Term Dates 2017
Wednesday 26 April – Tuesday 4 July
Saturday 15 July – Thursday 21 September
Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December
Remember to catch the Early Bird discount, all you need to do is book your workshop two weeks before the fist date of each term and you will save!
Our workshop classes run for 10 weeks and students attend a 3 hour workshop at their preferred time. These workshops are for all skill levels and aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of all aspects of creating sculpture in a range of media. Students are encouraged to create works they want, Teachers are there to give guidance and advice when necessary. Students can start on any term throughout the year.
This is a special 10 week guided program for students new to sculpture. For 3 hours each week students will learn the basics of clay modelling, plaster-casting and colouring to produce their own finished sculpture. We welcome new students to start on any term throughout the year. The Introductory Program runs alongside our Workshops Program.
PIT FIRING! – Bring your sculpture to life with Ingrid Morley
During this special 10 week course, (including an optional weekend for a pit firing in country NSW), taught by contemporary sculptor Ingrid Morley, participants work with a life model, in clay, and complete a work for a kiln firing. Preparation for a pit firing is an option available to everyone participating in the course, after the first kiln firing is completed – this is an opportunity to take your work further and explore other options to the conventional kiln firing method.
Students are guided to develop their individual, visual interpretation of the human body, inspired by our model and references from old masters and contemporary artists. Part of this course is looking at the technical requirements of creating a work without an armature. The challenges facing sculptors in finding a permanent outdoor material that works for them, and how to go about this practice is dealt with in this course and opens students up to new creative possibilities.
Ingrid works with an emphasis on play to initiate engagement with students’ creative language. Recognising the large structures of the body is one of the basics incorporated into the course material and along with these building blocks of this re-emerging art form, participants will be encouraged to find creative possibilities that push the boundaries of traditional figurative sculpture.
Although the emphasis of this workshop will not be on the technicalities of kiln firing you will learn how to develop a simple work ready for firing. This will include a discussion on the uses of basic finishes. Course cost includes model, all materials and one kiln firing and a simple choice in glazes. The grounds of Ingrid Morley’s workshop in the Central Tablelands is the venue for the Pit firing, this is an optional choice for students and is not essential. There is accommodation available in cabins/hotel/schoolhouse near or in the Jenolan Caves area of the Central Tablelands. Students will need to book and pay for their accommodation in the area in advance. The pit firing itself will take place over a Saturday and Sunday, dates to be announced.
Pit firing is the original method for “baking” clay. It dates back nearly 30,000 years. This process is done typically in a hole in the ground, or a pit, ceramics are placed in the pit and burned. Pit firing is an atmospheric process and all colours and patterns are derived from the process. Items that are burned other than wood are nails, copper wire etc., these produce a vapour and swirl around the ceramics in the pit. If the work is hot enough to have their pores open the coloured vapour will enter the pores of the ceramics, giving a natural, unpredictable aesthetic.
Fees include GST as well as all basic materials (except stone) and model fees. Classes are small – minimum 6 students, maximum 12. We reserve the right to cancel a class if student enrolments are below 6.
Missed classes must be made up within the term. A cancellation fee will apply for cancelled classes.
Once a student is enrolled, refunds will not be given under any circumstances. Enrolment Conditions specified in our info pack.
Additional single casual workshop class: $65 per session. Please call the Studio to book.
*Early Bird payment two weeks before start of term.
Book for two workshop classes during one term for $1030
A further 10% discount is available for local residents on low income.
There is a 50% youth discount for students 25 years or younger. Click here for more info.
^A payment plan is available for the Life Study Course, please call the Studio for more information.
Persons under the age of 18 years must receive written consent from their Guardian.
From time to time, TBSSS reserves the right to exclude persons 16 years and under from participating in specific workshops programs.