Workshop Information

Workshop Information

The sculpture groups only have 6-8 students , to allow for individual attention and guidance, and  for socially distanced space. The teaching style makes the sculpture workshops suitable for all levels,  from beginners to accomplished artist working in another medium.

The three hour sessions costs between  £30 for regular all-term students, and £35 for  a trial  or one-off session. This cost excludes clay and firing of the sculpture , which is charged at cost only.

Taster sessions for Newcomers:
New students can try out an ongoing class with a vacancy   to discover  whether sculpture, the set up, or  my teaching style suits them. I recommend  at least TWO sessions for a TRIAL  : one to build up the still-wet sculpture; a second session in which to carve the dried/hardened clay.  Both sessions involve a set of  very different skills, all needed to complete a sculpture, and get a taste of what is involved.

Gift Vouchers for sculpture sessions can be offered, with an email PDF or a  hand written sculpture postcard sent after booking.
For suitable dates, please contact me by email or phone, and I will research my google calendar

Regular Classes

I teach regular Sculpture Classes on  Monday mornings and evenings, Wednesday  mornings and Thursday evenings They last for three hours, from 10-1 , or 5.45 – 20.45,  

Due to Corona, I currently teach adults students  outdoors in the garden and courtyard, under both a canvas and solid gazebo outdoors.

Bespoke Sculpture Workshops

Bespoke sculpture workshops for families, anniversary or celebrations or  groups of friends

With this arrangement, student(s) themselves determine the date and the size of the group ( max. of 7).  Pricing is as follows:

£135 for  one person only (£45 /hour)

£160 for 2 students, £190 3 students, and £220 for 4 students,£240 for 5 students;  £270 for 6 students and  £300 for 7 students, 

Family Workshops

Children’s holidays classes have been stalled for the time being , due to Corona, and might re-start  once this is safe again. As an alternative , I can offer bespoke family workshops  with students from  no more than two “bubbles”, for their own and my safety. Time and day would be by mutual agreement; duration no shorter than 3 hours.

As a teacher, I encourage children and adults to share the studio, as I find that all students benefit from it. The children are calmer and apply themselves more to their work. The adults on the other hand, feel encouraged to tackle a new project, as they see the children approaching the sculpting with  less hesitation.

Individual tuition

One-to one tuition might be suitable for a GCSE or A Level student, wanting to complement their art teaching at school; or someone intending to improve their portfolio before applying for art school or an architecture degree; or for an experienced sculpture student, already sculpting in their own studio at home, and bringing their sculptures to my studio.  They might want feedback, pointers to new sources of inspiration, constructive criticism or suggestions for improvement.

Or for someone who wants to avoid groups due to corona risk of infection. Individual tuition can also be offered by Zoom, especially to those who had previous in-person teaching with myself

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Sculpture Studio

parking & Location

location

parking at sculpture workshops oxford all in the driveway

I  teach in my home and studio in Garford, near Oxford.

The address is: 

Lime Tree Cottage, Garford, Abingdon , OX13 5PF

Coming from Oxford on the A420, turn left at the round about onto the Wantage road; A338.

Please park in my drive way and on all of my front garden. PLEASE DONT PARK on the green beside the road, or on the opposite side of the road.

I am straight past the Frilford junction (with two sets of lights, and a Shell petrol station on the left hand side ),  staying on the A338 towards Wantage; after  2 minutes of driving, just after a  set og sharp bends over a  small bridge , take the FIRST right towards Garford.

If you miss this turning, take the next one.

In Garford, coming from Oxford,  I am on the left hand side, passing the village hall, and arriving  on the third driveway AFTER  the war memorial.

 If you passed the gate post with the sculpture on top, you have gone too far . Reverse in “Dairy Meadow”,  the next road on the right hand side ( and please not in the next doors neighbour’s driveway –  he would complain to me!).

Arriving for the first time

Take care with the parking  –  as you arrive earlier, you can take the first space close to the garage.

Walk past the main  house entrance door, round the corridor to the back gate, to find the studio  in the back garden. You will find the disinfection station on the way.

The studio is spread over two rooms and a gazebo area between them , and your own prepared small table awaits you in one of the rooms.

In the warm season, during Corona, I teach in the garden under a canvas gazebo. Please have a look through the ” Sculpture Studio ” Slide show !

Your First Session

If you can arrive 15 minutes before the start,  so I can show your round the studio, garden and kiln shed, and  we possibly could find  topic for a sculpture that will inspire you for the session.

You will be joining a regular  class, with all levels of experience and skills represented, and all manner of styles and topics of sculptures. In my experience,  this  works to your benefit , and will help you absorb the skills and confidence present in the group.

teaching materials

Where to find things?

Aprons you can find just before the toilet in the back off the side room. Coat hangers are just outside the side room , to the right. You can leave your belongings ( bag) beside your own table.

Tools sorted in many containers, are  found to the right , as you enter the conservatory. I have collected so many different tools, as I believe that the right tool for the job  is  essential  to help you manipulate the clay surface, and thereby acquire sculpting techniques. So over the course of a few sessions, you will be able to try  many tools, and  discover  for yourself what they uniquely can achieve for you .

