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Please note: this Wriggle is for a 3 day sculpture course – you'll be attending classes on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, and Saturday 30th July. 

Whether you are a complete beginner looking to learn something new, or you have done some sculpture previously and are looking to develop or refresh your learning, this three day sculpture course will provide all you need to take that next step. The course includes a fabulously seasonal lunch on each day of the course. 


The courses take place at Richard's studio in Backwell - a 20 min drive from Central Bristol. It is a large, naturally lit studio in an old farm building nestled amongst the woods. Own transport is essential and there’s plenty of room for parking.

What will you be doing? 

Working from a life model, you will be instructed in every aspect of modelling the human head in clay. Using calipers and plumb lines you will learn how to accurately set out the features, gain insight into proportion and learn basic anatomical knowledge of the human head and face. 

After a brief introduction to the equipment and tools you will be using, work will begin on applying clay to the bust peg, setting out the profile and mapping out the proportions. 

This is arguably the most important stage, if anything ends up in the wrong place it will prove very difficult to achieve a likeness. You'll then work on profiles, front, back, sides, and 3-quarter view, turning the model incrementally so every student has the same time on each view. You will learn how to cross check points on the face against each other, a crucial technique in establishing correct placement, proportion and likeness. 

"Richard's three day course was not just a lesson in sculpting, but also a fascinating study in observation and attention to detail. His teaching was clear, enthusiastic, endlessly patient and always encouraging. The home-cooked food was delicious and in plentiful supply. There was a lovely positive and relaxed atmosphere in the studio from Richard, Torrin our model, and all the students. Overall it was excellent value for money and I can’t wait to do some more.” Nicola Bridgewater 

"Richard's enthusiasm for portrait sculpture is infectious. His skill as a sculptor is astonishing and his teaching style is full of energy. In a 3 day course our group achieved fantastic results. Very intense learning curve in a lovely warm atmosphere. And the food…..!” Jim Hackford. 

If you can't make these dates please get in touch with your availability, as other dates are available! Please note that a minimum of 4 students is required in order to run the course. If you book on and pay the fee but the course is cancelled due to lack of numbers, you will be fully reimbursed or alternatively your fee can be carried over to the next scheduled course dates.

About Richard Mossman Sculpture

Richard Mossman is an enormously talented teacher of figurative portrait sculpture. With years of experience and an incredible skill, Richard offers fantastic courses in his stunning studio in Backwell, just 20 minutes drive outside of central Bristol. Over the three day course, you'll learn an enormous amount. Whether you're a complete beginner hoping to learn something brand new, or perhaps you've done sculpture before and want to develop your skills and refresh your talents further, this is the perfect way to take that next step.

How to claim

Book your place on the course through the Wriggle app or website, then head to the studio in Backwell – a 20 minute drive outside of central Bristol (you'll need your own transport). Introduce yourself as a Wriggler, show your unique 5 digit booking confirmation code, and then enjoy the course! No refunds, but please enquire about alternative dates if you can't make this course!

How to get there

Watercatch Farm, Long Lane off Backwell Hill Road, Backwell, Bristol, BS483EH
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