If you can’t go on holiday this summer – go back to school! Art Junction summer school starts on 22nd June.
While a casualty of Covid in Summer 2020, what used to be Sussex Sculpture Studios’ Summer School (and life doesn’t get much more alliterative than that), is back with a big bang for Summer 2021 in its new home at Art Junction. Courses vary in length from one day sessions priced at around £90 to week-long events costing up to £400. People with all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. All activities will follow strict Covid rules and, due to regulations on social distancing, studio numbers will be limited to six or eight people.
With one exception, events will take place at the established venue next to Platform 8¾ at Billingshurst Station. Excitingly for sculptors, Michael Joseph will be opening up his back garden foundry for a two-day Casting in Bronze course ‘al fresco’ if the weather permits. Even if the sun isn’t out when Michael’s kiln is fired, things hot up! Michael is also running a one-day drawing course on expressive use of charcoal – as an experimental artist anything can happen!
All sessions will be delivered by the Art Junction team of experienced tutors. Hazel Reeves, noted as a sculptor of public commissions such as Emmeline Pankhurst, is offering a five-day course in Portraiture in Clay at the start of the school term, followed by a shorter two-day course in Expressive Portraiture in clay.
Sculptor and maker Chaz Wyman will be teaching Slab Techniques in Ceramic Sculpture and later reprising his popular week-long immersive session in Garden Sculpture. The final week-long sculpture course will be delivered by Mark Longworth, recognised for his work with ballet dancers, on Sculpting Figures in Clay.
Apart from Michael’s charcoal masterclass, the real treat for 2D artists will be Ben Laughton-Smith’s week-long Figure Drawing Masterclass. Atelier trained, Ben is a wonderful draughtsman, a superbly skilled practitioner and a great teacher.
For full details, prices and to book online, visit www.artjunction.uk/summerschool.
Art Junction also has a really good subscription offering of livestream online life drawing and portrait sculpture, plus video courses and photo resources, now available at www.patreon.com/artjunction.