Your table will have:

  • a turntable/lazy suzan on top of some boards and tins (  to adjust for the sculpture to positioned at your eye level);
  • some  of the tools you will need,
  • pre-hardened hard  clay to start a new sculpture;
  • middle hard clay in a close plastic tub.
  • Underneath your table you will find cleaning materials for the end of session.

You can bring your own ideas long –  or come along without one, and be inspired  by the sculptures, teaching materials  and images you will discover.

If possible , I prefer that you start for your first sculpture  with a 3D model of some kind    be it  a toy  animal,  a sculpture by myself or left behind by other students, or something you bring along.

This will help you a great deal observing and copying the all round views of the object you want to create –  not easily done from one photo /view alone!

sculpture workshops oxford teaching materials laminated images

Teaching Materials

To further help finding relevant visual information to start a sculpture, I have built up an extensive library of sculpture books and  laminated images containing

1. Sculptures from different historical periods

2. Sculptural instructions (making a head, an animal… )

3. Photographic references

4.  A large collection of realistic, (Schleich) toy animals

5. Some 3D plaster teaching materials (facial features, torso.. )

6 A collection of natural objets ( seeds, shells, skulls)

7. I have created an online gallery of  sculpture images  from various art historical periods, or contemporary sculptors.

Or you  simply can find a sculpture, by myself or left behind by some students, that initially interests and inspires you to get started on your own sculpture . This might ( or might not) soon  take on a life of its own, and move you on into your own direction , away  from pure copying and observation.

Tools and Equipment

Storing, firing & collection of sculptures

Storing, Firing & Collection Of Sculptures

Sculptures need to be wrapped in two layers of plastic bags to be kept damp, ready to sculpt on in  the next session. If the sculpture is very dry , score and dampen, and/or wrap in a damp cloth.

Regular students store their unfinished  wrapped up sculptures in their designated half-shelves  in the two green sheds round the corner from the studio, against the neighbourly boundary fence. Trial  students store their sculpture relating to the day and time of their next session.

One-off students, who are not sure whether or when they return for more work, should take their sculptures home, and bring them back when they come again .The same applies for students leaving after a term’s work, and not sure whether they will return . I have got an issue with storage space –  and stored sculptures  can easily get mislaid , if their owner does not return soon .

I cannot store sculptures for longer than 3 months –  after that they might dry up, and I will need to recycle them.

I have got a large kiln (  )  in the shed at the back of the garden; once this can be filled, I run a firing, every 6-10 weeks approximately in term-time. With a very tall  sculpture, I might have to wait longer to  find an equally sized sculpture for a kiln shelf.

The cost of a fired sculpture is determined by size (height of shelf needed), weight , and kind of clay  used –  though this is not a scientific method, but based on experience.

Kiln filled with sculptures

Cost of firing and clay

Is not included in the tuition fee. Obviously it varies depending on the sculpture, and  is charged at cost only , depending on the amount of clay used, and the space taken in the kiln. It needs to be paid for in cash, if possible.

clay

I only store two kinds of stoneware, grogged clay, which you can buy if you want to work form home:

1. £8.50 “Grey Crank craft”, fires off-white/light-beige

2. or £12.50 “Pink Craft Crank Mixture”, fires orange to dark beige at bisque temperature

 

Studio etiquette & Tyding Up

Monday ceramic sculpture workshop for teenagers and adult art students near Oxford

Studio Etiquette and Clay Recyling

Please mute your mobile phone, or if you can, shut it down. If possible, take your  Mobile phone conversations outdoors.

Clay is constantly recycled and kept damp in plastic tubs, of a different consistency for different purpose:

1. Very wet (“slip”) –  suitable for gluing hard parts of a sculpture together

2. middle soft , for “buttering on “ layers of clay with the kidney tool

3. Normal/hard: for ordinary sculpting

4.  Very hard, pre-dried clay to start a sculpture is kept on the window sill  either side of the entrance of the conservatory

5. To collect dry clay at the end of your session , use a special  tub  for that purpose, and don’t mix the small hard bits (cuttings or shavings from carving) into the containers of “good “  useable clay.

Bespoke private family sculpture workshop

Tidying up

is undertaken  communally in the last ten minutes of the session:

1. On the first session of starting a sculpture, leave your sculpture on the table to dry. 

2. In all other cases,   store  the sculpture  wrapped up in plastic outside in the sheds, on the shelf reserved for weekday/time of your group. Cover the sculpture from below with a plastic bag, and if necessary another one from the top ,  to avoid the sculpture  drying out .

3. Clean your table: empty the table surface; scrape  remaining clay bits  with a square tool, or a brush, into a plastic tub .

4. Keep the clay damp in its plastic box by closing the  lid firmly ; possibly score and spray to re-dampen it

5. Clean table, tins, turntable with antiseptic spray and a cloth

6. Clean tools with antiseptic spray , and wire  wool;  Leave the tools on the table, return books to the library

7.  Sweep around and underneath your table

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