Sculpting the figure from wax with Vincent Gray

Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: SLW11267

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About this course

Working with ratio and scale, you will create a maquette based on your proportions. Coupling measurement with observation, you will first make an armature and set the pose before adding modelling wax and refining.

Course Description

During this course, you can expect to create a clothed figure based on yourself and your proportions as viewed through a full length mirror.

The tutor will guide you through various measuring techniques to help you establish proportions. You will first establish a ratio, 1:6 for example; all measurements will be taken from you, the subject, and converted to this ratio to achieve a very accurate figure. This, coupled with a working knowledge of 7.5 heads make up an average adult - utilising the head as the canon of proportion, 3 heads equals the arm length, 2 heads the shoulder width and so on. Further to this, anatomical key stones will be identified as the work progresses and will further aid the measuring processes.

Working from a mirror will inform posture and likeness. Observation of fabric folds and drapery will give individuality and character. Your tutor will guide you to make an armature and establish your figure's posture, before adding modelling wax which will be worked with metal tools. The figure is then refined by measurement and observation.

On completion of the course, you will have learned how to make an armature, how to use modelling wax and the tools associated with wax modelling. You will have learned many methods of measuring the human form and how to translate this into a three-dimensional scaled down replica of yourself.

Additionally to this, a bronze or resin casting can be arranged and is dependent on your wishes and budget.


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


  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials including: aluminium wire, tying wire and terracotta modelling wax. Modelling tools, mirrors and other equipment will also be supplied for your use during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Calculator and a tape measure

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of drawing and sculpting materials including paper, pencils, modelling wax, modelling tools etc


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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