Craft Skills using Natural Materials – Gateway Level 1 Intermediate (classroom-based)
Preston Road Adult Education Centre
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This classroom-based course is aimed at intermediate level potters who are ready for the next challenge. It intends to teach you how to develop a project of your own design from the design stage, through to developing your project, embellishing it during the decorative stages, firing and glazing. While supported through each stage by tutor guidance you will learn to consider the natural properties of your materials and ways of including mixed media and or natural elements into your work. This course aims to build your confidence through practical achievement, teaching you to make it, experiment with decorating slips, stains and glazes, and gain knowledge and experience of the alchemy of firing work in the kiln.
To have an awareness of basic clay skills and techniques as well as basic IT skills, allowing you to access and use Google Classroom and research artists online.
How to apply
For information on how to apply, please call The Preston Road Adult Education Centre on 01482 616 580
This qualification requires you to outline a plan for your chosen project through the extensive use of sketch booking design ideas, personal research and creative flow throughout the four key stages of project development.
You will need to be able to
outline studio/work room safety rules as well as to identify health and safety measures as your project develops and select and evaluate the equipment and materials that will help you to achieve your design aims. You will be introduced to innovative ways of using ceramic materials in your creative practice through this qualification, developing an understanding of the additional adjustments that innovative approaches may require. During this course we aim to expand your skills, gain key clay handling tips and new ideas to feed in to your own creative practice.
This course is designed to introduce new and creative ideas for working with clay. In the first half of the term the group will research artists and ceramic techniques that interest you and learn about creative sketch booking as a design tool. To do this we will look in class at two prominent ceramic artists who work across mixed media and are famous for transferring their design styles across canvas, sketchbook and in to three dimensional pieces. We will then explore how these methods of project development can be incorporated within your projects to inspire creative freedom. By the end of the half term you will be able to describe how it can be incorporated as well as identify the tools, studio safety and resources you will include in your final project.
In the second have we will build and complete our individual products with tutor-led support.
By the end of the course you will have designed and crafted a final project and in doing so you will have developed a range of skills and techniques enabling you to build a strong clay structure, gaining a Level 1 qualification in the process.
This course is a Gateway Level 1 Award. You will receive guidance and support identifying and setting individual targets, feedback along your creative journey and support to achieve your aims.
Where can it lead?
Once you have built up your confidence and skills the world of progression opens up to you. You can progress on to further accredited Pottery classes or even stretch your craft skills by enrolling on to other courses which interest you, learning new skills and gaining great highlights to add to your CV. New courses and skills give you interesting talking points and can show diverse interests and skills which all help when in an interview.
Progression routes to Gateway qualifications are open to you once you have completed this course.
As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential. Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.