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Sculpture: Introduction to Sculpture Class


Today I spent three hours at the Sydney Sculpture School in Gladesville, taking an Introduction to Sculpture class. The lead sculptor at the school is Alan Somerville, who made the Anzac sculptures on the Anzac Bridge in Sydney.

We started the morning with an armature and some modelling clay…

Basically like plasticine, but it was explained that if you are going to cast a sculpture it doesn’t matter which type of clay you use, you are just building the form.

We had to bend the aluminium armature to get the idea of the curve of the shape and to support the arms. Then we started adding clay to get an idea of the basic shape…

I decided I would go for the J-Lo booty with this one…

Once the basic shape was in place it was then just mould, cutting and pressing into shape…

And at the end of three hours, this is what my torso looked like…

I enjoyed the experience, and would be happy to try more, but I think I’ll stick with my ceramics for now, along with my drawing and painting. I would love to try and build something like this in paper or raku clay, making it hollow and larger. And with more time to get the curves right, especially that bottom!


Author: Elaine

Artist, writer, married, mother, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and winning (most of the time). My creative impulses have led me to drawing, pastel painting, writing, handcrafts and photography.

5 thoughts on “Sculpture: Introduction to Sculpture Class

  1. This looks great and I think you did a great job in the 3 hours!
    Good work 😀

  2. That’s brilliant and inspiring! I have not tried anything like that, but I think I would like to. And it’s a rather good bottom really!

    • Thanks Meg. It was a great experience. I have built things with normal potter’s clay but not with this modelling clay before (except for plasticine when I was a kid). It’s a little harder to work with, physically that is, but it was still fun. I will probably try some more again later, but for now I am concentrating on ceramics and drawing and painting. A friend of mine really wanted to try sculpture and I was happy to go and see what it was all about. They had a live model there for another class and some of the work coming out of that was brilliant.

  3. That’s excellent! It started out like a “Michelin Man” and ended up very much a lady. Well done you!

    Re: Craft vs Art. I find the distinction between the two crops up a lot in my day to day work. Calligraphy is seen as a craft when you perform the service at an hourly rate, an art when you sell a piece on canvas. Same for Illustration. In these cases Craft = Trade. A plumber would still earn a better hourly rate though!

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