Sculpture and Drawing Training

Ongoing Professional Training Courses

Places are still available for Autumn 2017.

 

How the course runs

The students have 30 hours of lessons per week, from Monday to Friday.

The tutoring is individual in a group workshop, and adapted to each student’s level. The carrying out of simple exercises allows him/her to gradually acquire new skills.

A certificate of attendance will be delivered at the end of the training.

The length of the course is nine months.

 

Course Details and Teaching Method :

 

­Sculpture Lessons

This aspect of the course aims to develop the relationship of volumes in space, and an understanding of the whole.

The daily practice of modeling (pliable material), where the student will work on the repetition of shapes and develop his/her mobility, and a sense of the three­dimensional and the whole.

  • Modeling : Techniques using modelling clay or malleable materials with life model, as well as carving a block
  • Ceramics : Cooking techniques for potter’s clay
  • Patina : Pigments, wax…
  • Casting : Sculptures made from a mould (plaster, silicon, elastomer, latex…)
  • Stone carving : direct sculpting, reproduction by compass, adjustment.
    Copies of original sculpture (plaster), anatomy study, (high and low relief, sculpture in the round).
    Study of sculpture through history (prehistoric to modern day) and from different civilisations (aisian, egyptian, african, european).
    Decorative motifs
    Geometrical patterns / greek and roman foliage / greek and roman capitals / renaissance tendrils / grotesques, mascarons, gargoyles.

 

Notions covered

 

  • Positioning of a mass or volume in space
  • Composition, perpendicularity, architecture
  • Notions of space, volume, surfaces, and light
  • Dynamic power of planes and masses
  • Flow, rythmn, over hang, pivots
    Strong points
  • The elevation on mass within space
  • Sense of dimentions, playing with shadows and light, synthesis, and variation
  • Intergration of decoration in architecture
  • Working on the overview :
    ­- each part subordinate to the overall,
    – ­brinning together all planes to create depth,
    – ­knowing your intention and how to develop your idea,
    – ­develop your sense of invention.

 

 

Materials used : stone, wood, clay, plaster, wax

 

Drawing lessons

How to observe: intensifying perception

Learning to observe the whole (space, surfaces, light, masse, volume).

Observing fluidly the whole, and alternation/looking between the space and having a sense of depth.

This consits of learning to see (or fixing your attention, feeling and developing your vision to awaken new sensations).

 

The language of shapes : spactial awareness and the effect of light on volume

Visualizing simple geometrical shapes : cube, sphere, cylinder.

The understanding of volume and light teaches us to express our own vision of space, and understanding what we move when we draw.

Learning to take a step back from : details, empty outlines, the extra line that has no purpose, naturalist drawings, an anatomical view of things, and intellect.

 

How to express this new knowledge :

The overall composition : learning to seek the overall look that brings unity. Eatch part contributes to the overall.
Permanent adjustments that bring to life our intentions, whereas concentrating on accuracy and precision holds us back from freely expressing ourselves and bringing something rich into the picture.

It consists of being able to evolve the forme freely, while developping and backing up your personnal intentions. The full composition highlights the tensions, and links nessesary to maintain the piece of art.

 

History of Art

Learning from different historical styles (greek, roman, gothique, renaissance,…) by observation and drawing reproduction.

Notions covered :

 

  • Harmony
  • Volume
  • Points of construction and strong points
  • Yhe notion of thickness and light
  • Contrast
  • Surface, and depth
  • Aaccuracy and blance / proportions
  • Composition
  • Highlighting the idea / character
  • The observational eye and the awareness of space…

 

Materials used : charcoal, lead mine, sanguine (red chalk), pencil, quill, ink and wash drawing…

 

 

Practice in the Workshop

There is no teacher! The instructor is there to pass on his experience daily in a non-academic enviroment.

­ The intern will initiate his/her personal projects.

The range of experimentation offered (see teaching methods) is carried out according to the needs of each person: the length of time needed for each person is obviously different but also also people responds differently to each experience.

The instructor is also an artist like the rest of the group; there is no sepration between the activity of creating and training. Participants are therefore expected to be autonomous in their work as well as in managing their rest times. The instructor comes and goes according to the need of the moment.

The enthousiasm of a living and collective activity : the place offers a combination of common and individual spaces, possibilities of individual and collective working.

 

Training outside the Workshop

Drawing in the museum : the observation of works of art is a weekly learning activity, necessary to shape each other’s artistic sensibility (observation, sketching, chosen study).

Drawing in real settings (town, countryside) : to develop your relation to space, urban constructions of roads and architecture, and to vegetation and rocks.

 

Timetable

 

Emploi du temps de la formation professionnelle continue

 

 

Professional Training

Professional Training uses the same teaching method as the on­going professional training.

The only difference is the lengh of the course, that is between one to nine months, depending on the availability of the student.

How Professional Training is Delivered

Students will have 30 hours of lessons per week, from Monday to Friday.

The tutoring is one­to­one within a group workshop, and adapted to each student’s level. The carrying out of simple exercises allows him/her to gradually acquire new skills.

A certificate of attendance will be delivered at the end of the training.

The length of the course is from one to nine months.

 

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The workshop also offers

different types of courses for drawing and modelling.