Sculpture – materials, techniques and processes with Vincent Gray

Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: S2D12312

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About this course

Using observation, tools and techniques, you will capture the character and anatomy of different materials. By observing shape, structure, character and form you will recreate what is before you in an exciting and dynamic three-dimensional outcome to inform future study.

Course Description

An introduction to sculpture using various materials, techniques and processes inspired by a selection of fabrics looking at folds, creases textures, weaves etc.

You will begin by jotting down notes to describe the character of the selected fabric, then draw with pencil and fine liner to capture the character and anatomy of the fabrics to give a two-dimensional study.

Using observation, tools and techniques, you will then capture the character and anatomy of different fabrics looking at shape, structure, character and form. You will recreate what is before you in an exciting and dynamic three-dimensional outcome.

You will make three studies using three different materials. Clay, beeswax and plaster models will be made focusing on the techniques and processes associated with that specific material.

The tutor will be on hand throughout to guide, inform, demonstrate and support. The skills and knowledge gained is designed to support and inform future study and appreciation.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Clay and 30cm x 30cm baseboard, beeswax and 30cm x 30cm baseboard, plaster and 30cm x 30cm baseboard, shellac, wet and dry sand paper.

What students need to bring

  • Drawing equipment including a pencil, fine liner pen and sketchbook.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials including pencils, fine liner pens and sketchbooks.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Vincent Gray

With wide industrial experience including television, theatre, design and manufacturing, Vincent Gray MAcert MRSS, has worked alongside some notable names in the arts, engineering, military, and entertainment, both in the UK and Scandinavia. Vincent has taught in a variety of institutions in both the UK and Scandinavia as well as providing private tuition for all abilities.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or a Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts (10 three-day study blocks, over two years). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.

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