Bronze casting is among this year's workshops and courses at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Casting, chipping and carving out a new skill

Get stuck into some DIY with a difference at one of Yorkshire Sculpture Park's workshops during 2016

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has announced a programme of hands-on workshops throughout 2016, offering an opportunity to learn a new skill or hone an existing talent – and all against a backdrop of inspirational works by some of the world's leading sculptors and other artists.

YSP has been offering such courses for some three decades and, as in previous years, they include both highly-affordable one-day tasters and full-week, in-depth workshops, during which participants will produce a full-scale sculpture of their own.

Techniques to be covered in 2016 range from wax casting to metal working, wood carving to plaster moulding, stone carving to bronze casting, and courses will run as follows.

Sculpture skills: relief wax casting
One-day workshop, 16 April, £45
Explore the potential of wax in this one-day workshop with artist Liadin Cooke. Learn different techniques of working in wax, including making casts from clay patterns and using the material as the primary medium for creating sculpture.
Hot and cold sheet metal sculpture
Five-day course, 11–15 May, £475 (£455 concessions)
Work with master metalwork sculptors Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham to experiment with different welding and cutting techniques and create your own quality piece of work.

Metal sculpture

Weekend courses, 10 & 11 June, 19 & 20 November, £250 (£220 concessions)

Also led by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham, these two-day metalwork courses take place in YSP’s metal workshop, where participants will get the chance to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. There will be a demonstration of tools, machines and their functions, and participants will receive expert advice and guidance to help realise their project.
Sculpture skills: sculpting in plaster
Two-day course, 25 & 26 June, £90
Join sculptor Lewis Robinson in this weekend workshop to create your own free-standing tabletop sculptures in plaster, using armatures.
Stone carving
Five-day courses, 6–10 July, 17–21 August, 7–11 September, £285 (£255 concessions)
Experiment with stone and different carving techniques to create a finished piece, led by skilled stonemason Marcia Bennett-Male. Using hand tools throughout, this in-depth course allows you to explore a detailed and intricate style of carving.
Bronze casting
Five-day course, 3–7 August, £595
Learning via practical demonstrations and hands-on practice, gain complex casting skills in order to develop two bronze works of your own creation.

Wood carving

Five-day course, 10–14 August, £285 (concessions £255)
Led by Arthur de Mowbray, on this course you will learn a wide variety of woodworking techniques using a variety of tools such as chisels, axes and gouges.

For more information on the courses, the costs of which includs all materials and equipment, or make a booking, go to www.ysp.co.uk/sculpturecourses.

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