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Equine Sculpture and Anatomy for Artists

2019 Workshop

with Judy Boyt and Gillian Higgins

4th, 5th and 6th June 2019

Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby Leicestershire, LE14 3LW

Badminton Trophy Gillian Higgins Skeletal Anatomy
Understanding anatomy is key to improving accuracy and capturing, energy, movement, life and personality within a sculpture.

Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out and renowned sculptor Judy Boyt have joined forces to offer a unique anatomy and sculpture workshop at Wavendon Grange in Leicestershire.

Workshop Overview:
In these courses, Gillian will share her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics and Judy, with her artistic talent, experience and eye for detail, will help you create an anatomically correct sculpture. During the courses you will have the opportunity to study a range of anatomical models and specimens, feel the anatomical structures on live horses, observe how horses move both in real life and in slow motion video as well as acquiring techniques and tips for developing your observational and drawing skills.

Sculpture and Anatomy Inside OutWho is this workshop is aimed at?
These workshops are of interest to aspiring and professional sculptors wishing to improve their knowledge and techniques as well as those just wanting to ‘have a go'!


At the end of the 3-Day workshop you will have produced a full horse sculpture.


4th June 2019
9.30am – 5pm
5th June 2019
9.30am – 5pm
6th June 2019
9.30am – 5pm

To Book:

Download Microsoft Word Application Form Here

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Day 1: Conformation and Form - the Back and Body in Motion

Back and Body in motionSculpture Inside Out

During this day we will guide you through the process step by step from live horse measurements, building your armature to the conformation and proportion details that make the sculpture accurate. At the end of this workshop you will have sculpted the essence of one complete horse in a position or motion of your choice. Understanding the anatomy, biomechanics and all the interrelationships between body parts and movements is vital for a realistic and accurate sculpture.

limb sculpture and anatomyDay 2: Focussing on The Limbs

By the end of this workshop you will have sculpted 3-4 limbs in different moments of the stride cycle. As the horse moves, different muscles contract and stretch, some joints extend and others flex. Understanding the anatomy and biomechanics of the limbs can help produce a more realistic and accurate sculpture. The carpus of the horse (equivalent to the human wrist but often referred to as the knee) and the stifle joint, equivalent of the human knee are parts of the horse with which, due to their anatomical complexity, sculptors often struggle. During this course you have the opportunity to feel anatomical structures on a live horse, take measurements and observe the changes within the limbs during motion.

Day 3: Focussing on The Fine Details - The Head and Neck

: Head and Neck Anatomy for artists Head Anatomy

Focusing on the head and neck in detail will give you an opportunity to learn more about shape and how to use tools and materials to greater effect. We will study how the horse uses his head and neck in relation to the body in motion or standing. By the end of this workshop you will have sculpted 2 or 3 head and necks in different poses. To help you create accuracy, expression and life within your sculptures. the focus will be on the structure and construction of the skull, ears, eyes, lips and noses. The challenge in this course will be to produce an actual sculpture of one of the live horses in front of us.

This course will bring together the methods and techniques taught on the other courses as well as introducing more information and more techniques.

What’s included:
• Refreshments and lunch each day
• Theory sessions including slow motion videos of painted horses in a relaxed comfortable setting
• A mix of theory, demonstration and practical sessions
• The opportunity to get hands on with horses and feel their anatomy
• Demonstrations and one to one mentoring during the practical sessions
• All the basic sculpting materials you will need on the course and a range of modelling tools
• We supply a limited range of modelling material but if you prefer your own, please bring your own
• We have a limited number of stands available but please bring your own if you would prefer
• Access to a range of anatomical models, charts and skeletons.
judy boyt

Please bring:
• Your own favourite tools and a modelling stand* (if you have them).
• Pencils and drawing pads/paper
• Suitable clothing and footwear for working outside and being with horses.

Extra art materials and Horse Inside Out books and DVDs, can be bought from Judy and Gillian.

For More Information:
Email: or
Telephone: Gillian – 07947242262 or Judy – 07860242836

To Book:

Download Microsoft Word Application Form Here

Download PDF Application Form Here

More about Judy Boyt MA FRBS:
Judy BoytJudy has won many awards for her work including; The Royal British Sculptors Medal for the Sculpture of Outstanding Merit awarded for her equestrian bronze 'Rebellion' commissioned by Standard Life and The Society of Equestrian Artists Sculpture Award. Her most famous pieces include; “Rebellion” in Trafalgar Square, the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials Trophy, the “Evocation of Speed” in Epsom and “Waiting” the Liverpool Dock Horse. Judy works from the ‘inside out’- the dynamics of the skeletal structure, adding the flesh and muscle, to the final skin layer – creating a sculpture that has presence and a soul, capturing the living essence in the final metal cast.

Gillian HigginsMore about Gillian Higgins:
Gillian is an equine anatomist, biomechanist, BHS Senior Coach, professional Sports and Remedial Therapist and author with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management. Gillian founded Horses Inside Out in 2006 and she is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses, which she uses for her teaching. Gillian has performed lecture demonstrations and courses in anatomy and biomechanics around the globe.

Where to stay:

The Barn in the Old Hall, Old Dalby - 0.7 miles from Wavendon Grange.

Gorse Hous B&B - 1.5 miles from Wavendon Grange

Fox Cottage B&B, Willoughby on the Wolds - 3.6 miles from Wavendon Grange.

Bouverie Lodge: Nether Broughton, Melton Mowbray LE14 3ES - 5 miles from Wavendon Grange

The Lodge: Scalford Hall Lodge, Melton Rd, Scalford, Melton Mowbray LE14 4UB - 6.7 miles from Wavendon Grange

Sysonby Knoll: Asfordby Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 0HP - 7 miles from Wavendon Grange

Premier Inn Melton Mowbray: 5 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JE - 7.2 miles from Wavendon Grange

The Harboro Hotel: 49-51 Burton St, Melton Mowbray LE13 1AF - 7.7 miles from Wavendon Grange

The Grange: New Road, Burton Lazars, Burton Lazars, Melton Mowbray LE14 2UU - 9.5 miles from Wavendon Grange



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