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.

Modelling From Life in Clay with Monika Scarrabelotti

Monday EVE,17 June – 1 July (3 Weeks), 6 – 9pm

$250.30 (Earlybird)
$280.30 (General)

Join artist and teacher Monika Scarrabelotti for this Monday night workshop modelling from life in clay.  Perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike, this course is designed as a casual approach to regular modelling, like life drawing, where the aim focuses on improving your practice rather than completing a single “masterpiece”.

Each Monday night will feature a different model and pose, offering the opportunity to work on a series of small scale “studies” that can be completed within the three hour class-time.

Guided by Monika, participants will develop skills in understanding sculptural fundamentals such as form, balance, structure and proportion.  Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various sculptural techniques and styles in each class.

Class structure:  Classes run from 6 – 9pm, please arrive 5 minutes before class to allow for a prompt start.  There will be a 15 minute tea break halfway through each class.  Please feel free to bring any snacks you may want for yourself or to share.  The studio provides tea, coffee and milk.

Classes will feature a different model and different pose (or various short poses) and a small amount of life drawing to warm up before working in clay.  Participants will be guided and encouraged to experiment with various styles and techniques in each class.

This workshop is intended to develop skills and experience, rather than completing a polished artwork.  Each study will be completed in raw clay with no armature; those wishing to cast sculptures or prepare for firing can do so by enrolling in our open workshop classes.  Materials and tools will be provided; a wooden board or box is recommended to bring sculptures home at the end of class/end of course.  Included in the course fee is one 10kg bag of clay, more clay will be available for purchase if required. Participants with their own tools are encouraged to bring them along.

*Early Bird discount available until 3 June 2024.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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¾ Life-size Torso Sculpture Workshop with Georgina Mills: AM Workshop

Tuesday 16 July – Saturday 20 July
Tue – Fri: 10am – 2pm
Sat: 10am – 3pm

$710.30* (Earlybird)
$790.30 (General)

This is an intensive workshop that aims at improving student’s observational skills, sculpture techniques and knowledge of human anatomy and form. This course is specifically designed to introduce students to sculptural methods that help simplify the complexities of the human figure.

Over the course students will sculpt from life a ¾ life-size torso with water-based clay. Group lessons and daily individual critiques will help to guide them through this process. Students will then prepare their sculpture to kiln fired locally at their convenience. Students are to be aware that the kiln firing process can be unpredictable in results and the main goal of the workshop is learning how to improve their sculpting from life skills.

Students can expect 13 hours model time. Only 8 places available for this special workshop.

About Georgina Mills:

Georgina is sculptor whose practice explores the human condition through the representation of the figure. She has trained in contemporary sculpture locally at the Adelaide College of the Arts and Figurative Sculpture, internationally at The Florence Academy of Art, Italy.  At The FAA Georgina was awarded winter and spring scholarships (2017), Outstanding Performance in Écorché Sculpture (2017), Best Écorché Sculpture (2018) and the Forth Year Sculpture Residency (2019). Upon which she then became the assistant teacher in the Écorché for the 2019-20 academic year.

Her work was been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and resides in collections over the world.  Some of Georgina’s proudest exhibitions of to date include European Museum of Modern Art; Barcelona (2019); Florence Academy of Art Faculty Show, Florence (2019); Tom Bass Prize, Sydney (2020, 2022); Sheltering with Art, Florence Academy of Art Faculty Exhibition, Online (2020); The Main gallery, Adelaide (2021); The David Roche Foundation House Museum, Adelaide (2022) and as an online finalist in the Arts Renewal Centre Salon, America, 2019.

*Early Bird discount available until 16 June 2024.

This workshop is SOLD OUT. You can join the waitlist by emailing admin@tbsss.org.au.

Alternatively there are also places available in the PM Workshop.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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¾ Life-size Torso Sculpture Workshop with Georgina Mills: PM Workshop

Tuesday 16 July – Saturday 20 July
Tue – Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat: 4pm – 9pm

$710.30* (Earlybird)
$790.30 (General)

This is an intensive workshop that aims at improving student’s observational skills, sculpture techniques and knowledge of human anatomy and form. This course is specifically designed to introduce students to sculptural methods that help simplify the complexities of the human figure.

