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Deptford, London SE8
This is the online version .. for the time being .. of the popular and long established in-person studio course.
David Neat is a professional maker with more than 35 years experience in theatre, film, 3D design, architecture and exhibitions. He is a practicing sculptor and qualified teacher; author of ‘Model-making: Materials and Methods’ a comprehensive, interdisciplinary book on model-making and, since 2012, his instructional Wordpress site www.davidneat.wordpress.com
David’s emphasis in these workshops is on accessible techniques of building, modelling/shaping, surfacing and finishing relevant to designers and makers in various disciplines. All is as live and as ‘actual’ as possible, with minimal recorded content. There is a focus on ‘realism’ in representation, geared more to theatre and film work, but the aim in keeping the course solidly materials-based is to provide just as much of relevance to model-making for other disciplines such as interior design. Each session will offer a wealth of information, supported by specially prepared examples and worksheets, and clarified through demonstrations and practical exercises. Main areas covered include:
methods of constructing or shaping with card, plastics and foams, for basic architecture and detailed scale furniture; modelling with soft materials and relief media; mouldmaking for casting; achieving various realistic surface/texture treatments and paint finishes.
Materials are sent in a ‘Course Pack’, including some specially made tools, but participants need their own basic equipment at home. Each will contribute their own varied knowledge and talent, making this a valuable opportunity to discuss and compare personal experience. Whether a beginner, or with more of a hobby interest, or a professional seeking more specific guidance...this unique course will help you on your way.
The cost per person will be £250, and the group size will be limited to 10.
Contact email@example.com for more information including a more detailed daily schedule.
Deptford, London SE8
This is the chance to work together, and give you bespoke tuition which is directly suited to your needs! My long-established Model-making Techniques Course has been very popular, featuring exercises and demonstrations which I’ve tried to keep applicable to most disciplines, but there are inevitably some people who have alreadly covered the basics but now have more specific or advanced aspects of model-making in mind. In addition artists or designers turning to model-making for the first time may only need guidance for a specific project.
My solution is to offer a tailored ‘course’ of five 2-hour sessions, which can be arranged at times to suit. First of all we will have a Zoom ‘chat’ to discuss and determine what you need (or want) to learn, and this will include sorting out the materials and equipment you’ll need to have. Then each 2-hour teaching session will deal, through step-by-step instruction or demonstration, with the methods or techniques you’ll need, with enough time arranged between the sessions for you to put these into practice, each time followed in the next session by a review of what you’ve done. Your practical work is therefore done in your own time, and I will send you the recording of each teaching session after it’s done to recap from.
The full cost of the course is £250.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to talk about it.
28th August - 3rd September
5th - 11th September
Atelier La Juntana, in collaboration with the Architecture Official College of Cantabria and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, is organising the fifth edition of the summer workshop ‘Model Making in the Digital Age’ for architects (both students and professionals) and makers willing to investigate and discover different techniques and materials, while developing an architectural model. The workshop will particularly observe the relationship between traditional craft and digital design. Led by architects Armor and Nertos Gutiérrez Rivas, along with interdisciplinary artist Daniel Gutiérrez Adán, the next workshops will take place at Atelier La Juntana, located in Santander, Spain. Both beginners with little prior experience and those with specific professional interests are invited to participate.
The workshop is a full-time course, starting at 09.30am and finishing at 5.30pm each day, with a total of 56 learning hours. Each participant will have his or her own working space; access to Wi-Fi and the library, printer and plotter; a resting area in the garden; and access to a small kitchen. The booking fee includes all practical materials, an instructional publication and pick-up service from Santander. Accommodation in the surroundings of the workshop can also be provided upon request. The course is recognised by the Polytechnic Architecture University of Madrid as part of the University Programme, and students are granted 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) upon completion.
The course is taught across a series of short exercises combining theory and practice, through which students are challenged to solve a given brief by means of making. Varying in scale and duration, the exercises will be conducted through direct experimentation and manufacturing, and will include techniques such as embossing, etching, carving, moulding, and casting, making the students aware of the production time and process.
AA Visiting School courses, competitions and workshops are built around agenda driven project briefs that are pursued and shaped by participants working intensively in small groups, and are led by AA tutors and other international experts.
Central to each is the idea that experimental, new and provocative forms of architecture are best learned by doing.
The school promotes, tests and challenges contemporary global interests and issues in architectural learning and exchange by embedding a diverse group of creative participants and tutors in an array of unique rural, urban, international and online contexts.
Jennifer Kidd, an experienced animator, sculptor, painter, model maker and graduate of the Royal College of Art, runs a number of short courses from her studio on London City Island. There are numerous sessions for each course during the year, check the website (link below) for dates and costs.
This course takes place at a location of your choosing.
This is an advanced course for anyone wanting to learn how to build a fully articulated puppet that they can animate and create their own films and reels with.
For this course if you have an idea of what puppet you would like to make, then bring in a picture.
For most people, you won’t which is perfectly fine as your puppet and its look will develop over the weekend :)
Bring an apron or at least don’t wear your finest as glues and other materials can stain.
This is a 2 day course / 10:00 - 18:00
14th - 15th September
20th - 21st September
Frederick Road, Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 7RA
Join us for a seminar where we will explore the complete process of moulding and casting soft props. Each student will have the opportunity to create a mould of their chosen prop, which could be a dagger, gun, or another prop to be determined.
From this mould, we will cast a piece and cover important techniques such as pre-painting into the mould, inserting armatures, and selecting the appropriate foam and finishing techniques.
Don't miss this chance to enhance your skills in soft prop moulding and casting.
£350.00 per person plus VAT (including light refreshments)
19th - 20th October
Unit 2 Aspen Way, Five Ways Business Centre, Feltham Middlesex TW13 7AQ
Join us for a two-day seminar where we will explore intermediate techniques in prosthetic mould-making.
We will delve into the process of creating a two-part resin mould for a prosthetic nose and use this mould to cast a piece out of silicone gel. We will also demonstrate the principles and process behind preparing a core, sculpting, and moulding a prosthetic ear. We will also cover important topics such as defining a cutting edge, flashing up, and placement of touch downs.
Valuable insights into the dos and don'ts of mould-making, including cleaning, releasing, and applying cap plastic to the moulds will be reviewed.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn advanced techniques and enhance your skills in prosthetic mould-making.
£350.00 per person plus VAT (including light refreshments)
3rd October - 5th December
16th January - 13th February 2024
ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH
15 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00
This extended 15-week modelmaking course will provide you with valuable and specialist insight into the world of professional modelmaking. You'll discover the processes, materials and techniques used to create amazing models, landscapes, and sculptures.
Seminar Cost: £459 per person.
Further information & booking: website
City Lit is London’s largest college for adult students and located close to Covent Garden.
City Lit offers short courses in Model making, Interior design and decoration, decorative surface treatment, garden design and computer aided design (Sketch up Pro, Vectorworks).
London Sculpture Workshop is the first, London based, not-for-profit, community interest based company with exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making work in 3D.
They offer a continual program of excellent short courses including: Metal Fabrication, Wood Furniture Design, Introductory Welding for Artists, Silicone Mould Making, Glazing Techniques, Casting and Sculpting in Jesmonite and Casting in Concrete & Plaster.
They are based in Woolwich, South East London.