When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Robert Worley
  • Course Code W24STEF03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

An introduction to working with wax as a sculpture material. Develop your own project ideas with assistance from the tutor. Learn about working with soft and hard waxes, wax casting, making wax sculpture as a finished product or as a stage towards casting into metals or ceramic slip. Suitable for beginners and all levels. Basic materials included but charged for what is used over and above the materials allowance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Make a plaster waste mould for lost wax casting
  • Model a sculpture using wax based on your own designs
  • Cast a sculpture in pewter
  • Cold work pewter, welding, planishing, polishing and patinating
  • Set up your own pewter casting foundry
  • Safe handling of hot materials and good workshop practice

Class format and activities

This is a practical course working with pewter, wax and plaster. There will be handouts and demonstrations of techniques and handling materials by the tutor, as well as group discussions and one to one feedback., In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

None. This course is suitable for beginners and those who have had some experience of making sculpture.

What you need to know before you enrol

Some small lifting and manual dexterity required for working with pewter, wax and handling hot materials. Your tutor will guide you in working safely with this material.

What you need

Ideas, sketch books or small models for what you would like to make and any reference materials for ideas. , Protective clothing, overalls or apron and covered shoes or boots. , Basic materials included but charged for what is used over and above the materials allowance.

What you can do next

This course works well with the 2 day Modelling & casting Wax sculpture VSC133A. , See also the sand casting and aluminium course VSC141A & Bronze casting VSC075A/B., There are a selection of various sculpture and art & Design courses to move onto as well as a Pre foundation and Foundation qualification.