When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Alexandra Harley
  • Course Code W22STEA04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

All day 5 week Life & Portrait clay sculpture workshop focussing on one model and one pose: 1st term Portrait head; 2nd term Standing pose; 3rd term life sculpture with option of some costume and props. Choice of composition within pose. Develop observation skills, individual expression, clay modelling and clay preparation techniques for firing. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. New and returning students work alongside each other in a mutually supportive workshop environment. Learners will be encouraged to explore their own personal approach and composition within the pose developing confidence and skills. Extra charges for materials used over and above the allocated material course fee.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Beginner Learners will: Practise clay handling techniques for firing and knowledge of Health and Safety procedures working with clay
  • Returning/Intermediate/Advanced Learners will: Improve skills and confidence in clay modelling, handling techniques for firing and Health and Safety procedures
  • All Learners will: Learn and develop observation skills working from a life and or portrait model and understand typical distortions made in figure modeling.
  • Understand measuring using scales and comparison
  • Explore and develop individual approaches.
  • Explore colouring and finishing techniques on completed ceramic sculptures


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be make clay life sculptures with guidance from your tutor. Tuition is primarily one-to-one and within the class group. , Instruction and demonstration is given on new techniques. , Hand outs are given on methods, Health & Safety, materials, techniques & reference materials. , All learners can negotiate individual learning goals with tutor and record and assess these goals on the Individual learning Plans., In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    All levels welcome from beginners to the experienced with a keen interest in exploring Life and portrait modelling.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course takes place in Pelham Hall offsite from Main College (check map on website). , Some lifting is required but help is always on hand.

    What you need

    Protective clothing i.e. recommended overall or apron, strong shoes or boots. , Some extra fees will be charged for materials and ceramic firing when the student uses over and above their allocated course materials fee. , Sketch pad and pencils.

    What you can do next

    Progress onto: other sculpture and visual art courses in the department; foundation art and design or pre-foundation courses; and/or pursue one’s own creativity independently in own studio.