Sculpture Course at ZSL London Zoo

2 Aug - 17 Aug 2014

Inspired by the 'unseen' side of the Zoo. Explore the natural world in an imaginative way.

Duration of course: Full five day course

Inclusive dates:
August 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th, 17th

10am to 3pm

Entry Level:
All levels welcome

ZSL London Zoo

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Price: £150


About this course

This year's ZSL Sculpture Course focuses on invertebrates and small vertebrate anatomy (including small mammals, birds and reptiles). These fun and creative classes include drawing animals whilst developing an understanding of their anatomy, particularly the skeletal (or exoskeleton) form, and the collection of natural materials such as plant matter, twigs and dead insects in the Zoo along with clay and supportive drawings with the aim of creating a sculpture (or a series of sculptures) inspired by the 'unseen' side of the zoo.

The concept will focus on the overlooked and the typically “unattractive”, yet endlessly fascinating animals of the Zoo using actual specimens. The course will even include a lesson in taxidermy.

Outcome of this course:

The ZSL Sculpture Course will enable you to engage with, explore and understand the natural world in an imaginative and unexpected way. Working with, and learning about art as an integral part of science, you will create your own unique sculpture and acquire transferable skills to apply to other art projects you may be involved in.

Tutor Profile: 

Tessa Farmer is an artist working with sculptural installation, drawing and stop motion animation. Tessa creates complex tableaux inspired by and incorporating elements of the natural world and is driven by a desire to reignite a sense of childlike curiosity and wonder with an existing passion for working with gathered natural materials. Tessa incorporates these finds into the work and an ever expanding knowledge of the natural world.

Qualifications/ Work experience:

Tessa Farmer has a BFA Fine Art (First Class) and MFA Fine Art from The Ruskin, University of Oxford. Her work is exhibited internationally and in collections worldwide. From 2003-2005 Tessa was Artist in Residence at King's Heath Primary School, Birmingham. In 2007 she was Artist in Residence at The Natural History Museum, London. Tessa has also been a visiting tutor at Bath Spa University and The University of Lincoln, and regularly speaks about her practice at seminars and symposiums, including 'Provenance' at Bath Spa University in 2010 and 'House of Beasts' organised by Meadow Arts in Shrewsbury, 2012.

Cost of cost includes:

  • duration of course at London Zoo with sculpture tutor
  • art materials
  • insight from ZSL Keepers
  • free study time in the ZSL Library throughout duration of the course - Please note that ZSL Libray is open Mon-Fri 9.30-17.30 - You are advised to join the library in advance of the course commencing: Using the library
  • end of course showcase within the Zoo
  • take home your finished pieces
  • tea & coffee

Concessions - 10% discount for ZSL Members, registered students, persons on income support or senior citizens

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance; a confirmed place is only secured upon receipt of a completed booking and payment. Please note: Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied onsite by an adult. 

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