The Figurative Sculpture School undefined classes in London
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The Figurative Sculpture School

23 reviews
23 reviews

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 atelier.

She has also worked for different artist 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.

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Sasha
28 Feb
This is such a fantastic weekend course !! It was super intense and I learnt a hell of a lot, nothing beats sculpting from a live model and producing a fresh sketch of their figure. I walked away with a terracotta torso which I've hollowed out and is now ready to be fired in the kiln,. Such a unique piece of work!
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Tabitha
22 Feb
This course was INCREDIBLE- highlight of the year. Livia is so talented and has teaching skills to help any ability. She took our class of sculptors and taught us SO much. I am sure this course will benefit my sculpting career and grow my knowledge of anatomy but more importantly it has reignited my love for sculpture. Livia teaches with such passion you cannot help but come away refreshed and revived. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in sculpture whether as a hobbyist or as an experienced professional Livia will have much to teach you.
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Sasha
28 Feb
I've learnt so much from Livia. She's able to quickly identify where you are going wrong with a sculpture and give perceptive advice which puts you back on the right track. This efficiency means you are able to achieve a lot in a session. Her knowledge of anatomy is extensive and she is always right! Being a former Madame Tussauds sculptor, she's able to cater for all abilities and tutor you right up to hyper realism if thats what you're aiming for, so even very experienced sculptors can learn a hell of a lot from her. Her classes are always fun and relaxed, but focused, you are there to learn!I would love to be a sculptor one day and this course has dramatically improved my anatomical knowledge!
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Sam
22 Feb
ruly an irreplaceable tutor. Livia has taught me so much in the short time I've spent with her. In three short projects, I feel confident enough to carry on sculpting. Unfortunately I no longer have Livia as a tutor and am very envious of previous students that were given access to her wealth of knowledge throughout their degree. Livia forms an instant bond with her students and creates a humorous atmosphere but somehow maintains an environment, where teaching and education prevail. I hope I stay in contact with Livia and am very thankful for all that she has taught me.

