Special Workshops

We run special workshops throughout the year, including: Winter and Summer Holiday Schools, Sculpture in a Day Courses, as well as one off workshops with visiting artists.

If you have any questions or are an Artist and would like to propose a workshop, please contact the Studio.

Upcoming Workshops:

Ice Sculpture with guest teacher Anne Marie Taberdo

Saturday 26 June 2021


Back by popular demand…the ultimate winter experience!

Anne Marie Taberdo is a practitioner of the ephemeral art of ice sculpting. Working internationally with both natural and manufactured ice to create large-scale ice exhibitions from Alaska to Germany, ice musical instruments in Norway and event pieces in Sydney, she is accustomed to the many intricacies of the material in various environments.

In this one-of-a-kind TBSSS workshop, Anne Marie will guide and develop your understanding of working with an ever-changing material. You will work against time using various carving techniques with chisels and other ice adapted hand tools on your own block of crystal clear ice. By the end of the workshop you will have experienced one of the most unique ephemeral sculpting materials that has been sculpted and built with for centuries – but don’t forget to photograph it!

All materials supplied (ice, tools, gloves and waterproof apron). Places limited.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Figurative Sculpture in Clay with Ingrid Morley

Saturday 3 July 2021


Working directly in clay from a life model, students explore the body’s three-dimensional shape using the fundamental principles of sculpture – how to observe form and obtain structural integrity.

After initial warm up exercises, students touch on central aspects of classical figurative sculpture to further their individual investigations – proportion, composition, rhythm, negative space, weights and balances and the influence of light. 

Students will learn the technical aspects of working with clay – texture and tools and methods of finishing a work in clay will be discussed.

The course is designed for beginners to advanced students. Numbers are limited.

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM



Sculpture in a Day: Soapstone Carving with Karen Alexander

Sunday 18 July 2021

$190.30 or book with a friend $340.30 ($170.15 each)

Create a small finished soapstone sculpture in this one day workshop. Soapstone is a soft easily carved stone with beautiful patterns and available in a variety of colours. You will be shown how to use rasps and files to reveal the hidden organic shapes and forms within. The final polishing is always a wonderful surprise as that reveals the beautiful colours and texture hidden within the stone.

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


$190.30* – $340.30

Life Study, Term 3 – 2021: Modelling from Life, An Anatomical Focus with Monika Scarrabelotti

7 Tuesdays: 27 July – 7 September 2021

$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.

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM


$670.30* – $745.30

The Figure and Space with Ingrid Morley

4 Day Intensive: Mon 27 – Thu 30 September

Work with a live model with a geometric shape ( circle, triangle or similar) to consider the body in relation to space. The figure and these shapes can be broadly interpreted from the classics or as a platform for more conceptual considerations.

With an emphasis on play, working in wax, find a creative pathway to juxtapose the human form in conjunction with an inanimate object – exploring the contradictions and conjunctions between these two entities. Enhance your work in wax with the following possibilities; visual tension, negative space, scale, proportion and balance. Take home a small work in wax or cast your work in bronze. Casting costs TBC.

Bookings for this Life Study will open in July, 2021. To register your interest or to find out more, please email admin@tbsss.org.au

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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Life Study, Term 4 – 2021: Portrait Head and Hand Composition with Jenny Pollak

9 week course, Sundays: 10 Oct – 5 Dec

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.

Bookings for this Life Study will open in August, 2021. To register your interest or to find out more, please email admin@tbsss.org.au

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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