Sculpting the horse from modelling clay with Vincent Gray

Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: SLW11853

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About this course

Learn how to make an equestrian sculpture, with the emphasis on anatomy and proportion. The small standing horse will be based on an armature and made from synthetic modelling clay (scale 1-6).

Course Description

Animalia is an area of sculpture which has been practised for thousands of years. Whether it be dynamism or a detailed study, proportion is the key consideration.

This course will provide you with a base knowledge which will become the foundation for all future practise. It will provide you with the bedrock of understanding and approach to animalia and figurative sculpture. You will execute a detailed study of the horse at one:six scale in a synthetic terracotta modelling clay built on a pre-designed armature.

The emphasis will be placed on establishing proportion and anatomy. You will achieve this through observation, sketching, photography, group discussion and one-to-one support. You will become familiar with the points of the horse and articulation.

Your tutor will be on hand throughout to guide and advise you. Whilst this course is not designed to capture the horse in motion, it will provide vital and important information which will allow you to embark on equestrian sculpture. You will acquire a solid knowledge base for getting started and the correct approach in the pursuit of further independent study and realisation. This course is suitable for all levels, however an interest in horses would be a clear advantage. Included in this course will be tips on how to present your creation as a design idea.


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


  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials including a pre-designed armature, aluminium wire, copper/aluminium binding wire, steel wire, and Newplast terracotta clay modelling plast.

What students need to bring

  • It would be useful if you could take a trip to a local stable or the local countryside to observe and make some preliminary sketches or photographs of horses prior to the course. Otherwise you could research some images from the internet for inspiration and sketch from these.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paper, sketchbooks and drawing materials
  • Terracotta clay modelling plast
Please bring some sketches and photographs of horses to work from.


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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