How to Sculpt a Coral Reef // Polymer Clay Sculptures

Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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9 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Stove Pipe Sponge

    • Finger Sponge

    • Brain Coral

    • Anemone

    • Zoanthids

    • Montipora Coral

    • Royal Angel Fish

    • Conclusion


About This Class

This class is a great project for all levels, even people who never sculpted before.It is a great way to start sculpting, as corals are fairly easy to master.
You are also going to learn how to deal with colors and play around with composition as you go. I'm going to guide you through my own creative process, from finding the right reference pictures online or in books, deciding on colors, composition and how to sculpt a few different types of corals and sponges. The class is organized like follow :

1. Introduction
2.1. Sculpting : Aplysina Archeri (Stove Pipe Sponge)
2.2. Sculpting : Negombata Magnifica (toxic finger-sponge)
2.3. Sculpting : Lobophylia (Open Brain Coral)
2.4. Sculpting : Heteractis Magnifica (Magnificent Sea Anemone)
2.5. Sculpting : Zoanthids
2.6. Sculpting : Montipora Coral
2.7. Sculpting : Pygoplites Diacanthus (Royal Angel Fish)
3. Final Words

// M u s i c

Instrumental music by Amarante, Clairvoyance, Denial, Breathe In, They Can Fill an Ocean, Possession, Don't Look Back

Music by Three Chain Links of Phase, Gaining Traction

23 of 23 students recommendSee All

I truly enjoyed watching and learning from this class. I really liked the added music too. It created an exciting type of feeling, something really useful when learning a new skill. Unlike a previous video I commented on, I found all the information useful. Well almost all. I didn't learn the type of paint she used but I'm betting I can find out.
Such a pretty final piece! This class is interesting because it goes through all the different ways you can make coral for a sculpture. I watched this class mainly to learn new techniques as I don't think I will make my own coral reef, but it was interesting anyway.
Elanor Critchley


Could not get brain coral to play but all the rest were very interesting. I work with many mixed media but especially enjoy polimer clay. I will add a coral reef in one of my ostrich eggs. Thank you. Very enjoyable. Pat





Stephanie Kilgast

Contemporary artist.

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Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature. She grows colorful organic sculptures on human-made objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.

She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures. Her work ha...

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