Course Code E1803DS20
Tutor Jessica Wetherly
Dates Thursdays, 25th April - 27th June 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

This course offers an opportunity to work from a life model in clay. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students. The experienced tutor will show beginners a step by step approach to figure modelling and work with more advanced students to push their work forward in their own way. Working from a seated, standing and reclining poses through the course, you will strengthen your understanding of a range of sculptural language. This is an opportunity to explore different styles of sculpture; we will be looking at painters and sculptors from modernist era, renaissance and archaic art practises. There will be a focus on the understanding of the structural framework of the body to allow you to stylise your work through looking at various approaches and distortion within the boundary of the figurative craft. You will begin with a series of smaller one day poses, followed by the production of one/two larger pieces in clay without an armature from a life model pose based on artists of your choice. This is an opportunity to work fast and freely without armatures developing a loose structure to making. You will complete a minimum of 3 sculptures that do not have the large expense of moulding and casting to get a finished piece.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

The board and clay are provided at a cost of £15 per student which is payable at the start of the course.

Additional Costs
Students who choose not to follow the core course must supply/ pay for all materials themselves.

You need to be aware that if wire armatures are used inside the sculptures, the pieces cannot be fired. If you want to keep your work, it needs to be cast. If you work in clay without an armature, the pieces can be fired. This is optional and additional hollowing and firing costs will apply. Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired.

Firing Fees:
£15 for a small figure £20 for a portrait head £20 for a large figure

Hollowing fees:
£15 for a small figure £20 for a portrait head £20 for a large figure

A clay modelling kit is provided for the duration of the class for you to use. Each kit contains the following:

  • B10 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B8 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B7 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B6 Tiranti wooden tool
  • BM11 Tiranti metal tool
  • Aluminium Calipers 30cm
  • Plumb line

You must bring the following tools to every class:

  • Tiranti’s H modelling tool – Available to purchase from the office shop.
  • Mirror – handheld, rectangular, no frame
  • Drawing equipment – pencils, charcoal, rubber, board clips and sketchbook.
  • Untextured rags for wrapping – bedsheets are really good.

About Your Tutor

Jessica has developed a practise transitioning between drawing, sculpture and installation, working in a variety of materials and scales. She aims to help her students build a firm foundation of skills whilst encouraging creative experimentation based upon the founding methodology at The Art Academy and Central Saint Martins where she studied. Her technique combines a structural approach combined with an animated surface application aiming to express simplicity from complex form. Jessica has taught at various schools and institutions across the country including The British Museum and setting up Stanton Group Studios in Ludlow with Mark Richards RBS. She also works with some of the UK’s leading practitioners in figurative sculpture and incorporates the skills and techniques learnt into her teaching practise.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £500.00