETCHELL
Thursday 23 Nov 2017
9:30am - 4:30pm
3 hours training + 3 hours workshop time
£90

Key Equipment: Table Saw, Chop Saw, and Nail Gun
You will develop the skills to use these pieces of equipment in the Wood Workshop to accurately cut materials and use a selection of joining techniques to create small bespoke plinths.

 

Number of places: 3
Prior experience required:
None

 


Joe Etchell is an artist, technician and fabricator who is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Graduating with a First Class BA (hons) in Sculpture from ECA in 2012 he has been involved with numerous art institutions in Edinburgh and beyond. He served as a committee member and director of the Embassy Gallery from 2012 to 2014 and has shown works across Scotland and the UK.

www.joeetchell.com

ARC FORCE
JOE ETCHELL
ARC FORCE <br> JOE ETCHELL
Thursday 29 Mar 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm
3 hours training + 3 hours workshop time
£90

Key Equipment: Plasma and MIG Welding

The course will demonstrate techniques in freeform cutting and the merging of sheet steel. You will be introduced to two key electrical arc based processes in the form of plasma cutting and MIG welding to produce a small sculpture from offcuts and scrap material provided by ESW.

 

Number of places: 3
Prior experience required:
None

 


Joe Etchell is an artist, technician and fabricator who is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Graduating with a First Class BA (hons) in Sculpture from ECA in 2012 he has been involved with numerous art institutions in Edinburgh and beyond. He served as a committee member and director of the Embassy Gallery from 2012 to 2014 and has shown works across Scotland and the UK.

https://www.joeetchell.com/

DISCOUNTS

10% discount: seniors, students, unemployed and benefits claimants

15% discount: Professional and Ordinary members of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

PAYMENT METHODS

ESW offers a new opportunity for anyone interested in developing skills and techniques within certain material processes, working one to one with tutors or in very small groups.  For stone carving, metal work or wood work training please email admin@edinburghsculpture.org

Bookings are on request and tutors will need at least three weeks’ notice.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card over the phone or in person, or by cash in person.

Cheques are no longer accepted.

PAYMENT

Payment in full is required to confirm your place, and should be made at least 2 full weeks before the course starts, to allow time to order materials for that course.

CANCELLATIONS

If Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop cancels a course for any reason, a full refund will be given.

A refund will be issued if we receive notice of cancellation of a course booking at least 7 days prior to the course start date. Please note in this case there is a cancellation fee of 10% retained by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

No refunds will be issued if a booking is cancelled after 7 days however in the event that we are able to fill your place, we will issue a refund less the 10% cancellation charge.

For More information Download the Cancellation Policy Here

CONDITIONS

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s courses are for adults aged 16 and over.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop reserves the right to change any aspect of the advertised courses.

All course prices include VAT at the current rate.

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