WEA Course: Slab Building

Price

£28.80 Includes accreditation & materials if applicable

Venue details
Online
Additional information

This course is free for those on low income/receive benefits.

 This new course is a collaboration between WEA and British Ceramics Biennial. It will help you to express yourself using clay in a relaxed and fun group setting, working on a specific project.
 
With the help of BCB Associate Artist Sarah Fraser, you will learn:
  • Hand-building techniques such as building with slabs, using a former to support the clay and joining clay together.
  • Different ways of finishing and decorating your piece
  • How to look after the clay and explore how it changes
 
This course is suitable for beginners and people with some experience of working with clay.

Course aim

This course is about learning to work with clay (slab-building techniques) and finding your own connections with where you are, your creativity and with others. It will be about taking time to focus on the clay and developing self-awareness.

When?

11:15am-12:45pm, Every Wednesday 26 May – 7 July 2021.

6 sessions for 1.5 hrs per session

 

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

 

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use slab building techniques to create and finish complete individual projects eg lidded jar, box a vase or sculptural piece.
  • Look after the clay and recognise the stages it goes through as you work with it.
  • Explore adding texture to the surface of your work.
  • Share your ideas and experiences of working with clay with others.

 

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

 

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

 

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to collect a kit from the BCB Studio’s contactless shed, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ week beginning 17 May and drop it off at the end of the course for firing. Ceramic materials are toxic and need to be stored away from children. Prepare an easy to clean surface to work at.

 

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

 

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Join the BCB Studio as a member to continue your own independent creative work with clay.

 

How to Enrol

Call the WEA on 0300 303 3464 and use the course reference number: C3128442.

Visit the WEA’s website for more information on the course.