A 5-day intensive, practical course covering model-making skills for theatre, film, animation or spatial design. Led by David Neat. Deptford, London SE8
Next course dates: November 28-December 2 2016, April 17-21 2017, May 15-19 2017
Courses are arranged throughout the year either ‘on demand’ or to fit with other work commitments. Since these are varied and somewhat unpredicable the exact dates can usually only be confirmed 2-3 months in advance .. though as you see from above I’m trying to improve this. For the past few years I’ve managed to offer the course in the Spring (March-April), and again later in the year (October-November).
The course publicity reads as follows:
‘David Neat is a professional model-maker with more than 30 years experience in theatre, film, 3D design, architecture and exhibitions. He is a practicing sculptor and a qualified teacher. His book ‘Model-making: Materials and Methods’, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary book on model-making, was published by Crowood Press in 2008 and is fast becoming a teaching standard.’
David’s emphasis in these workshops is on accessible techniques of building, modelling, surfacing and finishing relevant to designers and makers in various disciplines. There is a focus on ‘realism’ in representation, geared more to theatre and film work, but the aim in keeping the course solidly materials-based and covering as many of those as possible in a short course may even stimulate architectural or product model-makers looking for something new. Each session will offer a wealth of information, supported by specially prepared examples and worksheets, and clarified through demonstrations and practical exercises. Areas covered include: –
methods of constructing or shaping with card, plastics and foams; methods of casting; modelling with soft materials inc. figures; techniques of soldering; scenics, such as plants and trees; various surface/texture treatments and paint finishes.
Materials are provided, and participants need only bring some basic tools. Each will also bring with them their own varied knowledge and talent, making this a valuable opportunity to discuss and compare personal experience. Whether a beginner, or with more of a hobby interest, or a professional seeking more specific guidance…this unique course will help you on your way.
The cost per person will be £300. At present places are limited to just 6, for the most effective teaching and participation. This does however mean that courses do tend to book up quickly!