Chiswick Art School offers sculpture classes

Image above: Gillian Brett sculptor, working on portraits of two boys; photograph by Julia Fullerton Batten

Chiswick Art School, which regularly offers classes in photography, pottery, oil and watercolour painting at their premises in Dukes Meadows, is offering new taster classes in sculpture.

We spoke to sculptor Gillian Brett, who will be taking the classes.

“I started out as a designer” she told The Chiswick Calendar, “but as I moved into management I moved further and further away from the creative side”.

Hence ten years ago she decided she would go back to her first love and do something creative. She studied at the Art Academy in Borough, a two year training in the atelier method, which equipped her to become a sculptor.

Images above: Sculptures by Gillian Brett

Her work is mainly figurative, working from life (challenging during lockdown) with live models and producing lifesize and half lifesize busts, smaller figurines and bigger sculptures intended for gardens.

She uses mostly ceramics, with some other sustainable materials such as paper and fabric, working from her home in the Glebe estate in Chiswick, and getting her pieces fired in Putney. She also has sculptures cast in bronze resin or Jesmonite, a more environmentally friendly option.

She likes the peace and calm of working with clay, finding it soothing compared with the stresses of corporate life as a brand executive. But she also enjoys the camaraderie of working in a group, helping others achieve their creative aims and just having a bit of company, which is why after the successive periods of lockdown the pandemic has wrought, she approached the Chiswick Art School to see if they would like to offer sculpture as part of their course schedule.

They would, and they are starting a series of ‘taster’ classes this month.

Images above: Sculptures by Gillian Brett

Gillian’s sculpture ‘taster’ classes are on Thursday 24 February, Thursday 10 March and Thursday 24 March, each one a group activity (maximum six people) in which every student will make their own piece to take away at the end of the day.

Thursday 24 February

Portrait sculpture, creating a head in clay

Thursday 10 March

Figurative sculpture, creating a whole figure in clay

Thursday 24 March

Low relief sculpture, creating a slightly 3D image as a wall plaque, using a photograph as subject material

Chiswick Art School is expanding this year, with bigger studios opening in the summer. Gillian hopes to be able to offer longer courses then.

To book her taster classes or other classes with Chiswick Art School, including some for children, register on their website.

Images above: Sculptures by Gillian Brett

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