Short Course

Sculpture Night Class - Modelling Animals in Clay

Learn to create small animals in clay using the techniques of coiling, slab building, and pinching to achieve a recognisable likeness of the animal form.


12 February 24 –
08 November 24


Dunedin School of Art, P Block
19 Riego Street, North Dunedin , Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About the course 

Learn to create small animals in clay using the techniques of coiling, slab building and pinching to achieve a recognisable likeness of the animal form.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and people with some experience. The course fosters observation, through an understanding of anatomy, form, scale, and detail, while encouraging imagination. Students will analyse their understanding of what they see, and have imagined, and present a finished sculpture and a number of modelled sketches. The outcome will include a set of technical tasks and the developmental work towards the production of their individualised project.

In this workshop, your tutor will share their experience of modelling the animal figure and tips and tricks for the successful building of an abstract or figurative sculpture. This course will address issues of structure and design as well as expression and appropriate texture. The ideas will be worked out by means of smaller models.

The class will be taught through demonstrations and through one-on-one teaching and conversations with each participant. The aim is to support each participant in the realisation of their own work. Each participant will finish one or more small- to medium-size figures that will be fired. There is also the chance to learn how to create a simple mould from one or more of the figures created. Participants are welcome to bring sketches for their own projects.

2024 intakes

We offer this course on a Thursday evening over eight weeks (6pm-8pm).

We offer one intake per term:

Term Dates
Term one 12 February - 12 April
Term two 29 April – 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September
Term four 16 September - 8 November

It is only possible to enrol for one term at a time. There will be no classes on public holidays. 

Enrolments for the following term will open on the Wednesday before the current term starts, i.e. approximately 9 weeks before the start date of the next term you wish to enrol for.  

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately, via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the link above).  

Course fees

$240 per term

Learners under 16

  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.


Please come in wearing old clothes or have something to cover your clothes with, such as overalls. Covered footwear is required. Please bring in any ideas, images or artists that you would like to use as inspiration.

Students will need to bring cash for clay purchases. Clay is available for purchase on-site, prices from $30 for a 10kg bag.


Classes will be presented by Bronwyn Mohring.

Bronwyn Mohring graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic with a Diploma in Craft Design in 1994 and with a Diploma of Ceramic Design from Otago Polytechnic in 1995. She has worked in the sculptural pottery field ever since. In 2019 Bronwyn return to the Dunedin School of Art to refresh her skills and face new challenges while working towards her Master of Fine Arts. 


Classes are held in the Plaster Room, in the Sculpture Department at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.

Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St).

Refund information

For our 2024 enrolments you may be issued a full (except for Eventbrite fees) automatic refund up to 7 days before your event starts by requesting a refund through Eventbrite.

Refund requests after this date can be made by contacting (Art Night Class Administration). These will be accepted on a case-by-case basis when exceptional circumstances are present. No refunds will be accepted after the start date of the class.

Please note, classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course.

Got a question?

For enquiries, please email

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.