Modelling, casting and other techniques

Paper forms: sculpt, mould, fold, paste with Jonathan Gildersleeves

Ref: S4D09189

Suitable for all


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About this course

Paper can be folded, torn, cut, pulped, made, soaked, dyed, drawn on and moulded. A range of processes and techniques are introduced, designed to help you investigate paper as a multifunctional, sculptural medium.

Course Description

A hands-on approach is essential in this sculpture course, which enables you to explore the use of paper as a multifaceted and dynamic material used both by itself and in combination with other materials.

Paper can be folded, torn, cut, pulped, made, soaked, dyed, drawn on, or moulded, to name but a few of the processes possible with this ancient medium. During the course you will be introduced to and experiment with a range of processes and techniques designed to help you begin to investigate paper as a multifunctional, sculptural tool.

Focusing on sculptural form and object making, we will begin by looking at a number of key processes (including paper casting, basic folding and material combination), during quick, playful projects. These projects will give you the basic skills and techniques in manipulating paper through experimentation and demonstration.

You will discuss, experiment and develop methods of introducing other basic materials to your work to create multimedia pieces. You will also explore placement within the space, examining how it affects your understanding of the artwork.

Through discussion with your tutor and peers, and applying the skills and techniques you learnt earlier in the course, you will go on to develop your own sculptural work. This might be a single form or a series of related pieces.

By the end of the course you will have learnt a range of basic techniques and processes in the creation of paper-based sculpture. You will have a deeper understanding of how material combinations and placement can alter how you see art and have a new set of playful, experimental skills to take home and apply to your own work.


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, 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


  • Pulped paper, specialist papers, PVA, Balsa Wood, wool, dyes.

What students need to bring

  • Bring along 2/3 sculptural materials which you might like to use during the course. Something you find interesting for its physical qualities such as the form, texture, colour, malleability etc.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Basic drawing materials - pens, pencils, rubber, charcoals, ink and any other drawing material you might want to try out.


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

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