ARCHIVED BULLETIN ARTICLES Jody Pawley Sydney Sculpture School

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Jody Pawley has contacted us to let you all know his school is functioning as before and they welcome your participation.  Jody had been ill but is making a great recovery.  


Jody Pawley was drawn to sculpture from an early age.   Although adept at different forms of sculpting, an inbuilt desire to learn how to mould and cast lead to specializing in bronze work.  
Apart from pursuing his own interests in experimenting with both figurative and abstract work, Jody also undertakes commissioned sculpting work, specializing in portraiture.   Jody has carried out private and public commissions including Concord RSL Memorial, Northern District Miners Memorial, Religious Icons, numerous portraits of both private and public figures and portraits of animals.

The Sydney Sculpture School was established due to a demand for a school where students of all levels could learn from a variety of sculptors who had different styles, attitudes and techniques.

Some sculptors and schools focus on one type of methodology, system or technique. Whilst specialization may be positive in some respects, we believe that it is important to have an open mind and to look at all forms of sculpture and associated processes. As such, we use different materials, encourage students to create their own visions and not just copy existing works, use live models and bring in experts in their respective fields. 
Each student has their own style whether they know it or not. They have their own strengths and weaknesses. Our aim is not to create clones of our teachers, but to help them develop their own style and to help them build on their own strengths and weaknesses.  All the teachers at the Sydney Sculpture School are not only excellent teachers, but gifted sculptors themselves.  Our classes use professional artist models who have a great deal of experience. We select a number of different poses to ensure that the sculpture produced reflects a body in motion, not a static statue.
Classes are kept small to ensure personal attention is given to each student. We have no more than 8 students in a class.   As the numbers in each class are small, we have students of differing standards in the room together, all receiving the assistance that they require from the teacher.

We cater for the needs of beginners interested in learning the fundamentals of how to sculpt, through to professional sculptors looking to hone their skills. 

Throughout the year we run special workshops featuring guest sculptors or using a variety of different materials.  They include:

Introduction to Sculpture Techniques.   For beginners or those with limited experience.  The workshop teaches fundamental sculpting techniques including how to construct an armature and a demonstration on modeling a 3D form using the profiling method. This workshop is designed to provide the skills and confidence required to continue with sculpting at home or in a class situation.

Advanced Sculpture Intensive Life Study.   For more advanced sculptors.  This is an intensive 20 hour workshop divided into four five hour sessions.  This workshop is intended to provide an intensive sculpting experience with selected life models.
Mould making.  Takes students through the process of making a silicone rubber mould of their sculpture.
Introduction to bronze casting.  Gives students the opportunity to take one of their sculptures step by step through the bronze process.

Miscellaneous workshops and demonstrations.   Various workshops and demonstrations are available such as drawing, exploring different mediums, carving and intensive figure studies etc.    Guest sculptors will be brought in to run workshops and to do demonstrations.