Figurative Sculpture


COURSE DATES: Thursday 19th September – 28th November 2024

TUTOR: Laura Postle

DAYS: 10

TIMES: 11:00am - 5:00pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, All Levels

FEE: Early Bird: £607.50 / Standard Price: £675

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Studying directly from a life model, you’ll sculpt the full figure on a half-life scale in clay. You’ll learn the essentials of construction, including various techniques in observation, measurement and use of a plumb line, and will combine these modelling skills with fundamental anatomical knowledge. You’ll also gain an understanding of the importance of capturing gesture and proportion.

Your tutor will support you fully throughout the course in both group sessions and one-to-one, providing regular feedback, critique and constructive advice. Although the course has a general theme and approach there is no fixed or prescriptive methodology and individuals are encouraged to blend their own approach with the techniques and methodologies being taught.

Please note: Wire armatures will be used inside the sculptures, so pieces cannot be fired. However, you will be able to photograph your sculptures during the final session. 

Students will be able to:

  • Make armatures on a half life scale
  • Develop and apply anatomical knowledge in the creation of figurative sculpture 
  • Understand and apply measurement and scaling techniques, including ‘scale of proportions’ and ‘comparative measurements’ 
  • Develop observational skills through the creation of figurative sculpture 
  • Develop and apply clay modelling techniques using a variety of tools 
  • Apply skills in the creation of proportionally accurate figurative sculpture that captures likeness and gesture
  • Apply safe-working practices at all times. 

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes. Check out the Elective Skills Workshops currently available.

*The Early Bird discount ends on the 8th of July and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Recommend booking by: September 5, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

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.


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.


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.


A clay modelling kit is provided for the duration of the class to each student. Each kit contains the following: 

  • B10 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B8 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B7 Tiranti wooden tool
  • B6 Tiranti wooden tool
  • BM11 Tiranti metal tool 
  • Aluminium Calipers 30cm
  • Plumb line 

Each student must bring the following tools to every class:

  • Tiranti’s H modelling tool – Available to purchase from the office shop.
  • Mirror – handheld, rectangular, no frame
  • Drawing equipment – pencils, charcoal, rubber, board clips and sketchbook.
  • Untextured rags for wrapping – bedsheets are really good or pillowcases can be the perfect size

Additional Costs

There will be a cost of £10 towards the materials throughout the course, this will need to be paid to the office on the first day of the course. 

Please note: Generally wire armatures will be used inside the sculptures; therefore pieces cannot be fired. If students wish to keep their work, it generally needs to be moulded and cast. 

Laura Postle 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 explores the true character of her model whilst accentuating gesture and capturing the emotion of her subject.

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”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.



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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • 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 a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.

£607.50 £675.00

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Laura Postle Figurative Sculpture

Early Bird discount available until 8th July