'Willow deer' sculpture - two day course with Willowtwisters



This is a course in willow sculpture. Unlike a craft such as basketry (where you follow a prescribed method) in this course you will learn how to create layers of shape and how to develop form, as Sara teaches you her unique and specialised techniques of additive sculpture using stitches and weave. In this two-day course, students will have time to learn in more depth as Sara guides you through the process from beginning to end. You will learn how to create a basic armature and how to work from pictures and photographs. Sara will guide you through her additive method of willow sculpture, to create a densely woven, realistic looking deer. This course also includes a useful eBook to download and work through before the course which will help you to prepare for the sculpting experience. Day 1 Tools and equipment, willow types and preparation for sculpture, how it is grown for craft, where to source it and tips on how to grow your own. Preparing the armature. Binding, sewing and weaving techniques to begin sculpting the inner shape and form of your deer. Day 2 Sculpting techniques, maintaining shape and form. Adding details such ears, antlers and tail Surface texture weaving technique. Aftercare and maintenance.

What's included in the price?

Pre-course downloadable Ebook to help you prepare for the a course. A valuable resource which guides you through some simple research methods including sketching and tracing tips to familiarise yourself with the shape and form of a deer. You will need some close fitting work gloves. Secateurs provided but you can bring your own if you prefer. This course may be indoors or outdoors undercover so you may need warm clothes. On cold days there will be a fire pit outside or stove in the woodland cabin. Lunch: light, homecooked vegetarian. Refreshments : teas, coffee, biscuits.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available




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