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