Course Code E1902S20
Tutor Lara Ritosa Roberts
Dates Tuesdays, 14th January - 24th March 2020
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500
Material Costs £20 (See Daily Breakdown for Details)

This course explores the concept of the body from historical and cross-cultural viewpoints. You’ll investigate the potential of an experimental multi-media approach, working with a life model, exploring modelling techniques, body casting, movement, performance, installation and more. You will be encouraged to develop your own interests through a personal project and final sculpture 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 Academy is currently reviewing the materials needed for this course and will confirm the exact ​small fee required from students​ to cover the costs before the start of the course. ​This is unlikely to exceed £20.​ You will need to purchase/source materials for your personal project towards the end of this course.

Toolkits will be available to borrow from the Academy but if you wish to purchase your own Toolkit you can.

About Your Tutor

Lara Ritosa Roberts​ is a London based sculptor and performance artist, lecturer and workshop leader. She obtained an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL in 2007 and BA (Hons.) in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL in 2004. In the past, she also studied physical theatre and corporeal mime at Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, London (1995 – 1999).

In her interdisciplinary work consisting of sculptures, installation and performance, Lara explores the relationship between ideology and the body with the aim of provoking the viewing of the body as a cultural and political construct. She often refers to the visual heritage and seminal historical moments of her youth, such as socialist-realist aesthetics, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of communism and the subsequent war in her homeland (Croatia, Ex-Yugoslavia). Lara’s work has been showcased at many exhibitions and events across the UK & Europe, including ​Uniqlo Tate Late a​ t ​Tate Modern (2017), C​ ity of Women Festival, Ljubljana (2013), National Theatre Watch This Space Festival, London (2012), Whitstable Biennale (2012), Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (2011), Late at Tate Britain (2010) and more. Lara has been a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors since 2009 when she was awarded their bursary.


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