Without cameras or photographic image we have been dependant on looking through the artist’s eyes to view historical figures from the past.

We have inherited our insight and glimpsed images of long ago faces from rags to riches based primarily on an artists interpretation and the story they wish to tell us. 

This course aims to explore how the face has been portrayed and the many styles used by artists. From Gainsborough to Modigliani we will delve into history to inspire our own head sculptures. We will explore the proportions of the head and learn simple sculpting techniques so that all participants will achieve their own small scale portrait sculpture.

You do not require  experience to access this course just curiosity and a desire to sculpt in clay.

To support and explore ideas the course will show you how to develop a sketch book. This may take the form of a scrapbook or drawing.

With gentle and supportive guidance the aim is to have fun and learn few skills along the way!


Outline of course.

·         Week 1: An introduction to portraits throughout history, how to develop a sketchbook, proportions of the head.

·         Week 2: Start to construct the basic head shape and continue to develop and explore ideas to inspire sculpture.

·         Week 3: Introduce techniques to shape face and sculpt features ,continue to develop ideas and  investigate a variety of facial features.

·         Week 4: Develop specific sculpting techniques for ornamentation , discover other portrait artists.

·         Week 5: Completion of sculpture smoothing and refining techniques.




Tutor: Julie Fowler
Date & Time: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Ceramics Studio, New Brewery Arts
REF: SC65-19
PRICE: £120.00 (£0.00 VAT)

Suitable for beginners.

What you will need:
You are welcome to bring your own materials but New Brewery Arts will provide the essential equipment. 

First Class: Mon 14th January
Last Class: Mon 11th February


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