Paul Margetts has been involved in many projects designing and
making sculpture in collaboration with schools. The projects are
always varied and range from small scale pieces to large sculptures
for playgrounds and civic sites.
The following method is an outline for the successful commissioning
of a piece of sculpture for your school.
Paul spends a day at your school; during the first part of the day
he demonstrates the methods that he uses when forging. He brings a
traditional coke fired forge and anvil and during a 20 minute
demonstration shows some basic hot forging techniques.
He usually makes a striker for a triangle with a leaf design. This
triangle then stays with the class/school and acts as a reminder of
the demonstration. He can repeat the demo up to three times, groups
can be as large as 100. The demonstration takes place outside and he
will need access to a 13amp power supply.
He then gives a Power Point presentation about his work which gives
the students a clear idea of what he has produced in the past and
what might be achieved at the school, he then describes how the
commission can be taken forward with the school. It is helpful if a
digital projector with PC is available for this.
Paul suggests that the class/group that is selected to work on the
sculpture project is asked to explore with their teachers themes
that can be included in the sculpture, this can be done as a
history, art or DT project. Drawings are then created by the
students, these are sent on to Paul and he will develop a design
having been inspired by the students' work.
Paul will send his design proposal to the school and then produce
the sculpture. He always strives to make these projects as simple
and rewarding as possible for the school and the students.
An on-going web diary is written as the commission proceeds in
order that the children can follow the progress of the sculpture via
Paul can adjust the project to suit the budget available, please
call to discuss the possibilities on 01562 730003.