HOW TO CREATE A WILLOW DEER!
In my flagship online course I will teach you how to sculpt a life sized deer from willow rods. In this step by step guide I will steer you through the whole process, from the initial preparation of the willow; building a simple armature and then through all the different weaving techniques and methods needed to follow my unique sculpting style.
Over the last 20 years I've been working with willow i have taught thousands of people from far and wide. Not everyone who wants to learn willow sculpture is able to travel to my workshops due to time, distance and financial constraints. This is why I decided to compile all this information into an online course so you can learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.
This online course is the first of it's kind and the beginning of a series of educational online products to be created by Willowtwisters, Sara & Hanna Holmes. Future courses will guide you through beginner & intermediate willow sculpting where you can learn how to make a willow sphere & a life sized willow heron. We then plan to offer some figurative courses.
In this course you will be taught in a series of easy to follow video tutorials, clips & slides, online discussions and downloadable workbooks.
- Tools and equipment
- Research, sketching and making the armature (frame)
- Preparing and sourcing your materials, types and lengths of willow needed
- Weaving a base layer and sculpting the head and legs of your deer
- Sculpting the finishing touches and adding detail
- After care and how to prolong the life of your newly created masterpiece!
Benefits of taking an online course in willow sculpture
Who this course is for
"I found it impossible to find a willow course in my area. North west UK. I had a go at willow weaving on my own taking instruction from a book, and found it very satisfying to be able to create something. But actually having tuition and being shown the techniques would be better. I found being shown how to manipulate the willow, most helpful. The pace of the course was fine. I liked that I could watch the video's over and over and there was no time limit. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend! I think you did a very good job Thank You"
- Pam Doidge, UK
"This was the first time I have done anything like this, and the first time using willow, and it was a fabulous course and easy to understand video tutorials, after doing this I tried my hand at making a willow greyhound using all the techniques you showed in your videos "
- James Cullimore, UK
Some comments about our live courses:
Sara has worked as a freelance artist for many years. Working mainly as a sculptor her body of work has included some large-scale pieces of public art as well as many private commissions. Working with the environment has involved the extensive use of willow withies as a medium in much of her work. At times, she has stretched this medium to its limit with the intricate detail she has achieved. Always experimenting with new materials her main focus and inspiration comes from working with natural, sustainable materials.
As well as public projects and private commissions Sara has worked extensively in schools, colleges, and community projects across several counties. As a tool for educating people she believes all learning can be embedded into sensory, creative actions. By using natural and sustainable materials as a medium she is certain that environmental awareness can be taught through the tactile and tangible involvement with them.
Some of Sara's work.
Why not take a look at this FREE handy e-Book which details where to source the materials needed to create the deer in this course.
The information in e-Book is intended to help you source materials before you purchase an online course with us.
There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get going with a project and you don’t know how or where to find the materials you need!
We hope this e-book will provide you with some useful links to suppliers and what to ask for!
Also, if you happen know of any that haven't been listed in this book then please let us know and we'll add them !
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