Contemporary Willow Figure with Hazel Godfrey


Duration: 2 days

Price: £160

Run by: Peter and Kimberley Keegan
at The Courtyard Art Studio

01296 733200

The Courtyard, Claydon Estate
Middle Claydon
Buckinghamshire
MK18 2EX

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About the Course

Weave a contemporary abstract figure to complement your garden.

This two and a half day course will teach you how to create an abstract figure using similar techniques to those employed for making willow obelisks.

Using a support jig, you will learn how to arrange and bind stakes before weaving, and then use two traditional weaves to form a strong woven band at the base of your figure. You will then learn how to continue the weave up the stakes in an open spiral, and how to use this technique to assist with shaping your work.

On day two, you will learn how to make and assemble willow hoops to form the head for your figure. You will explore scale and positioning of the head to convey expression before fixing. You will learn an informal weaving technique to attach the head to your figure.

The morning of day 3 will be finishing off and learning how to take care of your sculpture to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

A factsheet will be available containing useful tips for sourcing materials, tools and suppliers.

This course is suitable for beginners and anyone who has made willow obelisks in the past and would like to further their skills.

By the end of the course you will have made a contemporary figure approximately 1.35m - 1.5m tall x 45cm wide x 25cm deep. You will be familiar with some adaptable techniques for making useful garden structures and sculpture.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, Coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided although The Phoenix Tea Rooms, just next door, provide an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

What to bring;

Tools are provided, but if you have a sharp pair of secateurs it would be useful. Please bring an old bath towel or similar for keeping your willow damp during the day. It is advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes.

Material fee:

There will be an additional fee of £15 for materials.



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Course Start Dates

Saturday 4th August 2018

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