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Sasha
28 Feb
This is such a fantastic weekend course !! It was super intense and I learnt a hell of a lot, nothing beats sculpting from a live model and producing a fresh sketch of their figure. I walked away with a terracotta torso which I've hollowed out and is now ready to be fired in the kiln,. Such a unique piece of work!
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Tabitha
22 Feb
This course was INCREDIBLE- highlight of the year. Livia is so talented and has teaching skills to help any ability. She took our class of sculptors and taught us SO much. I am sure this course will benefit my sculpting career and grow my knowledge of anatomy but more importantly it has reignited my love for sculpture. Livia teaches with such passion you cannot help but come away refreshed and revived. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in sculpture whether as a hobbyist or as an experienced professional Livia will have much to teach you.
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Sasha
28 Feb
I've learnt so much from Livia. She's able to quickly identify where you are going wrong with a sculpture and give perceptive advice which puts you back on the right track. This efficiency means you are able to achieve a lot in a session. Her knowledge of anatomy is extensive and she is always right! Being a former Madame Tussauds sculptor, she's able to cater for all abilities and tutor you right up to hyper realism if thats what you're aiming for, so even very experienced sculptors can learn a hell of a lot from her. Her classes are always fun and relaxed, but focused, you are there to learn!I would love to be a sculptor one day and this course has dramatically improved my anatomical knowledge!
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Sam
22 Feb
ruly an irreplaceable tutor. Livia has taught me so much in the short time I've spent with her. In three short projects, I feel confident enough to carry on sculpting. Unfortunately I no longer have Livia as a tutor and am very envious of previous students that were given access to her wealth of knowledge throughout their degree. Livia forms an instant bond with her students and creates a humorous atmosphere but somehow maintains an environment, where teaching and education prevail. I hope I stay in contact with Livia and am very thankful for all that she has taught me.
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Anonymous
22 Feb
Thank you Livia for a wonderful class! Such a lovely environment to sculpt in, very welcoming and encouraging with an excellent teacher and model! I loved picking up invaluable hints and tips from Livia's vast experience and knowledge, which helped me to get my head around all the processes and pitfalls of creating a true likeness in a portrait. Such an engaging and satisfying experience, I highly recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in sculpture, professional or beginner. I will certainly be doing more.Ps. She makes a wicked chocolate cake :)
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Brian
24 Feb
This was a fantastic introduction to sculpting for me. The class was the right size and included a range of talent and Livia was excellent in tailoring her approach to each student. She taught well and I learned some excellent technique. Time seemed to fly by. Would I go again? - Absolutely!
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Anonymous
4 May
Livia is such a brilliant teacher and I left on Sunday feeling like I'd achieved a lot in the two days and really improved my sculpting! A really fun and challenging weekend and I will definitely be booking another class soon!!
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Anonymous
22 Feb
Such a great evening at the Figurative Sculpture School. I’ve never sculpted before but am very interested in exploring my creative side a bit more, so signed up for this without really knowing what to expect. I’m so glad I did! We modelled a little bit of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ (I got the nose!)... the amount of thought and creativity that goes into sculpting a nose is very surprising! Livia is a wonderful tutor, she gives you just the right amount of information to get you going and helps you all the way through, but you really feel like you’re doing it all for yourself. I’d heartily recommend!
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Edmund
28 Feb
What a great time I had with Livia. I have no sculpture experience and she was kind and patient with me. I really really enjoyed my class and would highly recommend it.A fantastic experience and one of the best things I have done in London.
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Jess
26 Mar
As an absolute novice in clay sculpture, I was looking forward to an opportunity to play and experiment above all else - taking home a decent sculpture being only a bonus. I wasn't disappointed; it was an informal, friendly class, where I was given all the freedom I wanted to smoosh around the clay as I wished. Livia stepped in a few times to suggest ways to improve my work, and with the most simple swipes of her thumb, she demonstrated her extensive knowledge and talent as a sculptor. I recommend the class to those who are curious about clay sculpture, because I'm certain it will only increase your curiosity, and provide an excellent starting point for you! - Jess
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Anonymous
24 Feb
Coming from a glass art background, I have the privilege to be taught sculpture to a extremely high level, this includes the attention and support from a fantastic and well experienced tutor, Livia Turco. I enjoy the class and I have been encouraged to push the boundaries and look at my work in a totally different way. The venue is relaxing and very private, I am inspired and look forward to every lesson with Livia. The space maybe small, however the relationship with the students working in the space is wonderful and supportive. Livia continue the love and support you give to all of your students. Thank you so much
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JAYNE
28 Feb
A GREAT introduction to sculpture which isn't just one evening. The longer course allowed me to get to grips with sculpting techniques and pace myself. You do learn more from trial and error and you get more practice. You don't feel rushed until the last day. Finished or not it's still a great sense of accomplishment. I chose not to pay for the bust to be fired and glazed because I felt it wasn't something I wanted to keep - what am I going to do with with a huge Roman bust? It's solid clay so it was also very heavy. It was great to have the option. Livia is an absolutely wonderful tutor. Very patient, very experienced, kind and encouraging. She has a wealth of knowledge and if you are struggling to correct something she will tell you how to better approach fixing it, or if you are frustrated then she will do it with you. She's always watching and giving you tips and pointers.
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Lara
22 Feb
As a returner to life modelling after a long break,this was a perfect class to re connect. Livia is a great teacher,knowledgeable, direct and encouraging. The class was small so each student got plenty of attention during 2 days. It was an intensive and productive course that I would recommend to anyone wishing to study the figure in more depth. Really looking forward to future courses that I plan to attend.
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K
9 Sep
Absolutely fantastic workshop. Livia is an amazing sculptor and passionate about teaching and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of the two days. She picks students up at the level they are at and since the classes are small, she is able to give lots of one-to-one attention to every student. Livia is also an incredibly likeable person, who creates a fun and focused learning environment. I loved every minute of the workshop and can't wait to do more classes with her!!
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Anonymous
22 Feb
Livia is an exceptional tutor, spending 12hrs working at her weekend class on a portrait was great fun and I absorbed her knowledge on sculpture! Was happy with the result at the end of the class!
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Francois
23 Feb
I was feeling nervous before the weekend course as I had never done sculpting or worked with clay before. From the first minutes of the course, Livia made each of us feel comfortable and settled a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. She had very precise advice and valuable tips that allow each of us to progress with our portrait. It was fun but also an "eye opener"...literally... as the observation tips that Livia gave us made me realise that seeing volume, shapes, lines is an active process. I would recommend this course to anyone : I learnt new skills, I met nice people, I had some delicious homemade cake, .... Overall a very well spent weekend.
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David
22 Feb
I had a fantastic evening at the Figurative school. Not only I learnt a few tricks about sculpture but I also enjoyed playing with clay and trying to make something from scratch. I would definitely recommend it .
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Edmund
24 Feb
What a great time I had with Livia. I have no sculpture experience and she was kind and patient with me. I really really enjoyed my class and would highly recommend it. A fantastic experience and one of the best things I have done in London.
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Ted
27 Feb
Superb course ! Would highly recommend it to anyone serious about figurative sculpture. Livia is a very talented sculptor and teacher. The atmosphere is friendly but businesslike. Caters for a variety of skill levels. A wonderful experience where you learn allot. Good fun and very worthwhile.
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Anonymous
27 Feb
Livia has so much passion and knowledge of sculpting the human body to pass on. Great course, great teacher.I’ve learnt so muchCan’t wait to attend more classes
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Anonymous
4 Mar
I have had the pleasure of being taught by Livia for the past year. I created a life size figure in a fairly difficult pose. It was my first life size figure after only having created a half life torso, also taught by Livia. I would not have been able to have improved and developed my sculpting abilities without the sensitivity and understanding of Livia. She is incredibly knowledgable, making sure her students have a basic understanding of anatomy to develop whilst sculpting. Livia works with the individual, adapting her teaching to the style of the student, which helps students learn and develop at a faster rate. I could not have asked for a better or more qualified tutor to help me through my final year of my degree.
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Anonymous
31 Mar
This my second course with Livia. Very good ! Highly recommend it. Freindly but demanding, a real must for anyone seriously interested in figurative sculpture. Livia is a fabulous teacher. Brilliant course !
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Hannah
15 Apr
An amazing course by a talented inspiring teacher. I took the week long half lifesize figure sculpting course with Livia and can feel the benefits in my sculpting already. Livia can quickly identify areas you need to work on and help you resolve them. Livia has really got the balance right of allowing you to get on and sculpt and stepping in to critic. I would really recommend this course if you want to improve your sculpting skills as well as your anatomical knowledge.