Course Code TCS1803002
Tutor Julian Wild
Dates Monday - Friday, 1st April - 5th April 2019
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Beginner/Intermediate
Fee £250
Location The Art Academy, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

The first part of course teaches the basics of making a reusable rubber mould from flexible silicone rubber with a supporting hard jacket made with jesmonite which can be used to produce up to 20 casts of a sculpture. Skills taught are based on practical and safe application methods of both silicone rubber* and polyester jesmonite materials, including building seam walls, mixing and the application of silicone rubber, key making, mixing and applying the jesmonite jacket, and finally cleaning and dismantling the mould.
The second part of the course teaches practical skills in the use of jesmonite to cast a sculpture from the rubber mould and the addition of materials such as bronze powder, showing the different finishes that can be achieved as well as the removal and repair of seam-lines, ready for patination and waxing.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Old clothes or overalls or an apron, notebook/sketchbook, camera/phone camera

Additional Materials Charges for all students:

Dust masks: charged at £3.50 each


  • A small piece using 1 kg of rubber would cost approx. £10.
  • A life-sized portrait head or half life figure: estimated additional 4kg of rubber, approx. £40.

Sundries – £25-30.00 TBC

There is a cost of £25-30 payable on the Monday. This cost is to contribute towards the wide range of materials and equipment needed for the course (including jesmonite and fibre matting) provided by the Academy.

About Your Tutor

Julian is a UK based sculptor. He joined the Art Academy in 2016. Prior to this he has had 20 years teaching experience at Institutions including: Morley College, London Sculpture Workshop, Loughborough University, Kingston University and The Ruskin. He has held solo shows at Modern Art Oxford, William Benington Gallery, Maddox Arts, Canary Wharf and Burghley House and taken part in exhibitions such as Sculpture in The City and in Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House. He has also been commissioned by organisations such Cass Sculpture Foundation, Fidelity Investments and Oxford University. In 2005 he was a finalist for The Jerwood Sculpture Prize and in 2009-12 was the recipient of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea/ Chelsea Arts Club Trust Studio Bursary. He is vice-President of The Royal British Society of Sculptors.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Places Available!

Fee: £250.00