When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W24STEB06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Students will learn to cut, shape, join and colour sheet copper. We will use specialist hammers, chisels, punches as well bigger pieces of machinery available in the studio. Students will explore the ancient arts of chasing and repousse as well as folding and joining pieces using hot or cold methods to create relief or 3D sculpture. These sculptures can be coloured using heat or chemicals. Students will have time to experiment with techniques and work on their own projects. We will provide each student with a 400mm square of copper as well as pieces for samples. All levels welcome including Beginners.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Anneal copper
  • Create relief shapes using hand tools.
  • Cut sheets of copper.
  • Use household and studio chemicals to colour copper
  • Join copper using rivets, soldering, brazing and copper flo.
  • Safe handling of hot materials and good workshop practice.

Class format and activities

Working on individual projects exploring different sculptural techniques and mediums. Tuition will be a combination of group and one to one demonstrations and discussions. Short projects are set as an introduction to new materials and as a guide to the possibilities and language of sculpture. Step by step instruction and demonstration is given on new techniques. Hand-outs are given on Health & Safety, materials, techniques & reference materials. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for the complete beginner and intermediate students with an interest in copper and metal sculpture and art in design.

What you need to know before you enrol

All PPE is provided and there is always help available for any lifting and heavier tool use.

What you need

Protective clothing recommended ie. overalls or apron, strong shoes or boots a sketchbook/pencils

What you can do next

Progress onto: other sculpture and visual art courses in the department; foundation art and design or pre-foundation courses. Support is given in guiding students into further courses.