The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School is unique. Founded by Tom Bass in 1974, it is Australia’s oldest and most respected institution dedicated to teaching sculpture in the classic atelier tradition.

Working in a large fully-equipped studio, students of all levels learn one-on-one from professional and dedicated sculptors in a friendly, creatively stimulating atmosphere.

Whether you’re sculpting in clay, stone, direct plaster, papier mache, wax or wire, you will be challenged and empowered to learn to ‘see’ and be inspired to develop your own creative expression. At TBSSS you’ll find yourself absorbed in another world apart from the everyday.

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“We teach you to see,
not merely to look.”

Tom Bass, 1916 – 2010

Course Overview


10 Weeks

Our 3 hour workshops are suitable for students of all skill levels, and aim to develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of creating sculpture.


Special Workshops

We offer a range of special workshops including one day and weekend courses, intensive courses or workshops over a few weeks. You can learn to carve stone, create sculptural ceramic works, work from the life study, plus much more…


Working from the Life Model

Working from a life model, this is an opportunity for the in-depth study of pose, exploring rhythm and expression of the human form. The Life Study runs at different times of the year, as short intensive workshops and extended terms. This class is suitable for intermediate and experienced students.


Term Dates 2024

Term 2: Tue 20 April – Wednesday 3 July

Sat 6th July: 50th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration

Term 3: Mon 22 July – Thu 26 September – bookings open in June

Sat 28th September: Annual Studio Exhibition 

Term 4: Mon 14 October – Thu 19 December