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Sculpture classes

Your anatomical knowledge and observation skills develop naturally while you are guided every step of the way in a project of your choice.

Contact us and tell us what you want to make.

Sculpture is a thoroughly addictive and satisfying artform. Most come to us as complete beginners with no prior artistic experience. This does not matter! We break the process down into manageable steps.

Hyper-realistic face sculpture
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Sculpture classes
traditional & modern methods

Classes are every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9am and 330pm. You can choose how long and how often you would like your sessions to be. Most come once a week for 3hrs, some once every few weeks for the day, others twice or even three times per week. It is completely up to you. Current cost is $35/hr

We also sell armatures, clay and tools if required but you are welcome to use the tools in the studio.

Step 1 is to have a think about what you would like to make and let us know. We can offer you suggestions. We will make you an armature before your session and prepare any reference pictures or reference models necessary for your first session. 

Step 2 is to book a time and turn up, we will welcome you and take care of everything else.

We have lots of coffee and people always people always tend to bring snacks and treats. 

We hope to meet you soon!

Student Works

All kind of subjects & styles

You are welcome to work on any projects that interest you whether they be portraits, hyperrealistic, figure sculpture or monster & creature design.

We teach you how to use reference pictures, calipers and measurements as well as loads of anatomical reference models to take all the guesswork out of the process. This is how you develop an artistic eye. Most come to us as complete beginners with no prior artistic experience. This does not matter! We break the process down into manageable steps you can learn and use at home.  

Portrait Sculpture

modern & traditional methods

You are welcome to work on any projects that interest you whether they be portraits, hyperrealistic, figure sculpture or monster & creature design. Have a think about whether you would like to make a mould of your finished sculpture for casting in resin, concrete, plaster or even prosthetic grade rubber.

Figure Sculpture

modern & traditional methods

You are welcome to work on any projects that interest you whether they be portraits, hyperrealistic, figure sculpture or monster & creature design. Have a think about whether you would like to make a mould of your finished sculpture for casting in resin, concrete, plaster or even prosthetic grade rubber.

Monster Making

bring your imagination to life

For many people, monster making is a much more organic way to learn sculpture methods and anatomy. It affords an improvised approach with freedom to explore more variety of form to convey strong emotion & personality.  This can take away the pressure and imperative for subtlety which can exist in more serious sculpts, however you are free to engage with human anatomy to any degree of accuracy you choose. 

 

Animal Sculpture

Express your love of wildlife

 Greatly increase your understanding of an animal by sculpting it. You will begin to see things you never noticed before as you examine its anatomy and learn to express its character in your sculpture.

Feel free to start with whichever animal you feel most passionate about or make a tribute to a family pet.

Jewellery & miniature sculpture​

MODERN &TRADITIONAL METHODS

The principals for sculpting on a smaller scale are very similar to larger scale sculpts, we just use a different medium, carving tools and occasionally equipment for magnification.  

Casting small designs in silver or bronze is very easy and affordable. 

Another option is to 3d scan your sculptures so they can be 3d printed at a smaller scale for mould making and casting in metal or resin.

Click the video to see a mini portrait
progression!

MODERN &TRADITIONAL METHODS

This short video shows a the gradual development of a mini portrait monster sculpture from start to finish. Notice how we begin with a generic shape of with the facial proportions marked out and gradually build up each facial feature. 

This face didn’t just arise from the imagination, it was inspired by lots of different sources including photos found online and reference anatomical reference models.

The important thing to take away from this is that starting with a nice, simple and accurate foundation will make everything easier and from there you can use pictures and other references to guide you.

What should I sculpt first?

The most important thing is to choose a project that you are excited about, as your interest will drive you to make it as good as it can be. It is also important that you are able to source lots of reference images for your subject. The main goal of your first project is to get to grips with basic anatomy meaning we will be using skulls and other anatomical reference models and images.  

Don’t be hard on yourself; if you get frustrated, feel free to have a break from it and start another exercise or a new project. There is often great benefit in having more than one project on the go at any given time.

If you aren’t sure where to start, I often suggest we choose a portrait with exaggerated anatomical features. This will give you a strong introduction to the underlying anatomical shapes as sculpture is all about anatomy. The more you practice, the more you will see that these shapes are very specific and capturing their essence is the key.

I have created a couple of sculptures based on sketches of portraits by Leonardo da Vinci, a master of creating character with anatomy. These are very useful for reference as anatomical features are very strongly defined.