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Clay modelling - sculpt a classical portrait

'Zeus' sculpted by Zbigniew

About the Course

This course takes place over five Monday mornings.
Participants will sculpt a classical portrait, working from a plaster cast. There will be several casts to choose from.
This course is suitable for all levels. The cost is £125 excluding firing.
The course is taught by Zbigniew Rzucek, a professional sculptor.
Firing charges are extra depending on the size of the piece. The average charge is £10.

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What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment.
Tea, coffee and biscuits.
Free parking onsite and in the vicinity.


Sally Scholes at The Sculpture Place
Newhampton Arts Centre
Dunkley Street
West Midlands
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In-person course
- - #20734

I haven’t done any clay work since my school days nearly 40 years ago and so was a bit unsure of what to expect. However, Sally instantly made me feel very welcome and Miranda took an effective step by step approach for those of us with little or no experience. Likewise, those with far greater experience were given minimal but timely intervention if it was required and additional little tips to take things to a higher level.
All done in lovely surroundings and with a great model in Shanice, I really enjoyed all three days and ended up with a special piece of artwork. The number of people returning is a testament to everything that the courses provide and I would love to attend another in the future.

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- - #16262

I have completed 5 different courses run by Sally at the Sculpture Place and have enjoyed every single one. The courses have ranged from Monday mornings over a 6 week period and 3 day consecutive classes. The studio is light and airy and located in a beautiful Victorian former school building and Miranda who teaches the class is a fantastic tutor with lots of patience!
The class is mixed ability and attended by regulars and new faces each time; the atmosphere is friendly and everyone is supportive and encouraging.
I am so pleased the Sculpture Place is running, it has taken me 20 years to find a local figurative sculpture class with expert tuition at such good value. I encourage everybody to sign up to a course - I cannot wait until my next one. See you soon Sally and Miranda!

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- - #16101

I attended a 3 day course during which we fashioned a bust of a model. The old grammer school it is held in has a lovely artistic atmosphere. I had never worked with clay, but with excellent teaching and good company I had a lovely time, and produced my own mini “Epstein”! It was a great thing to do as an alternative break

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- - #15977

An excellent workshop for any level of student. There are numerous tips to pick up, not just the tools and processes involved in sculpting. Having a tutor like Miranda helped to point out lots of insightful observations of the structure of the face and the small differences in form, which describe an individual face. I have come away knowing a lot more about the contours of the face and also the facial areas I have to work on in the future.
Miranda was very supportive and flexible in her approach to everyone. Her comments were always instructive and never critical, welcoming different working styles.
The sculpting room was comfortable and produced a lovely working and relaxed atmosphere between everyone.

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- - #15976

I attended a 3day portrait workshop working in clay from a live model. Very good facilities & equipment, nice light room, friendly group & excellent tuition. I would thoroughly recommend the Sculpture Place to anyone keen to develop their sculpting. The Newhampton Art Centre is well located with easy walking distance from Wolverhampton station & town centre. Anne

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- - #15972

This course appealed to me as I wanted to learn how to sculpt a face so I can apply the techniques to cake making. I have learnt how to use clay (which I was a complete novice to), use of tools, how to look for lines to help build the model, the importance of muscles in getting the correct shapes and many more techniques. Miranda Wakeman is a brilliant tutor who instructs you through every stage and pointing out areas that need 'tweeking' so you come away with a life size facial sculpture. I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 days at this site, the room was very airy and comfortable, parking is available and the hours passed quickly. I would highly recommend this course and are confident you will not be disappointed with the result, many thanks to Sally who organises everything.

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