SCULPTURE UNLOCKED: The Portrait in Clay from Photographs

SCULPTURE UNLOCKED: The Portrait in Clay from Photographs


The course will run over three days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday and we'll be making a 3/4 scale portrait in clay - working from reference photos taken at a previous live session in the studio with our 'sitter'.

The course has been designed to provide a good balance between screen time and time working in your home or studio. The split week helps to mitigate 'zoom fatigue' - and provides an opportunity to either continue working or take a day's break.

This online sculpture workshop is best suited to those with a bit of experience - and you will need sufficient space, materials and equipment (listed below).

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 reference material provided in advance and during the course.

Live demonstrations and step by step guidance throughout.

Opportunities for group discussion and reviews.

An online gallery to share progress images of your work and to access course content and feedback.

What you will need

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


3 days (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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Live online course
Angie Heal - - #34636

I really enjoyed this course with Brook and my co-participants. Brook is an excellent teacher, who puts in much time and effort both in preparation and during course days. She delivers a very good mix of applying theory to practice, demonstration and teaching about other sculptors. Whilst it is clearly different to face to face courses, I really appreciate the benefits of online tuition. This includes being able to do things at your own pace, and the time and financial savings of not having to travel long distances and stay in accommodation. There is no rush to finish things in an allocated time, so I have repeatedly gone back to my sculpture over a number of months, before finishing it. I have enjoyed it and learned so much I will definitely be participating in Brook's other online courses this year too.

Response from Studio 27A:

Thanks so much, Angie - for your valuable feedback and for your rewarding engagement with the course. Its been a great pleasure working with you and I look forward to welcoming you back.

Best wishes, Brook

Live online course
Karin Hessenberg - - #34592

I participated in Brooks’s online Sculpture Portrait from Photographs in April. I found it excellent.
Brook had made very thorough preparation and provided us with useful preliminary exercises. By using the Padlet app, students were able to interact with one another as well as with Brook as our tutor. This was the best online substitute for a live studio experience.
Brooks’s comments as we proceeded through the course were thoughtful, helpful and constructive. Her demonstrations of her making methods were illuminating.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I learned a lot from it. I can highly recommend Brooks’s online courses.

Response from Studio 27A:

Thank you for the time and care you took to provide such detailed and positive feedback, Karin. I'm very grateful - it helps enormously with planning future courses. It was a real pleasure to work with you and I wish you every success with your sensitive and accomplished work.

Best wishes, Brook

Live online course
Steve - - #34544

Brook’s online course was really enjoyable and instructive. The course was well designed and thoughtfully structured to provide opportunities to work with others and also to get individualised feedback from Brook.
The course provided useful practical skills about how to work from photos and also an opportunity to think through the complexities of using 2D information to inform a sculpture.
I would highly recommend this course as a way to develop practice as a sculptor. Brook is an excellent tutor. It was great to have the opportunity to learn from her extensive knowledge and practical experience as a sculptor.

Response from Studio 27A:

Thank you for your positive feedback Steve, it’s very much appreciated. Your engagement with the content made for lively and rewarding conversation and I’m grateful for your contribution to the success of the course. I hope your sculpture practice continues to grow and develop.

Best wishes,

Live online course
Marian Rowling - - #34524

I really enjoyed this live online course with Brook as it introduced me to a new way of approaching portrait sculpting and how to use and work from photos. Being a live course with other students was great as there was time to work with Brook and also alone and then follow up with any questions you have.

Although no online experience could replace an in person course this is the second best way to study with a skilled sculptor and learn from their experience. I would highly recommend it for those wishing to advance their portrait skills and have the opportunity of benefitting from Brook's knowledge and feedback.

Response from Studio 27A:

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of the course, Marian, and for your kind and helpful comments - both during the sessions and in your feedback.

It was a real pleasure to have you on my inaugural online course and I wish you every success with your sculpture.

Best regards,

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