Course Code SC1804LSS
Tutor Laura Postle, Pippa Burley
Guest tutors Suzie Zamit, Gil Whyman, Valentina Zlatarova, Hazel Reeves
Dates 4 - 6 Weeks, Monday to Friday, 22nd July - 30th August 2019
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £2,200 ( £1,200 for weeks 1 - 4; £ 1,000 for weeks 5 and 6 )
Location The Art Academy Newington, 155 Walworth Road SE17 1RS

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for you to spend six full weeks working on a life-size figure sculpture under guidance from expert figure sculptors.

You’ll learn how to sculpt both from direct observation of a life model in a guided environment, and how to work self-directed without a model.

The course is made of two parts: in part 1 (weeks 1 – 4), you’ll concentrate on modelling your sculpture, before moving onto moulding and casting in part 2 (weeks 5 & 6). If you prefer, you can choose to join part 1 only (although please note you will need to have completed part 1 to join part 2 of this course).

To apply for this course, please send an email with a few images of your figurative sculpture work to or contact the Art Academy team at

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Advanced level.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

For detailed information about the course follow the Download daily breakdown link.

It is important that you bring any large modelling tools that you have and in addition to the following required  tools and equipment: Please note that items in italics are not available to purchase from the Academy shop:

Tiranti modelling tools Modelling tools, as large tools as you have available  and as many different texture, i.e rifflers
Plumb line

Snub-nosed pliers (i.e. the normal ones)
Tape measure
large callipers
Small sketchpad and pencil (for note-taking)
Long matchsticks/ or cocktail sticks
Untextured rags for wrapping (bedsheets are really good)
Thin plastic sheeting for wrapping, Clothes pegs or masking tape for wrapping
Jubilee clips, screw and staple selection, mixed drill bit set

The Academy has a basic Modelling Tool Pack available to purchase for £20.00. This contains:
B5 wooden Tiranti modelling tool
B7 wooden Tiranti modelling tool
B10 wooden Tiranti modelling tool
Wire clay cutter (“cheese wire”)
Plumb line (for measuring)
Steel toothed kidney scraper

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.



The Former Newington Library
155 Walworth Road
London, SE17 1RS
tel: +44 (0)207 701 2880

Nearest Tube/ Rail: Elephant & Castle (5 minute walk)

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a Tesco Express and a Pop-up complex with an assortment of eateries along Walworth Road and the food market Mercato Metropolitan just moments from Elephant and Castle underground.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due our Newington site 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!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram 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.
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From: £1,200.00