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3D Design for 14 - 17 Year Olds

3D Design for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Shane Waltener


Join 3D Design for Teenagers aged between 14-17 years old and gain an exciting introduction to 3D design, a broad area, which can relate to sculpture, architecture, interior and spatial, product and jewellery design.

You will investigate and familiarise yourself with a range of 3D works as you explore new ideas and take part in the processes of design. You will explore drawing techniques, 3D making skills, communication and presentation techniques. Through these activities, you will be encouraged to explore design process through concept development, problem solving and developmental approaches.

This course will give you a real feel for the creative approaches used in an art school environment and will also include an off-site visit to feed your ideas and spark your inspiration.

Topics covered

  • Gallery visit 
  • Drawing / painting / collage – visual research
  • 3D work and construction working with sheet materials fabric – 2D to 3D
  • Visit to ecological park foraging for natural materials 
  • 3D weaving and installation work.
  • Model making
  • Mixed media construction
  • Large 3D work
Course outcomes
You will receive guidance on creating and documenting your work and gain skills that can be used in building a future portfolio. You will take away new knowledge as well as the work produced, including: drawings, photographic documentation of 3d work and sample portfolio sheets.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at teenagers aged 14 - 17 years with an interest in art and design, particularly 3D design. An ideal experience for students with an interest in art and design, or for those considering further studies in this subject. No prior experience is required.


Tutor Description

Shane Waltener Trained as a sculptor, his work draws inspiration from craft traditions and processes. Objects and installations reference a broad range of making practices, from needlecraft and sugarcraft to textile weaving and basketry. At its core Shane's work is rooted in ideas of ecology and the reuse and recycling of material. His fluency with materials and processes allow him to play with scale in his work, from enormous pieces covering the central atrium of the V&A to smaller scale experiments with grasses, sugar and balloons.

Shane has exhibited work worldwide. He is a lecturer in at the University of the Arts, London and associate artist with Entelechy Arts.  He has recently co-authored Practical Basketry Techniques, a publication by A&C Black.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A4 Sketch book

  • A selection of B Grade pencils  

  • A pencil sharpener

  • Erasers soft and hard

  • Fine black felt tip

  • Coloured pencils

  • Charcoal

  • Apron/old shirt

  • If you have one, a camera (phone with camera is sufficient)

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates