Enamelling with Matt Benton
Part time course
About this course
January starting dates are now full. Please keep an eye on this page for April dates which will soon be announced
This course is structured to allow enamellers the opportunity to develop their own practice within a group context. Students new to Enamelling will be instructed in basic techniques and encouraged to begin to plan and realise personal outcomes.The intention is to create a critical and supportive environment that will enable all those taking part to discuss and resolve technical issues, ideas and the successful realisation of concepts. Studio time will be practice based, but will include regular peer group reviews of relevant work in any media.
Students have access to a specialist studio with four kilns and a range of enamel is provided.
Students of all experience levels are welcome to join this class. This course does not lead to a formal qualification
What will they learn?
Skills you will gain: practical skills in enamelling and learn to use a range of specialist equipment.
Visual and verbal analytical skills will be enhanced via informal class discussions. Questioning, evaluation and discussion skills will be enhanced via group activities.
How the course content can improve their efficiency in workplace: transferrable skills (i.e. communication skills) will be enhanced
How will they learn?
Classroom activities: studio-based activities, classroom discussions.
Studio work will be produced weekly and will be discussed individually with the tutor.
Individual feedback will happen in class and group tutorials will take place.
Final pieces of work can be exhibited during an end of year show.
What they need to bring to their first class?
Students will be contacted by the tutor before the first class re: any equipment needs
Any extra costs?
Extra costs may be incurred if students wish to construct large pieces, or use more costly materials. Costs can be negotiated with the tutor
Who is my Tutor?
Matt Benton is an experienced artist and jeweler who has always been fascinated by the medium of enamel, and its diverse applications. Whilst a student at Bristol School of Art he had the opportunity to explore the medium in depth. This led to his involvement in public art projects, national and international exhibition opportunities and the continuing use of enamel within his artwork. Matt has taught enameling at Bristol School of Art for 14 years and continues to promote the use of the medium by creative practitioners