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:

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

9 Sundays: 10 October – 5 December 2021

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.

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM


$785.30* – $875.30

Life Study, Term 4 Tuesdays – 2021: Modelling from Life, An Anatomical Focus with Monika Scarrabelotti

7 Tuesdays: 19 October – 30 November 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.


$670.30* – $745.30