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Miniature Sculpture

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Course Summary

Students will have the opportunity to develop and make small-scale sculptures or maquettes as unique miniature forms, which could be multiples or individual pieces. Students will be able to experiment with different materials including found objects which can be transformed into small artworks.

Course Details

Special Information

Essential materials you will need to bring to the first class:

  • Sketchbook / journal, pencil

Examples of any materials / objects that interest you:

  • Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:
  • A limited supply of card, plaster, wire and clay and other materials used for 3d construction
  • Access to basic tools for making small sculptures in a range of media
  • Sharp knife / scissors
  • PVA glue

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Sketchbooks
  • A choice of scrap and recyclable materials (papers, small objects, plastics, wood, textiles, buttons, beads, etc.)
  • Other adhesives and tape such as super glue, masking tape, gaffer tape
  • Other materials used for 3d construction as required.
  • Protective clothing
  • Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide:
  • A digital camera/Smartphone

Content of Course

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

1. Introduction to course. What is miniature Sculpture?

2. Experimenting with materials and ideas.

3. Multiples.

4. Students creating and collecting their own ideas and materials.

5. Concluding course. Finished pieces.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Each week, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Experiment with a variety of materials;

  • Develop their own ideas and themes for making small 3D works of art;

  • Show an informed understanding of scale.


Core Readings

  • ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND, SOUTH BANK CENTRE, CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, 1994, Art unlimited: multiples of the 1960s and 1990s from the Arts Council Collection, London: South Bank Centre

  • SCHELLMANN, J. ed., 1997, Joseph Beuys: the multiples: catalogue raisonne of multiples and prints, Cambridge, MA: Busch-Reisinger Museum

Class Handouts

Course information will be provided on enrolment and handouts provided during the course.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.