Pottery Skills for Beginners

Ref: C2342000

Students will research into sea life forms as inspiration for their clay work. Observing the width of shape forms, patterns and colour found in sea life. Develop hand building construction methods, use of tools and surface decorating techniques in the design and creation of their clay sea creatures. Students will explore the environmental issues of the impact of plastics on the sea and the creatures that live in it. Students will make individual pieces such as fish, turtles, crabs or sea horses. The finished clay work will be integrated within a net that has been woven with plastic to illustrate the effects of plastic polution on our oceans. This to be diplayed at the centre.

Course aim

To develop skills in the use of pottery hand building techniques to create a range of clay work based on the theme of Under the Waves. To put together a group display to illustrate the effects of plastic pollution on sea life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Research and select information on sealife for clay work
  • Demonstrate appropriate construction skills
  • Select and show how to use tools and objects to add surface texture to your work
  • Demonstrate different techniques of applying colour to your clay work
  • Explain the effects of plastic polution on sea life

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Pottery Skills for Beginners


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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