Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This course aims to introduce you to the process; to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model. Whether setting out a portrait head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method and/or searching for a more expressive manner of approach, you will benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural experience.
This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.
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.
Other course levels include:
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.
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.
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?
Materials, including clay, are included in the cost of the course. You will be offered the opportunity to have your clay pieces fired. Hollowing-out is necessary before a piece can be fired. This is optional and additional hollowing and firing costs will apply.
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
The sculpture in this course will be a large head – small figure/head cost is for exercise pieces that you may wish to fire in addition.
The Hollowing and Firing process takes at least 6-8 weeks. Make sure that you take a photograph of your work for identification. You will be informed by email when your sculpture is ready to be picked up. To collect your sculpture you can come during term time, Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm. Otherwise you can come during office hours only, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
About Your Tutor
Anthony is a practising sculptor with a background in graphic design. He completed a diploma in Figurative Sculpture at Heatherley’s school of art in 2014 and went on to do the Certificate programme at the Art Academy. Anthony works principally from life and uses studies as a starting point for more abstracted sculptures in a range of materials. His “Portrait of Cal” was selected for the last Society of Portrait Sculptors FACE exhibition.
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London SE1 1HR
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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”.
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.
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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