Course Code OC2103053
Tutor Brook Hobbins
Course Dates Monday & Wednesday & Friday, 4th& 6th & 8th April 2022
Days 3
Times 10am - 4.30pm
Experience Level Intermediate/Advanced
Fee £220
Location Online

This online workshop offers an ideal way to develop your portrait sculpture skills alongside others – from the comfort of your home or studio. The ability to interpret and translate photographs into three dimensions is an art that demands a particular skill set. The course aims to equip participants with the tools to develop those skills – and the online environment provides a perfect context for focusing on the challenges involved.

As well as practical exercises and demonstrations, we’ll be drawing on participants’ experience, memory, and imagination – so it will help to have some confidence in handling clay and/or drawing from observation. Consequently, the course is best suited to intermediate and advanced students.

Over the course of three days, you’ll be making a 3/4 scale portrait in clay from reference photos provided digitally in advance for printing out in hard copy.

The course has been designed to offer a good balance between screen time and time working on your own. The split week helps to mitigate ‘zoom fatigue’ – and provides an opportunity to either continue working or take a day’s break.

What level is this course?

This is an Intermediate/ Advanced course.

About Your Tutor


Brook Hobbins trained at Camberwell School of Art, West Surrey College of Art and Syracuse University, NY, USA where she gained a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. Brook subsequently qualified and practised as a Chartered Landscape Architect until her return to full-time sculpture in 2012, when she set up her studio and teaching practice on the Kent coast.

Brook combines her expertise as fine artist, designer, and draftsperson to inform her approach to sculpture and to teaching. Clay is her primary medium with portrait and figurative sculpture forming her core practice.

Brook is a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and has been showing regularly at their annual exhibition since 2014. As well as working to commission and showing locally, she mounts regular pop-up studio events, showcasing live portraiture in venues around Kent.

What will I need

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

We will not be held responsible for any technical issues that you might experience with your own equipment or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.

You will need sufficient space, materials and equipment as follows:

  • A suitable space with access to water, and a surface for comfortable working – ideally a proper rotating sculpture stand.
  • Callipers for measuring.
  • Small wooden clay modelling tools and a knife for marking out your clay work.
  • A conventional board, post, and wire armature suitable for making a ¾ scale clay portrait. (Alternatively, those who have another tried and tested method may choose to make their own.)
  • Minimum 10Kg water-based, ordinary grey clay or other preferred modelling clay.
  • A spray bottle for moistening your work.
  • A supply of robust, single layer corrugated cardboard (like a wafer with the corrugation sandwiched in the middle) or equivalent discarded packaging.
  • Scissors for cutting cardboard.
  • Drawing materials including A4 tracing paper and a ruler.
  • A replica skull and/or anatomy book are desirable, but you can access this information digitally if necessary.


Further Details

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
  • 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.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is not disturbing the class.
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact
  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

Code of Conduct

Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.

  • Portrait Sculpture - Masterclass - Online Course - Art Academy London

“Tutor was absolutely brilliant, both in her approach and what she led us to do. A memorable day for me, wish I’d attended years ago. Has inspired me to experiment further in the medium.”


Places Available!

Fee: £220.00