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:

5 Day Summer Life Study with Wendy Black

Monday 4 Jan – Friday 8 Jan 2021

The life study was the foundation of Tom Bass’ teaching. He believed it was an invaluable class as it was the best way to learn about form. Utilising time with the life model and studying the body offers endless variations of form and helps build a mental library on which to draw and be inspired.

This is an opportunity to observe and model the human figure in clay over 5 days. Under the guidance of Wendy Black, participants will begin by drawing and finding the pose, the rest of the time will be spent closely observing the shapes and forms that constitute the body.

Casting will not be part of this workshop, if you wish to cast at a later stage, which can be done during an open term workshop. Alternatively, you can dismantle and use your clay again for another sculpture, or you can take your study home with you.

Fees include: GST, 5 days access to a life model and materials. Students must bring their own board to work on (details given on enrolment).

Early Bird: $575.30 Full: $640.30

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


$575.30* – $640.30

5 Day Summer Open Workshop with Monika Scarrabelotti

Mon 11 Jan – Fri 15 Jan 2021

This summer join us for an intensive 5 days of making sculpture. This is an open workshop class which will be run by TBSSS teacher Monika Scarrabelotti. This workshop is for all skill levels. Students have the chance to work on any project they choose and in the media of their choosing. This may include – stone carving (alabaster, soapstone, limestone), direct plaster, wire, clay modelling, mold making and casting or a ceramic work (to be fired offsite and organised by yourself).

It may be a new project or it could be a sculpture that you are already working on. These 5 days are a wonderful chance to have uninterrupted Studio time over the summer! Places are limited and a short online mentoring session is available with Monika before the workshop to talk about your ideas / project.

Early Bird: $450.30, Full: $500.30

Fees include GST and all materials – except stone, which can be purchased at the Studio.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


$450.30* – $500.30

Summer Alabaster Carving with Carol Crawford and Wendy Black

Tue 19, Wed 20, Thu 21 Jan 2021

A special opportunity to immerse yourself and learn from two teachers this January, whilst carving beautiful Italian alabaster stone!
Popular guest teacher Carol Crawford, a specialist alabaster sculptor who works almost exclusively in alabaster and who is known for her soft sensuous forms, will be joined by fellow sculptor, teacher and alabaster carver Wendy Black. Together, they will guide you on the use of different hand tools, and how to realise a beautiful form out of the rough stone you have chosen.

Alabaster is a very fine, stable beautiful stone that can be easily carved, it can be translucent or opaque white, salmon orange, yellow or green or a combination. For this workshop you will be working with beautiful white alabaster (translucent and opaque) shipped all the way from Italy. This is an opportunity to work on a larger piece of alabaster stone than our previous alabaster workshops. Each student will receive a 4 – 5kg piece of stone to work with.

This is a workshop not to be missed! Places are strictly limited and early bookings are encouraged for this popular course.

$525.30* (earlybird) – $585.30

Fees include one piece of stone, chisels, files and finishing material will be supplied for use during the workshop. Additional stone will be available for purchase.

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Fully booked

$525.30* – $585.30