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Sculpture classes

Sculpture sessions can be tailored to individual interests, just tell us what you are interested in and we will provide a plan to help you work towards achieving your goals.

Gradually develop your anatomical knowledge, observation skills & learn different mould making and casting methods.

Browse below for available options and get in touch with your individual requirements.

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Sculpture classes
traditional & modern methods

Gradually develop your anatomical knowledge, observation skills & learn different mould making and casting methods.

If you are keen we can provide you with progressive exercises in drawing & sculpture, using reference materials including detailed posters & physical models to quicken your learning.

As well as advising you on projects I can recommend which materials you should buy along with suppliers. If necessary I can provide you with a sculpture armature, 

Our sculpture sessions can be tailored to individual interests, just tell us what you are interested in and we will provide a plan to help you work towards achieving your goals.

No experience is necessary. If you would like to prepare however, drawing is an excellent exercise to help your sculpture projects.

You will need clay and an armature. We don’t sell clay but I can recommend what you should buy.  We can prepare an armature specific to your project if you let us know in advance.  The price of a standard portrait armature is $35. 

Mould making allows you to make copies of your sculptures. You can choose a variety of materials such as plaster, concrete, prosthetic silicone rubber and more.

We keep classes small to ensure quality tuition so please contact us a couple of days in advance to book a session time.  

Class sizes are kept very small, generally 3 people maximum. The group session cost is $35/hr per student with a minimum of two hours per session but you can go longer if you wish. One-on-one sessions are also available. If required a standard portrait armature can be provided for $35. 

One-on-one sessions are available at a rate of $70/hr

One-on-one options allow sessions to be completely tailored to your requirements with instruction & feedback every step of the way. This is ideal for sculpture as the complexity of anatomical forms can be a little overwhelming. One-on-one sessions are $70/hr.

Portrait sculpture

modern & traditional methods

You are welcome to work on any projects that interest you whether they be portraits, hyper-realistic, figure sculpture, 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. 

 

Jewellery & miniature sculpture​

MODERN &TRADITIONAL METHODS

The principals for sculpting at 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.

Mould making & casting

exploring materials

Mould making allows you to create copies of your sculptures in different materials such as plaster, resin, concrete & prosthetic grade silicone rubber for realistic flesh effects.

The overall process can be quite involved requiring a little planning ahead. Sometimes a mould will need to be made in several parts depending on the complexity of the sculpture. Once you have made your first few moulds however, you will have the skills you need to work it all out.

Digital sculpting & 3D printing

using modern techniques

Soon we will be offering several classes in the digital sculpting program Z-brush. The first class will be a short introductory course to familiarise students with the basic functions of Z-brush. You will learn how to create basic armatures and we will sculpt a simple head. You designs can then be 3d printed at a small scale. You can then make a mould of it and cast in clay for further work or resin and paint your designs.

Polystyrene Carving

recreating materials

Polystyrene carving is a technique used extensively in set design to simulate different materials and settings.  We offer an introduction to basic texture effects and colouring to create brickwork, dry-stone wall, wood and slate effects

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 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.

Reference models

Thinking Hand Studios has an ever increasing library of reference models to inform anatomical and stylistic knowledge. Quality reference material is essential to maximize your learning experience and an efficient working pace.

We will work using reference images and models relevant to your project.

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