Sculpture in wax

Sculpture in wax

A KS3 sculpture workshop using wax that gets cast into bronze. The group were inspired by the bronze sculptures of Joan Miró as seen at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and use some of his techniques in their work. The workshop was delivered by Yorkshire Sculpture Park learning staff.

You can find out more about the sculptural work of Joan Miró by following the links on this page.

Key Stage:

KS3 Art and Design


The six films show how the group we worked with created a soft wax sculpture inspired by the bronze cast sculpture of Miro. To start a sculpture project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials.
As part of study of the work of the artist Joan Miró.
As part of study of any artist in the Surrealist movement.
As part of individual study.


The group look at the work of Joan Miró and learn about the basics of working soft wax.


Using simple moulds and modelling the group create sculptures and start to think about how the sculpture might be cast into bronze

Plaster casts

The Surrealists often used found objects in their sculpture. By melting wax and using simple paster moulds the group employ a similar technique.

Joining and smoothing

By heating up modelling tools the group explore joining and smoothing techniques.

Finished wax sculptures

The end product is discussed and reviewed by the group.

Cast in bronze

Back in school the group receive two sculptures cast into bronze by Castle Fine Arts foundry.

Development Activity:

Elsewhere on CultureStreet you can find out more about Bronze Casting, Working with Soft Wax, Vanessa Pooley and artist who casts her work in bronze and Joan Miró's exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Casting sculpture into Bronze lesson plan

Vanessa Pooley

Joan Miró

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
In addition students can gain knowledge and understanding of the work and approaches of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures.
Students can refine their ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and process.

Research, Notes and Links:

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