Modelling: Self-Hardening Clay

Ref: C3528299

This fun, introductory course will show you the possibilities for making sculpture with self-hardening clay. You will be guided through a series of exercises by our experienced tutor and have the opportunity to explore more individual ideas.

Course aim

This course will introduce you to the sculptural possibilities of self-hardening clay through a series of exercises and then through individual exploration.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

* modelling a clay face * using coiling, pinching and slab building to create a decorative vessel * exploring texture and pattern to make a clay plaque

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Model a clay face with self-hardening clay Use coiling, pinching and slabbing to make a clay vessel Use texture and pattern to make a decorative plaque

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will get direct feedback during class along with individual demonstrations to help improve their clay handling.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

You will need an apron and, if you have dry skin, your normal hand cream.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

After the course, students can progress onto the wire and modroc sculpture course. They can also continue exploring clay work at home.

Download full course outline

Modelling: Self-Hardening Clay Course Outline

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