Life figurative sculpture in clay

Course Dates: 02/05/19 - 16/05/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Shelley Wilson

Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling techniques. Beginners are welcome on this intensive course.


What is the course about?

This will be an introduction and investigation into the structure and musculature of the human figure using the life model as reference. You will use all this information to create your own sculpture in clay using sculptural modelling techniques. Your clay sculpture will be fired after the course has finished, the department will advise dates for collection.

What will we cover?

• Basic anatomy of the human form
• How to make observational working drawings of the life-model
• Introduction to clay modelling expressing the human form
• How to make an analytical evaluation of your own artwork supported by friendly and supportive feed back
• A brief introduction to the work of contemporary and historical figurative sculptors
• An introduction to the safe use of equipment, materials and procedures and practice in the sculpture studio.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Have an understanding of major bones in the skeleton
• Have a basic understanding of muscle groups in the human form
• Make preparatory observational drawings ready for sculpture
• Demonstrate improved clay modelling skills towards finished sculpture
• Work independently & make aesthetic judgements to develop a self-expressed finished artwork
• Work safely with the materials, equipment and procedures of the subject.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be group demonstrations and plenty of 1:1 help. There will be the opportunity for small group evaluations and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are provided. No extra costs.
You should bring a sketchbook/notebook, pencil and camera.
Stout shoes must be worn in the Sculpture studio.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The sculpture department offers a programme of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced as well as learn a range of techniques. For example, we offer a number of courses that concentrate on modelling from the figure: VU963 Sculpt a portrait head in clay VR 789 Figurative Ceramics.
For exciting collaborative courses with the English National Ballet look out for codes VU986 and VU987 while the Build Sculpture course VU841 will help you to build an individual sculpture practice and exhibit your work. Please ask your tutor for advice or browse the Build website or prospectus for inspiration.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VU210

Thu, day, 02 May - 16 May '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £127.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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