Beginners/improvers

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £  Conc £68 Full £455

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30 11 MAC 18/09/2019 04/12/2019 AF1514

What will the course cover?

This course is designed to introduce you to ceramic handbuilding techniques. During this course you will be able to experiment with different types of clay, glazes and decorating techniques to create ceramic forms either functional or sculptural.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced ceramicists.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To be able to understand instructions given in English and basic maths to calculate cost of clay etc.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

• Learn a range of hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab working and using press moulds. • Experiment with decorating techniques such as glazing, slip painting and develop mark making techniques exploring the visual elements of line, texture, colour and shape. • Develop a range of making techniques working using soft clay and leather hard clay and experiment with the visual elements through the use of collage and decorating techniques for example printing on clay with under glaze and coloured slips. Resist decorating techniques with paper stencils and latex, and learn how to create interesting glazed surfaces through the use of multiple firings. • You will develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics through learning about artists.

How is the course organised?

Demonstrations of a range of advanced techniques. Individual practical activity. Individual guidance. Group and individual discussion.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To get the most from this course you are advised to research information for projects and to keep notes and sketches to support your 3D work. The use of a smart phone or similar to record work in progress would be beneficial.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded in your own Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Continue this course to develop your skills further or move on to a higher level course. Please ask your tutor for advice. All learners will have the opportunity to showcase work made in an end of year exhibition.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

An apron or ‘workshop’ clothes, Sketch-book and drawing materials. Brushes and clay tools, plastic bags. Clay is charged per pound of clay to cover materials and firing costs.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.