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Figurative Sculpture


16 April – 2 July / 10.00pm – 4.00pm
12 weeks / No half term break

Tutor: Laura Postle

Course #: TU38

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Figurative Sculpture

Sculpt a 2/3 scale torso


This course will introduce you to the techniques needed to make a figurative sculpture, working from a life model.

Learn to sculpt a 2/3 scale torso from a life model. The classical cropping of the arms, legs and head enables the sculptor to focus on modelling the forms of the trunk. After spending the initial part of the course capturing gesture and proportion, the slightly larger 2/3 size allows room to model fleshy forms, and distinguish between muscle & bone. Time will be spent looking at how to represent light, shadow and the transitions between them, to create a nuanced likeness of the model & a hierarchy of values that compositionally leads the eye around the piece.

Laura is a classically trained figurative sculptor, following the Italian tradition. This course gives you the opportunity to learn classical techniques, providing a foundation for developing your own style.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn the fundamentals of figurative sculpture, including gesture, proportion and form
  • Work from a life model to sculpt a 2/3 scale torso in clay
  • Learn how to work with an armature to support your sculpture
  • Mould and cast a section of your figure in plaster
  • Gain insights into classical sculpture techniques


Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of figurative sculpture regardless of their experience level. This course is a great starting point for developing your own style.
  • All levels welcome.


What’s included:

  • All materials and tools provided
  • Individual tuition



16 April – 2 July / 10.00pm – 4.00pm
12 weeks / No half term break

Tutor: Laura Postle

Course #: TU38

Course Material

Clay will be supplied by Heatherleys.

If you have your own tools please bring them with you but make sure they are marked with your name or some form of permanent personal identification.

Please bring these materials with you when you start the course:

• Set of wooden modelling tools

• Old shirt / apron


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