Sculpture Figure And Form – ONLINE

The course aims to introduce basic concepts of anatomy, and a sculptural methodology which is accessible when working from the comfort of your own home in an online mutually supportive environment. There will be the opportunity for students to participate in a critique. More advanced students can either move towards abstraction or explore more expressive interpretations of the subject.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

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

Tutor Bio: Sarah Pager is a sculptor who has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe, as well as showing in Moscow and the US, and has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards including the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2011, the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize and the Zabludowitz Collection's Future Map in 2010 and Charlie Smith Anthology 2016. Recently, Pager completed a residency at Florence Trust, and held her first European solo show in Brussels.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for studeinst who have some experince in sculpture and would like to focus ont he figure using using wire and plaster.

What does this course cover

In a supportive online space which incorporates tutorial support, reference material and group discussion as crucial elements this course offers an opportunity to make a sculpture of the figure using wire and plaster. Using 360 degree reference images and video, participants will construct an armature, with measurements taken from a standard proportional body type similar to the model. This can then be fleshed out using wire and paper, followed by mod roc.

What will it be like

1st session,
Introduction, Tutor to show examples of own work, powerpoint of sculptors working from the body.

Students to introduce themselves, their particular areas of interest, and aims for the course.

Introduction to materials, health and safety precautions necessary. Practical demonstration of techniques - joining wire by binding, bulking out wire form. Making a stand/base for sculpture.

Demonstration of anatomical proportion.

Discussion where individually participants will describe what draws them to sculpture, talk about their aims, interests and inspiration.

2nd session.

Introduction to the model's pose, points of interest highlighted, input from students re their interpretations and relevant observations of the pose. Recap on techniques and demonstration of making skeletal armature then students to construct their own, opportunity for individual discussion whilst engaged in this.

3rd session

Discussion - relevant thoughts arising after last class, talk about how they want to develop armature, tutor to feedback on possibilities, maybe direct towards artists of interest.

Students to build on their armatures with reference to 360 model, and anatomical muscle chart,

4th session

Discussion - relevant thoughts arising after last class, practical demonstration of applying modroc, images of finished small scale work, how they can either paint, fill or seal work.
Modroc application to finish work.

Group show and discussion. Thoughts for future development.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials supplied, 3 grades of wire, armature thickness, approx x meters,
Medium thickness for building form,
Thin for joining.
Mod roc for covering,
Lightweight protective wirework gloves
Vinyl gloves,

You will need:
Board to work on
Bowl (take away food container, or similar plastic container for wetting mod roc)
Snub nose pliers,
Wire Cutters,
Medium paint brush for smoothing on modroc.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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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

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’