Short Courses and Master Classes
Join us for a variety of short courses and masterclasses throughout the year.
Collaborating with working artists to deliver masterclasses, workshops and courses is what makes our offering at IOU unique. Spend time building existing skills, or developing new ones.
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29 – 30 September 2023
Over 2 days the workshop at the IOU Studio, explored digital and analogue sculptural process combining hand stone carving techniques and the digital processes for 3D modeling, led by international stone sculptor Claudia Dietz and digital sculptor Sumit Sarkar
Each of the 11 enthusiastic and creative participants had a chance to learn or develop their skills by using a combination of practical and digital methods to create work including
- Learning stone relief carving techniques
- Using technology to produce digital sculpture, navigate a 3D space and basic animation processes
Everyone had the chance to complete a stone carved relief and a digital model of their creations, with a print of their 3D sculpture
Physical and Digital Sculpture Workshop
Kinetic Sculpture Masterclass - Exhibition
Sculptor Jim Bond, a regular collaborator with IOU, hosted a Masterclass at the IOU Studio, Dean Clough in July 2022
Participants travelled from around the country to join the Masterclass, and arrived with varied levels of experience across a range of making skills, from stained-glass to ceramics. Over the day they learned basic metal working skills including welding, riveting, soldering and angle-grinding and worked with Jim and the IOU team to design and create their own unique, mechanical-artwork powered by an electric motor.
The exhibition is photographs of the participants and their work produced during the workshop.
One off community workshops
IOU will continue to run community workshops in conjunction with current artistic projects and shows. All workshops are introductory and the sessions will be governed by the theme of the corresponding project. Generally, these activities will be delivered in partnership with school’s, colleges and partner arts centres.
Our development programme is for individuals or groups from any discipline. It is designed to help realise emerging projects by providing whatever assistance is needed, whether that is studio space, technical staff time, workshop tools, advice from an arts professional or a combination of all.
Over the next five years, we will establish IOU studio as a creation centre for the North of England that facilitates the making of innovative art projects and supports a new generation of artists with engineering, construction and invention at its core.