Over the course students will sculpt from life a ¾ life-size torso with water-based clay. Group lessons and daily individual critiques will help to guide them through this process. Students will then prepare their sculpture to kiln fired locally at their convenience. Students are to be aware that the kiln firing process can be unpredictable in results and the main goal of the workshop is learning how to improve their sculpting from life skills.

Students can expect 13 hours model time. Only 8 places available for this special workshop.

About Georgina Mills:

Georgina is sculptor whose practice explores the human condition through the representation of the figure. She has trained in contemporary sculpture locally at the Adelaide College of the Arts and Figurative Sculpture, internationally at The Florence Academy of Art, Italy.  At The FAA Georgina was awarded winter and spring scholarships (2017), Outstanding Performance in Écorché Sculpture (2017), Best Écorché Sculpture (2018) and the Forth Year Sculpture Residency (2019). Upon which she then became the assistant teacher in the Écorché for the 2019-20 academic year.

Her work was been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and resides in collections over the world.  Some of Georgina’s proudest exhibitions of to date include European Museum of Modern Art; Barcelona (2019); Florence Academy of Art Faculty Show, Florence (2019); Tom Bass Prize, Sydney (2020, 2022); Sheltering with Art, Florence Academy of Art Faculty Exhibition, Online (2020); The Main gallery, Adelaide (2021); The David Roche Foundation House Museum, Adelaide (2022) and as an online finalist in the Arts Renewal Centre Salon, America, 2019.

*Early Bird discount available until 16 June 2024.

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Stone Carving with Elena Murgia

Tuesdays: 23 July – 20 August
(5 weeks)
Week 1: 9:30am – 1pm
Week 2, 3, 4, 5: 10am – 1pm

$310.30 (Earlybird)
$345.30 (General)

This brief course will help students undertake the basic techniques of carving. Learn how to remove step by step the material that is surrounding a sculpture, starting from unveiling the basic volumes connected together in harmonious composition and the beginnings of the finishing process where time permits.

Carving is a magical process that pursues the soothing of the soul and detaches ourselves from the modern chaotic life. It’s a way to connect to nature and it informs a sense of space, training the eye and the mind to see in depth!

Alabaster stone will be available to purchase at an additional cost to the course fee. Elena will have a good selection of stones to choose from which are best suited for this 5 week course.

Students are also welcome to bring work in progress stone sculptures, including marble works you may be currently working on. Elena can guide you in the next steps of your stone carvings.

Please note that for the first week, please arrive at 9:30am, this will allow 30 mins of time to browse and choose your piece/s of stone.

About Elena:
Elena Murgia is an Italian born artist. After studying ceramics in London, her sculpting journey started at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School in 2017.

She undertook marble carving classes under the guidance of Usama Alnassar who continues to mentor her.  Elena has also been mentored and trained by TBSSS teacher Wendy Black, whom Elena continues to assist on a Wednesday during term time.

Elena participates in national prizes and group exhibitions around the country and had her first solo exhibition in December 2023 at the Clara Street Gallery showcasing works in marble, alabaster, bronze and porcelain.

Through her sculpture she explores the dichotomy between quality and image, inner beauty and the masks we wear to conform to the world, responding to both feminine and the feminist, her past and her present.

*Early bird discount ends midnight 2 July.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Modelling from Life: the Full Figure with Monika Scarrabelotti

Fridays: 26 July – 6 September 2024 (7 weeks)

$695.30 (Earlybird)
$770.30 (General)

Learn the principles 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 life model 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.

The first class of this course will feature various poses from the model, allowing participants to create “sketches” in clay.  By the second lesson we will settle into a long pose to be worked on for the remaining six weeks.  In order to have optimal time with a model, this course will not include mould making and casting. The course is intended as an intensive life study, not to complete a finished “masterpiece”.  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.

*Early Bird discount finishes 5 July.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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