Memory and Invention: an imaginative approach to the portrait in clay



This three-day course takes place on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. The split week helps to mitigate 'zoom fatigue' - and provides an opportunity to either continue working or take a day's break on Tuesday and Thursday.

This course would suit those who have some previous experience and wish to pursue their own imaginative portrait projects alongside others. We'll be making a portrait in clay working from memory, imagination and a variety of two dimensional sources - such as photos and film stills, literature, myth, and allegory.

But experimental working needs to be anchored by sound methodology. The course will draw on the fundamentals of observation, measurement, and anatomy, to help you make a convincing portrait in clay – wherever your imagination might take you.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Comprehensive course notes will be provided well in advance to assist with preparation.

Live demonstrations and step by step guidance will be offered throughout.

Opportunities for group discussion and reviews form an integral part of working online alongside others.

An online gallery enables participants to share progress images of their work and to access course content and feedback.

What you will need

Firstly, you’ll need to set aside some time to get ready for working from your home or studio.

A suitable space and surface for comfortable working – ideally a proper rotating sculpture stand.

Callipers for measuring.

Small wooden clay modelling tools.

An armature.

Minimum 10Kg water-based, ordinary grey clay or other preferred modelling clay.

A spray bottle for moistening your work.

Access to water.

A supply of single layer corrugated cardboard (like a wafer with the corrugation sandwiched in the middle) or equivalent discarded packaging.

Scissors for cutting cardboard.

A small utility kitchen knife for marking out your clay work.

A replica skull and/or anatomy book would be very desirable, but you can access this information digitally if necessary.


Brook Hobbins at Studio 27A

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users


18 hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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