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:

3 Day Limestone Carving with Paul Hopmeier

13, 14, 15 April 2021

Learn the skills needed to carve your own unique sculpture in limestone. Guest teacher Paul Hopmeier is an established sculptor and artist and brings his wealth of knowledge to this popular workshop. Enjoy carving in a group atmosphere, beginners to advanced welcome. Fee includes stone.

$420.30* (earlybird) – $460.30

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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$415.30* – $460.30

Life Study, Term 2 – 2021: Double Figure Life Study with Jenny Pollak

9 week course, Sundays: 25 Apr – 20 Jun

The relationship between 2 figures can give us a unique insight into the abstract possibilities of space and form. This workshop will encourage the student to look for new and interesting solutions to the challenges of depicting the complexity of 2 bodies in relationship to each other, bringing a fresh eye to the exploration of rhythm, negative space, mass and balance.

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.

$810.30* (earlybird) – $895.30

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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$810.30* – $895.30

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

7 week course, Tuesdays: 13 Aug – 24 Sep

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.

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

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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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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