SAT 26 MARCH AND SAT 2 APRIL, 10.30AM - 4.30PM BOTH DAYS, £200 (MEMBERS £150)
Join professional sculptor Melanie Wilks for this two day workshop as she guides you through the process of creating a completely three dimensional stone carved sculpture.
Drawing inspiration from The Hepworth Family Gift, you will employ the same approach to creating stone sculpture as used by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and their contemporaries learning the Direct Stone-Carving technique.
The course will look at the concept 'Truth to Materials' that Hepworth employed in her work and you will learn to work with the stone intuitively, understanding each block of stone has its own unique characteristics to work with. With this in mind during the course you may produce drawings for your sculpture but these are guides to thinking rather than definitive models and you are free to change direction should the nature of the stone suggest it.
You will be provided with traditional Stone-Carving tools like mallets and chisels to carve your sculpture and a block of Limestone measuring approximately 250mm x 150mm x 150mm (an ideal size to achieve a finished carving within this intensive two day workshop). You are welcome to bring your own ideas and drawings with you for inspiration but these aren’t essential as there will lots of resources and inspiration within the gallery.
By the end of this masterclass you will have your own three dimensional stone carved to sculpture to take home, perfect for the home or garden.
The workshop is suitable for everyone, novices and more experienced carvers.
It is advised that you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothes you don’t mend getting a bit dusty (aprons will be provided).
You can book on to this workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01924 247398. Members will recieve 25% discount.
A big thankyou to Batley Art Gallery for hosting my 'Retrospective' exhibition. Much appreciation for the kind comments that I have received.
“Retrospective – M Wilks. Brilliant showcase of a local artist! Very impressive. Was good to see sketches to go with sculptures.”
“Not seen Melanie Wilks works before but they are superb. Not long before they are at YSP I’m sure. Very good. The drawings 1,2,3 etc are really well designed and have a real likeness to the finished works. An excellent exhibit.”
“Diverse exhibition, many not to my taste. But then, looking at her ‘catatlogue’ of other work I noticed an excellent example. This was the ‘Animals in War’ commemorative piece that now stands in Scatcherd Park Morley. So having dismissed work on display, I had to re-evaluate. Well done!”
“Beautiful place, with a lot of talent.”
“A talented artist who gives shapes added life and meaning.”
“The sculptures were really detailed but a little bit plane (sic). I think you should add more things to it to make it more attractive.”
“The gallery is coming up in the world in its standard of display, and breaking free of country scenes, pretty ways, and town hall type buildings.”
“It was really good. The sculptures were creative and detailed. Enjoyed it.”
“It is good … our patients really enjoyed it today.”
“Impressed by variety and quality. Makes a return visit to Batley well worthwhile.”
“Fine exhibition, Melanie. Marvellous skills. Glad I made it (last day!) – nearly perfect layout too. Would probably have ‘Diatom’ (27) if I could afford!”
“Superb body of work and well arranged with the studies around them. I especially like ‘take the Plunge’.”
“Very skilled work – beautiful surfaces – interesting to see carvings alongside drawings.”
“Enjoyed the sculptures, not so sure about the drawings.”
“EXCELLENT. Love the ‘mermaid’ figures and angels.”
“It is very nice.”
“It is very nice and abstract.”
“A very interesting exhibition. Well organised and very informative. Long live Batley Art Gallery!!!”