Sculpture

Get inspired by our range of sculpture courses, which take place in our specialist sculpture studio in the heart of London. From wood or stone carving, to sculpting in metal, bronze, wire or plaster. We are sure to have something that will inspire you to further develop your skills. Fancy a change of career? Why not try prop making for Film, TV and Theatre?

Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, we have a variety of dates and times for you to choose from.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

Hear from tutor Wendy Chandler on a career in prop making.

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  1. Life figurative sculpture intensive
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £213.00
  2. Introduction to propmaking for film, TV, theatre and display: part 1
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn a range of sculptural techniques that are used in the ever expanding film, TV and theatre prop making industry. Explore a range of sculpting and casting methods and fabricating techniques, and experiment with materials.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  4. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. This course is for beginners and those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
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  5. Carving in wood
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  6. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get inspired by the age-old craft of stone, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of 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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  7. Introduction to sculpting with wax
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material, by melting, joining and carving it to create a small wax relief sculpture. This course is perfect for both beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. You will be guided through the sculptural techniques by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.



    Your finished green wax relief sculpture can be kept, or you can join one of our mould making and casting courses to transform your sculpture into another material, for example bronze, pewter or Jesmonite. Please see the course outline below for more details.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  9. Introduction to sculpture
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  10. Sculpture workshop I
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Starting out in sculpture? Join us and get to grips with the techniques of carving, casting and construction. Find out more about the history of sculpture and take inspiration from other artists. Learn to develop your ideas from design to reality, and try your hand at several small-scale projects to practise your new-found skills.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  11. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  12. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of mould making and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds. Then learn how to cast from them in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  13. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a choice of limestone or wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  14. Start clay sculpture
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Surface finishes for clay and plaster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Sculptures are not always glazed, explore and experiment different mediums to patina your terracotta or stoneware clay or plaster artworks. Compare bronze powder V bronze filler or shellac and pigments, graphite, inks, acrylic or oil paint or waxes.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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