|Course Dates||Monday - Friday, 31st July - 4th August 2023|
|Times||9.45am - 4.45pm|
|Experience Level||Ages 18+, All Levels|
|Location||Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR|
Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This week-long course aims to introduce you to the process; to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model.Whether setting out a portrait head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method and/or searching for a more expressive manner of approach, you will benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural experience. Please be aware that on Friday the class will finish at 4.30pm.
What level is this course?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Please wear clothes for messy work and bring a sketchbook for notes and designs ideas.
We will be providing all the tools necessary for the course, but if you would like to use your own tools, please find a list below:
- Wooden and/or metal modelling tools
- Callipers for measuring (medium-sized)
- Metal ruler and/or tape measure
- Wire cutter
- Water spray bottle
- Cocktail sticks
- Barbecue sticks
- Masking tape
- Hand-held mirror
- Black bin liner
- Drawing implement (pencil, pen, or charcoal)
- Sketchpad / loose leaf paper
- Apron or old clothing
At the end of the course students are given the option to leave their sculptures for hollowing and firing. Hollowing is necessary before a piece can be fired and the piece should normally be ready for collection about 12 weeks after the course ends. This is payable by card only before leaving the course. A form will need to be completed.
£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure
£15 for a small figure; £20 for a portrait head; £20 for a large figure
Note: you will need to bring your own life-size bust-peg/armature if you wish to take away your work and are not leaving it to be hollowed out and fired. The Art Academy provides bust pegs for the course, but these cannot be taken away as they are needed for future courses. There will not be an option to purchase these. You would need to decide how you are going to take your sculpture home (if you are not leaving it for hollowing and firing). The best way is to carry in the boot of a car with ballast to weigh-down the base (bags of clay are ideal) or on the backseat with a pillow between the sculpture and car seat.
About Your Tutor
Anthony makes artworks which explore movement and “aliveness” through an energetic interaction with a variety of media. Apart from being an end in itself, figurative work and studies from nature are sometimes the starting point for the development of more abstract sculptures and paintings. This is often inspired by existing stories, myths and folklore – seeking new expressions of timeless themes. All aspects of the sculptural process and the changes of state involved in production contribute creatively to what is made. Recently alongside portrait commissions he has been a member of the Kiln Rooms, developing freeform sculpture utilising a range of clays, glazes and firing techniques. Shows over the last year include the Chelsea Arts Society annual show, Morley Bronzes exhibition, Kiln Rooms Summer open studios and “Surface” a shop-based exhibition of ceramic art & sculpture.
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”.
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.
- 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!
- 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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- For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.