Our Life Size Figure Sculpture Masterclass had some fantastic results this August! Students created a full human figure from clay, working both with a life model and self-directed without a model. Lasting four weeks, each student completed a fully formed sculpture. The finished works are a testament to the course; they are fantastic studies of the model’s form.
The Masterclass is a truly immersive experience from start to finish. Starting with the construction of a steel black iron foundation, students then used clay to build the full figure. As well as developing the technical skills of measurements, plumbing, anatomy and clay application, students honed their creative skills, developed an understanding of sculptural texture and forms, and learned how to capture the model’s unique expression. The finished sculptures were both products of anatomical study and works of art!
If you are interested in taking this class, email shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk, for more information on future course dates.

Art Academy London in partnership with The Open University is delighted to announce that it has launched its validated BA (Hons) Fine Art and Foundation Degrees in Contemporary Portraiture and Sculpture, starting September 2019. The art school and charity, based in Southwark, has worked with the Open University since 2017 to become an accredited higher education provider.

The Academy is an artist-led institution that has built a reputation for investing time in supporting each student through tailored, hands-on tuition. It offers the best of an old-school atelier combined with the vibrancy and diversity of a contemporary art school: students have the freedom to explore their own art practice while building a solid foundation of both traditional and contemporary skills, and learning about the practicalities of working in the creative industries through Professional Development modules.

Rob Pepper, Principal, Art Academy London says:

“This is a real testament to the quality of us as an institution and the art education we offer. We’re delighted to bring a new BA and Foundation Degree to the table, offering art students something different: a tailored course designed and delivered by practising artists.”

“We truly believe in art education for all, which is why we’re offering every first-year student joining our BA or Foundation Degree in September 2019 access to the AAL Academic Bursary for the duration of their programme. This will significantly reduce our fees to below the national average for degrees, breaking down yet another barrier for students looking for quality arts education.”

The Academy has also recently launched its Honorary Advisory Council to support it as it seeks to broaden its reach, its resources and its facilities. The Council is comprised of a host of leading figures, both within the art world and in a diverse range of other industries., including Jo Baring.

Jo Baring, Director, The Ingram Collection comments:

“The Academy has been self-sustaining for almost 20 years and it’s an exciting time to be a part of its growth. This partnership with the Open University will allow the Academy to open up its unique teaching approach to even more students.”

Applications are currently open – more information about the programmes and bursary can be found at artacademy.org.uk/which- programme/