Due to the current lockdown measures affecting Greater Sydney, TBSSS remains temporarily closed and we do not have a reopening date yet.  If you are an enrolled student in Term 3/4 classes or any scheduled Special Workshops you will have received email contact from us regarding your booking.

While we hope to be able to open for part of Term 4, we also recognise that the Premier has advised that the lockdown may need to be extended even further.  We are monitoring the situation and the State Government advice, and will continue to advise our community accordingly.

Our office staff are currently working remotely and the office and phone will be unattended. If you have any enquiries, please email admin@tbsss.org.au.

Term Dates 2021

Term 4: Dates TBC


Our workshop classes run for ten weeks with students attending a three-hour workshop at their preferred time. You can start on any term throughout the year. These workshops are for all skill levels and aim to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of creating sculpture in a range of media. Those new to sculpture will learn alongside other students and are offered a structured, 10-week program learning the basics of clay modelling, plaster-casting and colouring to produce their own finished sculpture. More advanced students will develop their techniques and are encouraged to drive their own projects with the guidance of their teacher. Everyone is invited to encounter a unique artistic experience in an inspiring studio space!

Due to the temporary closure outlined above and uncertainty regarding re-opening dates, all further bookings for Term 4 have been suspended.

Term Fees
Earlybird: $575.00
General: $620.00
(For Life Study fees please scroll down below.)

Life Study

Full Life Study Program for 2021:
September Holiday Intensive: The Figure and Space with Ingrid Morley, click here for more informations and bookings.
Term 4 Tuesdays – RESCHEDULED FROM TERM 3: Modelling from Life, An Anatomical Focus with Monika Scarrabelotti (see below)
Term 4 Sundays: Portrait Head and Hand Composition with Jenny Pollak (see below)

Modelling from Life, An Anatomical Focus with Monika Scarrabelotti
Tuesdays 19th October – 30th November (7 weeks) 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Fees: $670.30 (Earlybird); $745.30 (General)

Learn the principals of modelling the figure in clay! Designed to develop the student’s understanding of the form and structure of the human body, this course will be an intensive life study focusing on human anatomy and observation.

Working from a model in a standing pose for seven weeks, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of anatomy, the rhythms and movable masses of the body, proportion and language of sculptural form. Students will develop skills in armature building, clay modelling and training of the observational eye. In order to have optimal time with a model, this course is intended as an intensive life study only, not to complete a finished sculpture.

Students who would like to translate their work into a cast can do so by enrolling in a workshop class at the Tom Bass Studio. Suitable for beginners through to advanced levels, this course will teach the foundations of the classical figure in sculpture.

Book here.

Term 4 Sundays 
Portrait Head and Hand Composition with Jenny Pollak
Sundays 10th October – 5th December (9 weeks) 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Fees: $785.30 (Earlybird); $875.30 (General)

This course is an opportunity to model both the head and the hand in a single study. The portrait bust is a common sculptural form used by artists over the centuries. Not quite as common are head studies that incorporate a close connection to the hands. This class will offer the opportunity to develop a portrait in which the hands are an integral part of the sculpture and essential in conveying the feeling of the work (it would be hard to imagine Rodin’s Thinker (pictured) without the great hand on which the head rests).


Jenny will guide both the beginner and the more experienced artist through the process involved in working with clay from the life model. Students will be encouraged to push their work beyond a merely faithful representation of the body and develop a more personal language and means of expression.

During this 9 week course students will have time to bring their work to a point where it is ready to be fired, exploiting the facility and beauty of clay as a material that can be transformed from the raw and impermanent to a final and enduring sculptural piece.

Book here.


Fees include GST as well as all basic materials (except stone) and model fees. Classes are small – minimum 6 students, maximum 12. We reserve the right to cancel a class if student enrolments are below 6.

Missed classes must be made up within the term. A cancellation fee will apply for cancelled classes.

Once a student is enrolled, refunds will not be given under any circumstances. Enrolment Conditions specified in our info pack.

Additional single casual workshop class: $70 per session. Please call the Studio to book.


*Early Bird rates are available until three weeks before the start of each term.

Book for two term workshop classes during one term for a reduced rate, please call the office.

A further 10% discount is available for local residents on low income.

There is a 50% youth discount for students 25 years or younger with an keen interest in artistic practice. Click here for more info.

^A payment plan is available for the Life Study Course, please call the Studio for more information.

Age Restrictions

Students 18 years and older are eligible to enrol. We cannot accept enrolments for anyone under the age of 18.