Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Character modelling

Although we do most of our art learning at home, whenever there are interesting sessions conducted by artists working in other medium, we go and learn from them.

We spent a very interesting afternoon learning the art of modelling characters from a sculptor.  Even though Tiger has enjoyed the tactile experience of modelling clay and plasticine at home, this was the first time he has a specific tuition for three hours by a practising sculptor.

Not only did Tiger learn new modelling techniques, but he was also guided in useful sculpting skills such as using various modelling tools to make detailed markings, how to remove excess clay efficiently while considering overall form.  I learnt a lot about clay modelling from the session too.

While Tiger was busy with the lesson, I was busy chatting with the lady who also happens to be the principal of an art school in London!  We had a good exchange about what we each do in terms of art.  Tiger did well for himself by impressing her with his concentration and ability that she said she would make an exception for him to be enrolled in a similar class at her school that only admits teenagers.  I have looked into the class, but found the cost to be beyond our budget at the moment so Tiger will continue to learn at home to develop his skills all round. 

The principal sent me a very nice email after the workshop:

Dear ..., 
It was very nice to meet you and Tiger yesterday at the workshop, I hope you had a good journey home.
Tiger's work impressed me very much, I attach some photographs.
Do visit our School of Art whenever convenient for you, you will be very welcome.
All best wishes, I.L.

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! Got here via Hip Homeschool Hop. We are

    Our kids all love using clay but we have not done much formal education regarding it nor have we seen anything available to do so. I would love to find a class either for the kids or for me to take to help them improve their skills with this medium.

    Great job on the sculpture!


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