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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W23STEA03F
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course will allow you to explore sculpture in life and portrait head modelling in clay by developing observational and modelling skills and individual creativity. New and returning students work alongside each other in a mutually supportive environment. Learners will be encouraged to explore their own personal approach, developing confidence & skills in a creative, supportive and well equipped studio. Basic materials included. Extra charge for materials used over and above the allocated material course fee.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn and develop observation skills, clay modelling and handling techniques for firing, working from a life model in a variety of poses
  • Explore colouring and finishing possibilities on completed clay modelled sculptures
  • Improve skills and confidence, explore new approaches, and develop individual approach and expression through life modelled sculpture
  • Encourage good workshop practice including Health and Safety in relation to self and other studio users
  • Develop critical decision making skills in relation to your own work and as a member of the class/group recording progress through sketch books and photos of your work to self-assess


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    • Tuition is primarily one-to-one and within the class group• Step by step instruction and demonstration is given on new techniques to enable you to progress with your individual work• You will be working with a male or female model to create your own personal clay sculpture which will be fired• All learners negotiate individual learning goals with tutor and record and assess these goals on the Individual Learning Plans

    Entry requirements

    All levels welcome from beginners to the experienced with a keen interest in exploring Life modelling and 3 Dimensional form.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course takes place in Pelham Hall. Some lifting required but there is always help available.

    What you need

    Protective clothing i.e. recommended overall or apron, strong shoes or boots. Some extra fees will be charged for materials and ceramic firing when the student uses over and above their allocated course materials fee. Sketch book and pencils. Camera to record progress.

    What you can do next

    Progress onto: other sculpture and visual art courses in the department; foundation art and design or pre-foundation courses; and/or pursue one’s own creativity independently in own studio.