Trevor Beeson by Melanie Legge

Catherine by Mary-Rose Tatham - pupil of Melanie Legge

Pupils of Melanie Legge at work

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AUTUMN IN ANDALUCIA 2019 - Sculpting Heads in Clay at Casa Rosa

Sunday 6th – Sunday 13th October, 2019
Full board and tuition, £1550 per person, no single supplement, private room and en suite bathroom

 “Sculpture is like drawing in the air. Filling in space. Finding space. Working with contours, planes, light and shadows.” Denis Hopking

Casa Rosa Arts has taken the Casa Rosa Estate this October when the autumn landscapes of inland Andalucia are at their warm, inviting best. We are offering a week of sculpture tuition and accommodation in these luxurious surroundings for an all inclusive fee of £1,550.
Melanie Legge, a practising sculptor and teacher, will tutor the group in the studio at Casa Rosa. Welcoming you to her family’s lovely Spanish home, Rosie Tatham and the catering company, will provide fresh, healthy and delicious food to tempt you at every turn.

Melanie Legge, Tutor
Melanie has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for 10 years. She teaches human portraiture and other forms of sculpture to a group of loyal followers. Her portraits and other works feature in collections both in the UK and overseas.
Melanie studied in Paris and then in Denmark under the acclaimed sculptor Jeanette Bronsted. She has taught in Vienna and Copenhagen. 
Her portraiture exhibits a natural realism and objectivity, capturing the spirit of her subject in straightforward style. Melanie’s sculpture of Trevor Beeson, former Dean of Winchester Cathedral, displays the power and honesty representative of her work.

The Society of Portrait Sculptors selected it for their exhibition, FACE2016.
Her latest work, of the polar explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be unveiled at FACE2019, the Society of Portrait Sculptors next annual exhibition.  Later in the year it will again be shown at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society on the 40th anniversary of the Transglobe Expedition in September.

In addition to her skills as sculptor of the human form, she makes enchanting and unusual pots in the finest translucent porcelain.  These works are regularly on show at Hampshire’s Josie Eastwood Gallery, at the British Art Portfolio as well as various artistic outlets in London. 

What to Expect on the Course
The course is suitable for all sculptors, regardless of ability.  
Using clay specially selected by your tutor, Melanie, you will sculpt a head from a live model.  You will learn new skills, and refresh dormant ones. 
Using the Casa Rosa Studio, Melanie will take each student through their own personal journey, irrespective of experience.
Introducing the course, Melanie will teach the basics of clay choices, armatures and tools. As the shape of your piece is constructed, head shape, the skull and its planes and hollows will be discussed. Techniques for constructing the finer features - nose, ears, eyes and mouth - will be demonstrated and texture, tooling and finishes will be studied.
The processes of life modelling, taking measurements, and photographs will be outlined.
We hope to include some discussion of casting, colours of bronze, resin, firing, glazing and patina.
By the end of the last day, you will have an unfired sculpture which will be beyond what you ever thought you could achieve and which should leave you feeling gratified and  even elated.    You can either leave your piece in Spain, having taken photographs and notes to record the experience at Casa Rosa, or you can wrap it carefully for transport back to the UK for a small additional cost.
The group will not exceed 12 sculptors. Partners may accompany sculptors and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.

Locally Sourced Food and Wine
Casa Rosa’s orchards produce the olives, almonds, honey, pomegranates, citrus fruit and olive oil used in our catering.  And in the evenings, you will be tempted with cocktails made from Casa Rosa fruit. 
The week will have a relaxed house party feel.