This course has concessions available

Sculpture Animals In Wire And Plaster – Summer School

A taster course for those interested in making sculptures inspired by UK mammals and birds. With an initial grounding in proportion and anatomy, students will work with wire enabling a structural understanding of animal anatomy to be fleshed out using plaster and scrim. Accessible to all people regardless of age and ability.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is accessible to all people regardless of age and ability and aimed particularly at those with an interest in working with the animal form as a focus. All abilities are welcome, from beginner to those wishing to expand their sculptural reportoire and gain a more in depth way of working. It is intended as a taster to explore whether they wish to pursue this line of working further. The course will operate with a friendly and supportive atmosphere and aims to provide the student with confidence to continue animal study either within a subsequent course or at home.

What does this course cover

The course covers a basic grounding in proportion and anatomy, understanding how a basic skeleton has adapted to the various species which inhabit the UK, how animals have been portrayed in art, health and safety working with wire and plaster, take home reference notes, further study opportunity and working methods.
By the end of the course the students should be able to

1. Have a basic understanding of animal anatomy, and how the skeleton has developed to support the different species which inhabit the UK.

2. Building a proportional and plaster bearing wire armature of the animal the student wishes to work with, health and safety aspects of working with wire and plaster

3. Confidence with methods of working with wire and plaster including health and safety aspects, and understanding its potential for expression beyond structure and anatomy.

4. A finished piece of work that the student can take home, which will be documented, together with an understanding of how the student might pursue this line of study.

What will it be like

A practical course, with an initial powerpoint presentation. There will be written handouts available with visual diagrams.

There will be a demonstration of making the armature, after which the students will proceed with this enabling me to to give them some one to one teaching with them individually.

At the end there will be a group discussion.

The practical work they take away will also be documented.

What else do you need to buy or do

Old clothing and shoes advisable, although aprons available. Gloves are needed for wire work. Bring a notebook and any reference material on animals the student is particularly interested in working from.

What this course could lead to

Further sculpture courses at The Mary Ward Centre

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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