Carving & Modelling Courses

Get inspired by City Lit’s sculpture courses in the techniques of carving and modelling, which take place in our purpose built, well-equipped sculpture studio in the heart of London. On our carving courses, you will transform a piece of wood or stone into your 3-Dimential design, exploring the characteristics of each material. Our sculpture modelling courses include working in a wide range of materials including clay, wax, plaster and papier mâché.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner who wants to refresh or develop their skills and knowledge, our courses give you the opportunity to take your work to the next level. Our hands-on courses are taught by specialist tutors whose teaching is enriched by their own artistic practice. You will be fully supported through practical demonstrations to the group and one-to-one guidance, in a friendly and highly creative environment.

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  1. Wax carving for the foundry: cast your sculpture in bronze
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Carve, melt and form wax to create a small figurative or abstract bronze sculpture. The wax will be cast in bronze at the Castle Arts Foundry and returned finished.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  2. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  3. Carving in wood
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will be taught how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £529.00 Senior fee £423.00 Concession £344.00
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  4. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Get inspired by trying carving techniques in stone or wood and create your own small carving in wood and stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £529.00 Senior fee £423.00 Concession £344.00
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  5. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Hanson
    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All abilities welcome.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  6. Introduction to life sculpture
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling techniques.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
  7. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
  8. Life figurative sculpture
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Create a plaster life sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well a gaining armature and plaster modelling skills.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
  9. Introduction to carving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Have you ever tried carving in wood? Be guided by an expert tutor to learn the basic techniques, materials and processes of carving, and carve a small piece of sculpture using hand carving tools. For complete beginners.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
  10. Sculpture: inspired by Barbara Hepworth
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Be inspired by the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth. Delve into the natural world that inspired her work and make a small series of sculptures using plaster, soap and Kraft Board.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
  11. Introduction to clay sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Whether you would like to try out sculpting with clay for fun, or it is something you wish to explore further, this beginners course is a great way to learn the first steps in design and basic clay modelling techniques. In it you can create either a realistic or an abstract sculpture.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  12. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  13. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Jul 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  14. Life figurative sculpture intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Jul 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling techniques. Beginners are welcome on this intensive course.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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