Art and Design KS4: How to sculpt clay with Frances Segelman

Watch Frances Segelman at one of her live sculpting events

She is producing a bust of actor Sir Derek Jacobi in just two hours.

As she begins the artwork, she explains that when sculpting from life, the process is much quicker than working from photographs.

Time-lapse photography shows all the different stages, with Frances sculpting and reshaping and modelling the clay.

She turns the bust around looking at it from all angles; each time she does one part it changes another part.

What will Sir Derek Jacobi think of the final sculpture? Will he agree that it resembles him?

Teacher Notes

Students could have a go at sculpting a figurative bust in clay experimenting with photography to record all angles of the sitter and then recreating.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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