Design and Make a 3D Character Inspired by Myths and Folktales

Dagmara Rudkin

Taking inspiration from archetypes in mythology, legends and fairy tales, you will explore a range of drawing, collage and puppet making techniques to create your own character. Your final piece will be a 3D textile and mixed media sculpture of your character.

The tutor will introduce you to archetypes in folk/fairy tales and myths and discuss how contemporary artists use imagery as well as materials and processes to illustrate a character in different contexts such as book illustration or performance.

By the end of the course you will have covered the following:

  • Mind mapping and mood board building techniques
  • Developing a drawing of characters and their environment
  • Colour psychology, collage, symbolism of objects in fairy tales, researching and developing costume and accessories
  • Texture and 3D development
  • Surface embellishment techniques and soft sculpture

This informal and fun-filled course is suitable for all levels including beginners who want to unlock their creative potential and experienced visual artists who want to explore new ways of visual story telling. It is also suitable for art teachers who want to bring soft sculpture and character design into their classrooms and story tellers who want to create simple 3D characters.
N.B. Returning students are welcome: if you have previously taken part in this course Dagmara will work with you to develop and extend your projects.

Red / White Room, Phoenix Art Space

All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring in your own fabrics or items of clothing to work with if you wish.

Dagmara Rudkin is a Polish-British fine artist who creates paintings, drawings, collages and 3D mixed media work using predominantly discarded materials and objects to re-tell stories of real and imagined people, places and their relationships. For the last 20 years she produced personal and collaborative projects with poets, theatre and filmmakers, worked as an artist in residence and held exhibitions in the South East. Dagmara also works as tutor of Art and Design and a visiting lecturer on MA courses in Poland and the UK. She holds a Joint Hons degree in Painting and Glass, MA in Sequential Design an Illustration and PGCSE in A&D. Dagmara is a Phoenix-based artist and currently works as artist educator as Hastings Contemporary.

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