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.

Tue 23 Jul 2019 - Tue 29 Oct 2019

18:00 - 21:00

13 Sessions
6 spots remaining.

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

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The bust is a traditional sculptural equivalent to portrait painting - popular during the classical and renaissance periods. Figurative sculpture lives on in contemporary art through artists such as Ron Mueck, Patricia Piccinni and Ricky Swallow. The course consists of three projects designed to build beginners' skills through fundamental figurative sculpture techniques. By gradually building observational and modelling skills participants will be granted the chance to develop tangible skills in three-dimensional art making and observation. This course includes:

  • Still life drawing
  • Figure/life drawing
  • Marquette making
  • Clay modelling
  • Plaster casting

Course outline

Project 1 - Structure of the head

Week 1: Participants will do a series of drawings of skulls and skeletons. Through drawing, participants can focus on observational skills and a greater understanding of the structure beneath the surface of the head.

Week 2-3: Participants will attempt to create a cardboard skull. Using cardboard, hot glue, paper and tape, participants will create 3D structures at a 1:1 scale.

Week 4-5: Using the knowledge gained from week 1 and 2, participants will attempt to create a life-size skull by clay modelling.

Project 2 - Anatomy of the head

Week 6: Participants will do a series of life drawings with a seated model. Through drawing, participants can build on observational skills and develop a greater understanding of the human form.

Week 7-9: Using the same model, participants will create 1:1 clay bust over 3 weeks

Project 3 - Plaster casting

Week 10: Using the completed clay model, participants will be shown how to make a waste mold.

Week 11: Participants will remove the clay from their molds, seal them and cast a plaster positive.

Week 12: Participants will break their molds revealing their completed plaster cast.