In-person course
in Warminster

Wax sculpture and armatures at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

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Description

Develop and refine your practical and creative sculpture skills, by 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. The next sculpture course is: THE HUMAN FIGURE: ANATOMY FOR ARTISTS 2-day workshop using sculptors wax and armatures. These workshops are designed to be accessible for beginners, and also contain valuable information for experienced practicing artists. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of the human figure. Workshops can be attended as a one-off or they can be attended as an ongoing course and cumulative study of the human form. ​In the October workshop we will be working from a female life model with guidance from an osteopath and a sculptor. This workshop focuses on the structure of the hips and pelvis and how to incorporate this knowledge into your finished wax sculpture, making a full figure or a torso. Day 1: We will begin the day on Saturday by making some preparatory observational sketches from a female life model (no special drawing skills are required for this exercise!) with guidance from osteopath Daniel Petkoff (M.Ost) to understand the bumps and bulges of the body, and the structure of the pelvis and hips. By the afternoon you will be making your wire armature and beginning to build your sculpture in sculptors wax. Day 2: On Sunday morning, you'll continue working on your sculpture referring to your preparatory drawings. Our life model returns on Sunday afternoon in order for you to refine the final detail of your sculpture. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, from complete beginners to practicing artists. All sculpting tools and materials are provided. Places are limited to 8 people. 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 beautiful Southleigh Woods beyond. The 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. 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.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided for the workshop, including sculptors wax, armature wire, sculpture base, and a full range of sculpting tools. 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.

Duration

2 days (10:00am to 4:00am)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts

Maker


Olivia Clifton-Bligh is an award winning sculptor and printmaker. She studied at Goldsmiths' College (Fine Art & Art History BA Hons.) She is a resident artist at Bull Mill Arts, a creative community established by Lord Bath on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Olivia is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and of the Printmakers Council; her work is exhibited in London and throughout the UK.

Venue

Studio 2, Bull Mill Arts, Crockerton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8AY

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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