Learn willow sculpture online! - how to create a willow deer

"I am delighted with the willow deer course I recently purchased. The instructions and attention to detail regarding the legs ears and tail are excellent.” (A. Woodruff – Online student)


In our flagship online course Sara will teach you how to sculpt a life sized deer from willow rods. In this step by step guide she will steer you through the whole process, from the initial preparation of the willow; building a simple armature and then through all the different weaving techniques and methods needed to follow her unique sculpting style.

"Sara Holmes is an excellent instructor whose sculpting style creates a solid structure as opposed to a hollow skin. In each section of the course, she patiently highlights the best way to build form while maintaining balance and density throughout the entire figure. Her class videos allow for reviewing sections while you work, a bonus for the distance learner.
Completing my first willow deer was a rewarding experience that built my confidence for taking on my next goal: weaving the human form. I highly recommend the Willowtwisters Online School of Willow Sculpture for anyone interested in figurative weaving with willow." (M Mullens - Online Student)

Over the last 20 years Sara has been working with willow teaching thousands of people from far and wide. Not everyone who wants to learn willow sculpture is able to travel to our workshops due to time, distance and financial constraints. This is why we decided to compile all this information into an online course so you can learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.

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In this course you will be taught in a series of easy to follow video tutorials, clips & slides, online discussions and downloadable workbooks.

Learn about:
- Tools and equipment
- Research, sketching and making the armature (frame)
- Preparing and sourcing your materials, types and lengths of willow needed
- Weaving a base layer and sculpting the head and legs of your deer
- Sculpting the finishing touches and adding detail
- After care and how to prolong the life of your newly created masterpiece!

This online course is the first of its kind and the beginning of a series of educational online products to be created by Willowtwisters, Sara & Hanna Holmes. Future courses will guide you through beginner & intermediate willow sculpting where you can learn how to make a willow sphere & a life sized willow heron. We then plan to offer some figurative courses.


Sara & Hanna Holmes at Willowtwisters

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Heidi - - #38220

Absolutely love, love, love this on-line course! Fantastic resources, everything you need to create a deer, great community too. I have done some willow sculptures before so have an idea of what it's like to work with willow which I think helps however, working on a much larger scale and over a number of days is very different and the guidance in this course is brilliant. Can definitely recommend!

Response from Willowtwisters:

Wow! Thank you Heidi, what a lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the course. The online course works really well for a lot of people, as you say, over a number of days and in your own time. Well done and again thank you for taking the time to review, it really helps my little business. We all look forward to seeing your deer in the group, hopefully!

Sam - - #37589

Had such a great time on this two day workshop. Sara was really patient and attentive with us all and made us feel empowered. She had a great way of explaining the techniques she employs to create beautiful willow sculptures. I was really happy with the way mine turned out (despite a few mishaps that’s Sara kindly and patiently helped me correct!). My mum will love looking out on the deer browsing in her garden! Thanks again.

Response from Willowtwisters:

Hi Sam, thats very kind of you to give me a review! You were a pleasure to teach. I'm so glad you enjoyed the course and your deer is beautiful, your Mum will love it! Sara : )

Jodie - - #35227

Just finished my 2 day deer sculpture course. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, the techniques and methods you learn on this course are brilliant, the deer looks so life like.
Sarah is a great teacher and supported us well, and kept us well topped up with tea and lovely home cooked lunches.

Response from Willowtwisters:

It was a pleasure to teach you for the last two days Jodie. You worked so hard on your deer and the result speaks for itself, a truly beautiful deer.

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