Course Code SC2104038
Tutor Jessica Wetherly
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 25th - 29th July 2022
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Beginner+
Fee £335
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This course focuses on teaching students to use the human form to express emotion, energy and character through working on a series of sculptures. Students will focus on understanding how to use different forms and compositions to express the character of the pose and to understand subtlety in the choice in forms, textures and materials. This course offers students an opportunity to work with different materials, to try something a bit different and loosen up your sculptural techniques. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students. Our experienced tutor will show beginners a step-by-step approach to figure modelling, and will work with more advanced students to push their work forward in their own way. Working with small dynamic standing poses in Super Sculpey as well as two seated poses in clay. Please be aware that on Friday the class will finish at 4.30pm.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

Are there any other costs?

Hollowing and Firing

At the end of the course students are given the option to leave their sculptures for hollowing and firing. There is a charge of £15-£20 for hollowing plus £15-£20 for firing per sculpture. Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired and the piece should normally be ready for collection up to 12 weeks after the course ends.  This is payable by card only on the last day of the course. A form will need to be completed. 

Additional Costs

The dynamic figures made in Super Sculpey can be created using a wire armature and then simply baked in the oven and coloured.  This will all be completed during the course. The seated figure will be created with the ceramic clay and hollowed for firing after the end of the course ready for collection within approx 12 weeks. This course is unique in that you will end up with these 3 completed sculptures, rather than having the normal issues of expensive moulding and casting to get a finished piece.

Materials available to buy from us at the start of the course (unless a more advanced student is following their own programme)

Super Sculpey (454g 1Ib)  – £9.50

Copper Wire (mixed) – £5.00

Any additional clay figures completed during the class will incur further firing fees £20 per piece.

Hollowing is necessary before pieces can be fired.  Should students prefer to maximise their modelling experience, they can arrange with the tutor to have their piece hollowed for an additional fee. The cost for hollowing is £20 for a head or large figure, £15 for a small figure.

What else can I bring each lesson?

You should bring as much from the below lists as possible.  In some cases we can provide selected equipment:

  • Wooden clay modeling tools
  • Callipers for measuring (medium-sized)
  • Metal tape measure
  • Wire cutter
  • Water spray bottle
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Black bin liner
  • Drawing implement (pencil, pen, or charcoal)
  • Sketchpad / loose leaf paper
  • Apron or old clothing
  • Camera for documenting your progress

About Your Tutor


A London based sculptor, Jessica’s recent work presents creatures in curious and surreal landscapes with a sci-fi aesthetic that evoke questions of agency as we face the ecological and climate breakdown. The objects and images build worlds that investigate the blindness of anthropocentric society, using an intuitive and playful range of everyday materials haunted by human touch. A training in figurative sculpture forms the foundation to her practice in traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica excels at finding practical solutions to manifest ideas into reality and is interested in helping you discover meaning to your making within a wider contemporary and historical context. She is able to help students work with composition, anatomy, form and the architecture of space, applying core principals of observation to a variety of mediums. Jessica provides step by step methods to provide access for beginners whilst improving and directing intimidate and advanced students. Jessica teaches an array of drawing, sculpture, installation and critical practice.
Jessica is a QEST Scholar and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with her first solo show in Austin, USA at the end of 2018. In 2019, Wetherly has been selected as the winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize and as the bursary award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has both public and private commissions including a permanent statue in Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth. Jessica has taken part in a number of residencies both in the UK and abroad in 2020 she will be taking part in Wild Biyoo in Goa, Korai Project Space in Cyprus and BilboaArte in the Basque Country.



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

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

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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Fee: £335.00