Modelling, casting and other techniques

Three-dimensional drawing with wire – horses with Linda Lewin

Ref: SLW10699

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About this course

Learn how to make equestrian sculptures in soft iron wire. Working with wire is the perfect way to express movement which is the essence of 'horse'.

Course Description

Make a characterful equestrian sculpture, which can be displayed inside or in a sheltered space outside. Your aim will be to convey the character, emotion and movement of horses in a direct and dramatic way. You will be working with soft iron wire, which offers exciting opportunities to create a light and strong, free standing or suspended sculpture. The process could be described as three-dimensional drawing. In addition, you will learn tool handling and wire working skills and take away a small portfolio of drawings and models which you can use to inspire future works.

From demonstrations of wire and tool handling techniques, create forms with different styles and character. You will start by having a chance to play with wire and make a few sketch wire armatures. This confidence building exercise will give you an insight into using different gauges of wire and how they relate to scale and building three-dimensional forms.

The tutor will give a short talk on her own practice with examples of work, and time for discussion, questions and answers. There will be a group discussion of reference material such as photographs, equestrian paintings and drawings. This material will be provided by the tutor and available to you as reference throughout the class. If you have material of your own that you would like to use as reference, do also to bring it along.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to use your imagination and you will receive individual support with decision making and technical parts of the process.

Before the end of the course, you will be offered individual advice on how to continue your work in wire and perhaps combine it with existing techniques and work you may already be engaged with.

At the end of the course, you will have the chance to see and discuss each other's 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


  • The tutor will supply some optional/experimental materials including coloured copper wire.
  • The College will supply all of the necessary materials including soft iron wire in different gauges.

What students need to bring

  • If you wish, you may prepare for the course by collecting reference material such as equestrian photographs or make investigative drawings.
  • Sketch book or paper
  • Soft pencil/charcoal/pastel, eraser
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • The College will provide hand tools including: long nose electrical pliers with wire cutting jaws,
  • plastic or metal face hammers, wire cutters, wooden block approximately half brick size. If you would like to bring your own, you may do so.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketch book/paper
  • Drawing materials
The tutor’s advice is to bring your own tools where practical because these are the tools you will continue to work with at home.


Linda Lewin

Linda Lewin is a professional jeweller and sculptor who trained at Sheffield College of Art. Over the past thirty years she has taught short courses in her own studio and technical classes for colleges. Her drawing practice, metalworking skills and her first hand experience of working with horses are all brought together in her equestrian sculptures.


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

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