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  • Switchboard Studios Studio 18, Swicthboard Studios, Unit 50, Uplands Business Park, Uplands Entrance B, Blackhorse Ln, London E17 5QJ UK (map)

Join Abigail for a 2-day paper mâché workshop at her new east London studio, and make some wonderful wild animal heads to hang on your wall!

Day 1 – Sculpting and Paper Mâché

The day will start with a demonstration of some of the techniques you can use to sculpt your animal heads, which require various levels of skill, so there’s something achievable for every ability level.

The animal heads I create are mostly stylized pieces in my own style rather than close studies of the animals themselves, so you may wish to play around with your own style, making sketches of stylized animals or you might wish to go for a realistic study. Either way it’s best to come prepared with your ideas, sketches and images so you’re ready to get making once I’ve demonstrated the techniques.

You’ll spend the rest of the day creating your pieces so that the paper mâché is on by the end of the day and they can dry overnight.

The number you’ll manage will depend very much on your experience or the size/complexity of the piece/s you create, but everyone should have at least one finished piece by the end of the day.

Day 2 – Painting and Finishing

With your pieces now dry, we’ll start the day with a demonstration of some painting techniques which you will have time to test out first if you’re not a confident painter.

Once you’re happy with the techniques you’ll spend the rest of the day painting your animal heads and we’ll finish with a quick demonstration of how to attach a ring to the back so it can be hung as soon as you get it home.


All materials provided but you will need to bring your own books/images/drawings of animals to work with.

DATE: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th January 2019

TIMES: 11am – 5.30pm, 30min lunch break at 1.30pm

ADDRESS: Studio 18, Switchboard Studios, Uplands B, Unit 50, Uplands Business Park, Uplands Entrance, Blackhorse Lane, London E17 5QZ


CONTACT NUMBER: 07940 497488

Price: £225 p/person including all materials and lunch and refreshments on both days


Earlier Event: October 6
Later Event: February 9
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