What we’ll cover:
This course will focus on a number of key works in our sculpture park here at the Sainsbury Centre:
Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure, Draped Reclining Woman, and Two-piece Reclining Figure
Elisabeth Frink’s Mirage I & II
Ian Tyson’s Proximity
Anthony Caro’s Goodwood Steps
Antony Gormley’s 3 x Another Time
Lawrence Edward’s Man of Stones
Using these works as case studies, we will ask a number of key questions:
Why have post-war British sculptors been so keen to engage with natural themes?
Why have they been so committed to making and siting their work out of doors?
What is it that they want us, the viewer, to experience differently?
What do these works, and their intended outdoor sites, tell us about the social and artistic context in which they were made?
How can we get the most from our encounters with modern sculpture in public settings?
To what extent do they remain relevant to us today?
What you’ll gain:
A range of close looking techniques;
The skills to evaluate how well a sculpture is placed in its outdoor setting;
A good familiarity with the sculptors featured in the course;
The confidence to develop your own interpretations and responses;
A feel for the original cultural and social context of the works;
Greater sensitivity to the expressive power of the sculptures and how they relate to their surroundings;
New ways of thinking about the works and the questions they pose for us today;
How long it takes:
This is up to you, but as an indication, around 2-3 hours for each lesson. If you wanted to proceed straight through the course, setting aside an afternoon or a couple of evenings a week, 10 – 12 weeks would be comfortable.