Textile Animal Sculpture for Beginners
Animal-themed 1-day classes with Liz Dixon

"I had great fun and loved the friendly, informal atmosphere.  Would love to do more courses!" - Kay

This full day workshop will enable you to make your own beautiful & unique, weather resistant animal sculpture using products from the Powertex range in conjunction with recycled T-shirts & other natural fibre materials. Examples of animal sculptures made on previous workshops include bison, long-haired cattle and sheep.

The workshops are fun and productive, with a maximum of 6 attendees to ensure personal attention. You will learn how to create an armature to build your sculpture around and the types of fabrics and other materials that work best with the Powertex sculpting medium.
You will discover the uses of air-drying clay and how to build up layers to give a robust piece that will survive the outdoors.

Before starting we will spend a few minutes getting to know each other over a cup of tea or coffee before receiving a brief explanation of the materials you will be using during the workshop.  You will also have the opportunity to see some examples of Liz' Powertex fabric sculptures to give you ideas.
You will then create your own animal sculpture under the expert tuition of Liz Dixon, an approved Powertex trainer.
At the end of the workshop you will take home your creation, which can either stay indoors or, after a 3 week 'cure time', will be suitable for outdoor display.

Examples of Liz's work will be available for inspiration and ideas.

Each session costs £125 per person including materials, use of tools, refreshments and lunch.

All materials will be provided but you may wish to bring the following:

  • A sketch book to jot ideas down
  • 'Found objects' that could be incorporated in to your sculpture - beads, buttons, small pieces of driftwood, sea glass, etc
  • Comfortable shoes
  • An old top as we may get messy (although aprons are provided)

About Powertex

Powertex is a versatile, environmentally friendly, acid free, water-based textile hardener.  Powertex gives form & structure to a wide range of materials including fabric, lace, leather, cardboard, hessian & more.
Additional products such as Stone Art, colour pigments & Easy Structure allow you to create amazing indoor & outdoor artwork. Liz Dixon and Vitreus Art will be running other workshops using Powertex soon!

How to book your place - workshop cost 125 per person

Textile Sculpture for Beginners takes place at Vitreus Art @ Wakefield, 5 miles north of Milton Keynes, on these dates:

If you're ready to book, use the PayPal button below to select the themed session you'd like to join - debit / credit cards and PayPal accepted . We can also take personal bookings in our studio.
Our class bookings terms and conditions are here.


You might also like these other Liz Dixon classes - Textile Sculpture Triptych or Textile Sculpture Figurine.

If you'd like more information, please contact us.

About Liz Dixon

Liz Dixon worked in the engineering industry for 26 years before becoming a self-taught artist & owner of Artistic ReTreats.
Her sculptures can be seen in a number of art galleries & exhibitions across the Midlands & the Cotswolds as well as by private appointment from her studio in Northamptonshire.
Liz is an approved Powertex trainer & distributor of the Powertex product range & runs a variety of workshops with Vitreus Art @ Wakefield..

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Learn to make textile sculptures with Liz DixonLearn how to build sculptures and make a sheep...
Animal themes for out textile sculpture class at Vitreus Art
...or a long-haird cow
Powertex and textiles used to make outdoor sculptureBuilding the layers, on top of the armature
Air drying clay is used on this textile sculpture class
Air-drying clay, used on this class, is a versatile material
Liz Dixon teaching a sculpture workshop
Liz Dixon in action during a Textile Sculpture workshop