In just two hours Frances Segelman sculpted the head of Sir Derek Jacobi live at the London Film Museum
Yesterday I had the privilege to be part of a VIP audience to see the Royal sculptor, Frances Segelman sculpt the head of the English actor and stage director Sir Derek Jacobi.
The event was held in the evening at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden and was to raise the profile of the Islington Arts Factory.
Islington Arts Factory provides over fifty educational courses in art, dance and music for children and adult learners.
This was the first sculpting event I had ever been to and was impressed on how informal and relaxed the experience was.
I arrived a little early and there were only a few other guests in the Film Museum at that time. There must be few occasions where you would find yourself in such intimate presence of a famous Royal Sculptor and award winning founder member of the Royal National Theatre. There must have been over 300 guests at the event towards the end of the evening when a question and answer session was held with Frances and Derek.
With a wine glass in hand and eating plenty of delicious canapés ranging from mini welsh rarebits to prawns on scones I found myself engrossed watching Frances Segelman at work. Her challenge was to turn a lump of clay into Sir Derek Jacobi in just two hours! A challenge she met with such ease!
Here are 5 things to do day related to this excellent live sculpting event.
Teach yourself a new skill
One thing I learnt yesterday was that Frances Segelman is completely self-taught. What could you start learning today? There never have been more resources available to you with the Internet that can help you fulfill your dreams.
Learn about positive thinking.
Frances Segelman remains in the moment and positive throughout whilst she is sculpting. She makes a conscious effort to rid her thoughts of anything negative. When Frances does this she know the outcome will be brilliant!
Support the Islington Arts Factory
Your support enables the Factory to continue to provide high-quality low cost access to the arts to the widest possible group regardless of age, gender, race, ability or financial means. You can help by becoming a Friend and/or making a one-off donation online. All the people I met from the Factory were totally inspirational and passionate about what they have achieved.
Learn online with BBC Learning
At this event filming was being carried out for BBC Learning. Have a look at the BBC learning website and you will see a wealth of information from courses you to attend to competitions you can enter.
Visit the London Film Museum
If you are a teacher then you may be able the museum may help you to deliver some of your teaching of English, History, ICT, art, design and technology, music, film studies, maths and careers. The museum can also offer cross-curricular opportunities for film making. Visit the education section of their website.
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