Animal Dynamics

During the workshop ‘Animal Dynamics – from sketch to clay’, participants will learn how to develop an animal sculpture in a realistic and expressive way from analysing and sketching the animal in movement first.

The first two days will be dedicated to sketching from the live model covering speed sketching techniques from the moving subject (most probably a parrot or macaw) whilst also looking at animal anatomy and feather formation/muscle tone.

The following three days will be spent in the studio using the students life sketches to create a dynamic animal/bird portrait sketch.

David Cemmick was born in County Durham in 1955. A passion for wild places and the creatures that inhabit them has driven David’s creativity and inspiration for the past fourty years. Drawing animals ‘en plein air’ in Kenya, Madagascar, Jamaica, India and New Zealand has informed his wildlife image making and bronze sculpture.

Brought up in the North East of England, he trained in animal anatomy before becoming a professional wildlife artist in 1975. Television appearances and conservation work with botanist Prof. David Bellamy molded his early career and his first two books documented the ground breaking conservation work of the New Zealand Wildlife Service and their success in bringing the Kakapo Parrot and the Black Robin, back from the brink of extinction.

For four years he held the post of Senior Lecturer in Environmental Illustration at the University of Sunderland before re-kinding his freelance career to pursue his passion for sculpture. In 2005, he formed Cemmick and Wylder , a company dedicated to turning David’s wax sculptures into limited edition foundry bronzes. In 2013, Her Majesty the Queen presented one of David’s sculptures as a personal gift to the President of the United Arab Emirates.



  • A3 sketch pad for life drawing
  • 2B or softer pencils or a ball point pen
  • Spatula for molding
  • Large wooden spatula
  • Spray bottle (to keep the mud wet)
  • Plastic bags (to cover the sculptures)
  • Any other material for the sculptural work that you already have.


15-19 July 2019


9:30 – 15h


BAA Poblenou



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David Cemmick

David Cemmick



Del 15 al 19 de julio, 2019



Applications are only accepted online [forms on the websites of each course].

Places will be assigned following a strict order of received applications.

When the groups are full, extra applications received will be part of the reservation list.

Payment method

Once a student is admitted, he/she will be asked to confirm his/her place with a non- refundable deposit (via bank transfer) equivalent to 10% of the total course amount.

The rest of the registration fee should be paid on the dates indicated in the enrolment confirmation email.

Should the student fail to pay the corresponding amount on the dates indicated, his/her place will automatically be available for a student in the waiting list.

IMPORTANT: As a general rule, no refunds are allowed except in cases of extreme gravity or urgency. In such cases, the student may be required to present the necessary documentation to certify that what he / she communicates is true. The Committee will evaluate each situation and the Administration Department will communicate the final decision to the student. This decision will be final and unappealable.

In any case, the student will assume an amount to be confirmed by the administration department in terms of fees, which will generally correspond to 10% of the amount pertaining to the canceled period.

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