Course Code EC1902002
Tutor Laura Postle
Dates Wednesdays, 22nd January - 25th March 2020
Days 10
Times 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Experience Level Intermediate
Fee £295
Location The Art Academy, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This course will enable you to create a standing figure (approx. 50cm tall), with an internal armature. While working on the figure as a whole, each class will focus on a different body part, looking at the structure and anatomy of the human form. Working in water based clay, you will learn to capture gesture and proportion as well as use light and shadow to understand form and get a true likeness of the model. Each week you will work with access to a life model.

Dependent on interest at the end of the course, those who wish to cast a ‘hardcopy’ fragment of their figure in plaster can do so in our optional Moulding weekend taking place on 28th and 29th March. During the weekend, you will mould and cast a piece of your sculpture into plaster to create a wall-mounted fragment or piece mounted on a base. This optional weekend course carries an additional cost.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Intermediate level.

  • 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.

Other course levels include:

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Please bring old clothes or an apron as you may get messy!
  • Sculpting tools are available to use in the studio. However, if you have your own tools we would recommend to you to bring them.
  • Bring your own sketchbook if you have one.
  • All materials needed for this course will be provided – this includes materials needed for armature making as well as clay.

No firing and hollowing will be available for this course.

Dependent on interest an optional Moulding weekend at the end of the course would run on the 28th and 29th  March:

  • Saturday Morning  – Moulding – Shimming the selected area and learn to mix plaster to create a one piece waste mould.
  • Saturday Afternoon – Casting – Carefully scooping out the clay to release the mould, we will then clean and seal it before filling with plaster to cast the piece.
  • Sunday Morning – Chipping out – Removing the mould from the cast with a hammer and chisel you will begin to reveal the hard finished copy of your piece, to be either wall mounted or mounted on a base. Time permitting it is possible to patina your piece with a variety of polishes, waxes and stains.

About Your Tutor


Laura 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: £295.00