About the Course
Develop and refine your practical and creative sculpture skills, exploring a complete creative arc: from preparatory working drawings and observation skills, to the development of a three-dimensional composition, and practical methods for constructing, modelling and finishing your sculpture. My courses focus on sculptural techniques using fired clay, wax modelling, wire armatures, and mould making for lost wax bronze casting. There are one or two tutors for each workshop depending on the technical requirements of the course.
15th-16th June: Wax
For centuries sculptors have used wax as a successful and versatile sculpting material. Wax sculptures are original works of art in their own right or can be used as an intermediary stage in the sculptural process. Your finished wax sculpture may also be used for the next workshop, Mould Making for Sculpture.
Day 1: preparatory drawings and observation skills; preparing a three-dimensional composition; constructing an armature.
Day 2: wax modelling on a wire armature.
We will be using live animal models to practice working drawings and preparatory skills, both in the studio with our lovely resident Lurcher as well as en plein air (weather permitting) You are also welcome to bring your own preparatory work.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to practicing artists. Numbers are limited to 8 participants to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition. All tools and materials are provided.
Olivia Clifton-Bligh is an award winning sculptor with 25 years of professional experience. She uses clay, paper, wax and plaster in the construction and modelling of her sculptures for casting into bronze.
Olivia studied at Goldsmiths’ College (BA Hons Art & Art History 1990-1993) and is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Her studio is at Bull Mill Arts in Wiltshire and her work is exhibited in London and throughout the UK.
Olivia's workshops and courses are held in The Old Pottery, a converted barn with high ceilings, white walls and natural light and spot lights. It is one of several studios at Bull Mill Arts, a collection of artists’ workspaces and houses established by Lord Bath on the Longleat Estate. The old mill house is on the banks of the river Wylye surrounded by water meadows and ancient woodland. It is a secluded and peaceful setting easily accessible from the local market town of Warminster.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are provided for the workshop
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to practicing artists. Numbers are limited to 8 participants to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition.
Please bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing utensils. You may also bring preparatory work and reference material should you wish. Wear appropriate studio clothes, overalls or aprons.
Tea/coffee/refreshments are available all day. Please bring a packed lunch - weather permitting you may lunch by the river beside the mill or take a walk in the lovely Southleigh Woods beyond.
I thoroughly enjoyed the three days spent clay modelling at Bull Mill Arts. Olivia and Vicky made a fantastic team, guiding us through the process from start to finish. Both these ladies are highly experienced in their field and are very generous with their advice and encouragement. Bull Mill is a wonderful setting too, being very peaceful, with the only sounds being bird song and the odd baa of a sheep.
I highly recommend this course and I will definitely be attending other courses offered by Olivia and Vicky in the future.
Pippa Shennan - - #20959
Very well structured course. The processes were clearly and persuasively explained, skilfully demonstrated where appropriate. Two tutors, both aspects of the work covered therefore and help and advice always on hand. I liked the fact that there was no time wasted. Excellent tea and coffee were readily available so we didn't have breaks and clearing up forced upon us-- the time was a full 10-4 each day. It was also very enjoyable and everyone came away with a finished piece. I'd certainly come again. Perhaps the best art/craft course I've been on.
Rosalind - - #20908
I Just loved doing the course although it was quite challenging at times but we were guided through the difficult parts by our excellent and very encouraging tutor, who was so enthusiastic. It was well worth every penny.
Jenny Farrer - - #15127
Intensive three days, following the creative process of gathering information on your subject, understanding your material and it’s perameters and techniques for using it, to produce a finished piece. Olivia and Vicky are patient, encouraging and enthusiastic and very generous in sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise.
Hilary McFarland - - #15101
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