The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

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Gain an overview of the practice and theory of sculpture and explore a range of traditional and experimental ways of working in three dimension.

Course outline

Sculpture is a great way to expand your creative design skills. An introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of Sculpture is provided as you explore a range of traditional and experimental ways of working in 3 dimensions. Engage in several projects, working progressively to the creation of a sculpture in concrete grout. Each project will encourage a playful, uninhibited approach to materials and processes. Sculptures, drawings, and photographs produced during the course can be used as the basis for a portfolio for entrance into the academic study at the ANU Sculpture Workshop.

  • Introduction: Sculpture & creativity
  • Cardboard sculptures
  • Introduction to plaster
  • Formal wire and plaster bandage sculpture
  • Wire and plaster bandage sculpture: surprising approach
  • ANU Open Day 26 August: clay/play photographs and drawings of exploration
  • Sculpting in clay, build on exploration of previous week
  • Mould making techniques

Learning outcomes

Students are introduced theory and practice in sculpture. Outcomes include:

  • Exploration of physical and conceptual qualities of the different material.
  • An appreciation of historical and contemporary sculpture references.
  • Apply techniques of balance and geometric reference.
  • Creating a visually stimulating project in clay sculpture.

Who should enrol

This is an introductory course suitable for all. Students planning to undertake future academic study are encouraged to participate and create a portfolio for submission to School of Art.

Course materials

You will need to bring a sculptor’s toolkit, personal safety equipment, and some basic materials. Some basic materials including plaster and cement grout will be provided.

  • A3 drawing pad
  • Drawing implements; charcoal, a range of pencils, pens and felt-tipped markers
  • Masking tape; Hot glue gun and glue sticks; Long nose pliers
  • Bull nose pliers; Scissors; Cutting knife; Clay modeling tools
  • Phone/camera to document sculptures
  • Safety glasses; Protective clothing; Covered footwear; Dust mask
No dates are currently scheduled.

In this introductory course, learn the equipment and processes associated with steel fabrication including mig welding, oxy-acetylene cutting, forging, and hand tools to design and construct a work using a selection of supplied steel formats.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction to tools, skills, and safety
  • Topic 2: Idea development and fabrication techniques
  • Topic 3: Individual work development and fabrication

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be introduced to a wide range of skills in working with steel
  • develop confidence in handling a wide range of tools and equipment from mig welding and forging to angle grinding
  • develop your own creative program in consultation with your tutor, to complete a project.

Who should enrol

Anyone with a love of creating!

Course materials

Students will need safety gear - riggers gloves, closed toe boots, and overalls. Safety gear will be discussed during the first week, providing guidance on necessary and optional purchases