Introduction to Clay Sculpture


COURSE DATES: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2024

TUTOR: Farnoush Amini MRSS


TIMES: 10:00am – 5:00pm


FEE: £190

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This 2-­day course is an exciting introduction for beginners, as well as for those with some previous experience, to gain or develop basic clay sculpture skills. Working in clay, you will learn a range of techniques with the opportunity to explore your own creative project. You will spend the first day creating a clay figure sculpture from a life model and be shown different ways of looking at the figure in a 3D form, moving from representational to more abstract. The next day you will carry on with your sculpture whilst applying the techniques you have been shown. Practising your observational skills whilst working in 3D.

This is a great opportunity to discover, or return to, making 3­-dimensional work and develop an individual approach. There will be the option to leave your finished sculpture for hollowing and firing for an additional fee.

Recommend booking by: April 20, 2024


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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.

Please bring old clothes or an apron as you may get messy!


Most equipment and materials are provided but depending on your chosen creative approach in the latter part of the course, you may need to source some materials yourself, also bring your own sketchbook if you have one.  


If you work in clay without an armature, you will be offered the opportunity to have your clay pieces fired.  Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired. This is optional and additional hollowing and firing costs will apply.


Hollowing fees:  


£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure


Firing Fees:

  • £15 for a small figure;
  • £20 for a portrait head;
  • £20 for a large figure


During the second half of the course there will be an additional charge for metal wire. The cost will depend on the amount of wire used.


Farnoush is an Iranian artist who lives and works in London. She graduated from the Art Academy London in 2019. She aims to question the divisions created by religion, politics and cultural differences.

Exploring material language, their connection or disconnection to her chosen subject are her main focus. She extensively researches her ideas through documentary footage, articles and photos.

She extracts the most relevant material, symbol or gesture from her chosen subject in order to communicate a hidden message.

Sculpture, installation and performance arts are her way of self expression. She explores material such as concrete, fabric, metal, clay, human hair or ready made objects. By placing familiar objects in an unfamiliar form or space she overwhelms the viewer with a sense of entrapment or unease.

Her works have been exhibited internationally. She is a twice winner of Sheros Revoluciones in 2019/2020 and People’s Choice Award in 2019 by Passion For Freedom Art Festival. She was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2020.

She was invited to be a part of the Political Art exhibition at U-Jazdowski Museum of Contemporary Arts in Warsaw, Poland in 2021-2022. 

Her work has been selected to be part of the collection at Thirsk Hall Sculpture Gardens in North Yorkshire from 2023 to 2024.

She was invited to exhibit at the ING Discerning Eye 2023 at the Mall gallery, London. “


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/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.



Intro to Clay Sculpture