This course focuses on teaching students how to carve three-dimensional sculpture and relief work and is taught by David Brampton-Greene and Reece Iingram, two of the UK's most experienced stone carvers. David and Reece will teach students of all abilities on an individual basis and can respond as well to the needs of beginners as much as experienced artists. Students will have the opportunity to explore the Dartmoor environment and use drawings, photography and clay modelling, to study natural and manmade forms and to extract visual information for their own personal explorations. Informed discussions and debate about carving will be based on reference materials and existing sculpture found in and around the Dartmoor area, by local artists.
David and Reece will encourage students to relate their experience back to the studio and begin the creative making process: creating maquettes, blocking out, and finding simple/complex form. Students will work towards creating an individual/collaborative piece of sculpture/s in response to the course, while receiving tuition on any type of artistic/technical issue that may arise. Students will develop proficiency in the carving and the sculptural processes. They will gain knowledge and understanding of working with natural materials; learn to share as a group the success and difficulties of finding and developing a language of expression through form and will experience and appreciate the richness of the making process and the associated creative journey.