Course Code SC1904LSS
Tutor Laura Postle
Course Dates TBC
Guest tutors Valentina Zlatarova
Days 25
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £1500
Location Art Academy London - Newington, 155 Walworth Road SE17 1RS

This course is a rare opportunity to work on a full life size figure within a small class size. Working with your tutors Laura Postle and Valentina Zlatarova, students will develop and hone the skills required to produce large scale figure work. Sculpting in both a guided environment from direct observation of a life model, as well as learning how to work self directed without a model, you will spend a five weeks fully immersed in the sculpting process.

Starting with building an armature using a provided steel back iron, an approach to figure work that will be strong yet flexible, with room for interpretation, will be taught. As well as developing technical skills of measurements, plumbing, anatomy and clay application, students will hone their creative skills, develop an understanding of sculptural texture and forms, and learn how to capture the model’s unique expression to create a piece of art.

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THIS COURSE IS POSTPONED. If you would like to join this course in the future send us an email to We will keep you informed once new dates are decided.

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.


Valentina was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Having expressed an interest in art from an early age Valentina began her formal artistic education at the age of 13 at Tzanko Lavrenov School of Art, Plovdiv. Following her graduation in 2004 she pursued her interest in figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy where she studied sculpture, drawing and painting, and later joined the faculty as a drawing instructor.  In 2007 Valentina established herself as a professional sculptor in London, during which time she won the Founders’f Sculpture Prize and twice received the Tiranti Prize for portraiture from the Society of Portrait Sculptors. From 2008-2012 she worked as a principal instructor in sculpture and drawing at the London Atelier of Representational Art in London. Valentina is joining the teaching faculty at Barcelona Academy of Art from January 2015.  Valentina’s work is featured in public and private collections worldwide.




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

Students have to bring their own refreshements and drinks. Unfortunately, at the moment students don’t have access to kitchen or kettle and there is no waiting 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.

Facilities Newington Campus - Art Academy London

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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during 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 images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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