skip to main content
Painting into Sculpture

Painting into Sculpture

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Marielle Hehir


While a traditional flat square or rectangular canvas is still the most popular surface to paint on, there is no need for you to limit yourself to these constrictive parameters! By introducing elements of sculpture into your practice, you will be able to expand beyond the canvas and explore new methods of contemporary painting.

Through practical tutor demonstrations on popular low-tech sculpture techniques including woodwork and casting, you will experiment with different applications of paint. Using case studies on contemporary painters, you will be introduced to new possibilities of where your painting practice can go!

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you will have learned about a variety of methods that will allow you to expand your practice in a new direction. You will have also have completed work that you can use in your portfolio for future work or study.

Who Should Attend
This course is especially designed for painters who are looking to further develop their practice though it would be suitable to anyone looking to experiment with sculptural techniques in the context of painting.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Marielle Hehir is an artist based in London, born in 1986 in Manchester, England. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and gained her Ba(hons) in Fine Art, she went on to graduate from The Slade in 2016 where she was awarded her MA in Painting.
Marielle’s practice explores contemporary landscape, and she approaches Painting as an experience that can be presented outside of the traditional historic format. Marielle travels extensively for research and was awarded the Dolbey travel scholarship in 2016, which facilitated a significant research trip to the United States. Marielle has recently been shortlisted for the 2017 John Ruskin Prize, and prior to this exhibited at The Manchester Contemporary, 2016. Marielle has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, been appointed artist in residence for various projects, and her work is held in several private collections.


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

  • Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, erasers etc...)

  • Current sketch book

  • Painting equipment

  • Objects, and materials that you would like to work from or with. For example, this could be an object you wish to inspire a sculpture, or a particular material that provides a surface you would like to work with.

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