Portrait sculpture is a wonderfully absorbing and intense experience. You will focus on translating your vision into the clay. Using a process-based technique you will learn to take measurements from a model and begin to construct a 3 dimensional head out of clay. Through controlled observation you will explore elements of the human anatomy to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying construction of the human form. You will consider both aesthetic and systematic approaches to modelling and manipulating with clay as you strengthen your skills in accuracy and proportion.
You will have created your own carefully observed and lifelike portrait sculpture from clay. You will have developed your anatomical knowledge and gained confidence and in applying your observational skills to the processes of portrait sculpture.
Who Should Attend
Anyone wishing to improve their observational skills, whether you are working professionally in a related field; or, looking to enhance your portfolio to pursue studies or a career within sculpture, special effects or the performing arts.
The class is open to all levels as I will dedicate time to each student.
Tools, tea-coffee and biscuits are provided just bring yourself!
We will have an hour lunch, you can go to the exciting Brixton market, or bring a pack lunch!
The final product will be a wet clay sculpture. You can take beautiful pictures of your work but it will be impossible to take the clay home with you as it is not a finished piece but just the first stage of a sculpture.
As the time is limited and it is important to concentrate on learning the process technique of sculpting I do not include moulding and casting lessons in the classes, however should you wish to have the piece moulded and cast I can refer you to a professional who will do it for you.
Please ask in advance should you be interested.
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, The Figurative Sculpture School
The classes are taught by Livia Turco a classical figurative Italian sculptor, trained in the classical Arts since the age of 14, her studies based on the human anatomy, history of arts, life drawing and Modelling. Moved in 2000 to London where she furthered her studies under the tutelage of Allan Sly at Wimbledon School of Arts, now University of the Arts London. Since graduation, she has been working for Madame Tussauds to the present time, as body and head portrait sculptor, where the knowledge of anatomy and great observation skills are required. She also tutor the Madame Tussauds junior sculptors in her studio.
She is working on public sculptures, mostly in America, private commissions and various film productions. In 2015, started working along side Allan Sly at University of the Arts London teaching at the Technical Arts and Special Effects course.
Since the Academic year 2016-17 she is leading the sculpture projects at the Technical Arts and Special Effect course.
Here Livia developed a great passion for teaching and opened her atelier to students, to share her passion.
Bring an apron or an old shirt, clay washes off easily but you might wish to protect your clothes.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.