Course Code E1901S004
Tutor Laura Postle
Dates Tuesdays, 17th September - 26th November 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

This course offers an opportunity to work in clay whilst studying directly from the life model; combining modelling skills and creativity with anatomical knowledge. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced sculptors, on this course you will sculpt the full figure on a half-life scale.
Through learning various techniques in observation, measurement and use of a plumb line, students will understand the essentials of construction as well as the importance of capturing gesture and proportion. More advanced students will have the opportunity to push in a more personal direction; with the potential to produce larger scaled and more specific work, such as the torso.

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?

A clay modelling kit is provided for the duration of the class to each student. 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
Each student must bring the following tools to every class:
● Tiranti’s H modelling tool – Avalible 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.
Additional Costs
There will be a cost of £10 towards the materials throughout the course, this will need to be paid to the office on the first day of the course.
Firing Fees are: http://www.artacademy/student-area-documents
∙ £15 for a small figure
∙ £20 for a portrait head
∙ £40 for a large figure/torso
Generally wire armatures will be used inside the sculptures; therefore pieces cannot be fired. If students wish to keep their work, it generally needs to be moulded and cast. Please see details relating to moulding/casting options at the end of this document. If pieces are made in clay and do not have armatures in them, it is possible to fire them.
This is optional and additional firing costs will apply.

About Your Tutor

Laura Postle​ is a classically trained figurative sculptor who is a graduate of the Florence academy of art, Italy. Based on observation of the human figure her work pushes to explores the true character of her model whilst accentuating gesture and capturing the emotion of her subject.


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