Course Code E1803S50
Tutor Lynne Abrahamson
Dates Mondays, 29th April - 1st July 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

The purpose of this course is to give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of sculptural forms, language, materials and processes. Throughout the class the tutor supports each of you individually to develop your own approach and visual language through the exploration of materials and techniques. Some may also wish to focus on a particular area of interest or line of enquiry. For those wishing to explore materials or who are unsure about which materials to use for their ideas, there is a core course to follow. This core course follows a number of structured exercises that enables you to experiment with the different materials and processes introduced. When working from the model, the emphasis of the exercises is to create sculpture using the life model as reference, rather than doing a technical study. Those who do not wish to follow the core course can work on their own projects in this class.
The availability of a life-model for part of the course allows students to use the human form to express emotion, energy or character and question what the human form/body means to them as a source of artistic inspiration. This in turn leads to a more developed understanding of how to use all sculptural form (figurative or abstract) and to understand the subtlety needed when choosing the appropriate formal language, materials and processes to best express their sculptural ideas. All of these aspects will equally be covered as structural/compositional principles to suit their needs should you not wish to use the model as reference.
The tutor will carefully take you through a creative process, with structured guidance in the creative and technical processes. Students are free to create sculptures at any scale and in the material of their choice. This programme is an important opportunity to develop the skills to create sculptures that have expression as well as being technically accomplished.

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?


There is a materials cost of £15 , payable on or before the first class . This cost is to contribute towards the wide range of materials provided by the Academy.

The £15 will cover all reasonable material use over the ten weeks, however, if a student decides to embark on a larger or more specialist project, they may be required to pay for this separately (this will be at the discretion of the tutor or Operations Coordinator). The types of materials that will be included in the fee are:

Modrock Chicken wire Wax Galvanised wire Lathe

Wooden boards

Small amounts of: Alginate Aluminum wire Copper wire Plastilene


Additional Costs
All students must provide all their own sculpture tools. 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 the work, it needs to be cast. Students working in clay without an armature can have their pieces fired, should they choose to. 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

About Your Tutor

Lynne studied Fine Art in Barcelona before coming to London where she did a Certificate in Sculpture at the City of London Polytechnic and then went to Central St.Martins. She did the Diploma at The Art Academy, where she qualified in 2011 with a first. During her time at the Academy, she began to use ceramics and textiles and this is what she specialises in now in her art practice. Her work is based on her experiences as a mother and she focuses on themes such as separation, loss and change related to the various stages in her life. Her work is quirky and she aims to deal with serious issues in a light hearted way. She has taken part in the Craft fair at Hatfield House, has exhibited in the Menier Chocolate Factory and has works in private collections. She was winner of the Wolfendale Prize for natural forms. Lynne is currently working on a number of projects; internal landscapes using thread as her medium and a project about children’s drawings. She teaches on the Diploma and Foundation Courses at the Academy.


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.
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Fee: £500.00