Start clay sculpture

Course Dates: 21/09/19 - 05/10/19
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Shelley Wilson

Whether you want to ‘try it out’ for fun or if it’s something you wish to explore further, this is a great way to learn the first steps in design and basic clay modelling techniques. You'll create an abstract or realistic sculpture. For beginners.


What is the course about?

This two- day course is perfect as an introduction to clay modelling and sculpture.
You will learn hands on which materials, tools and processes are needed to create your sculpture. Your clay sculpture will be fired after the course has finished, the department will advise dates for collection.

What will we cover?

- You will learn how to build, shape and mould clay when modelling a small sculpture
- We will cover which types of clay are best suitable for modelling in clay
- Practice how to prepare a clay sculpture for bisque firing and understand the firing process
- You will be supported towards developing your own idea for the sculpture
- A brief introduction to historical and contemporary sculpture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Build a small-scale sculpture from clay
- Have a practical understanding of the relevance of scale and proportion in sculpture
- Have a first understanding of tools and materials suitable for sculpting in clay
- Use basic clay modelling techniques specific for sculpture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels are welcome.
The short course offers an opportunity for students wishing to expand their portfolio.
Students should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be expected to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn through practical demonstrations, group and individual discussions and tutorials, group and personal tuition.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen, plus a sketchbook.
Stout shoes are required to be worn in the sculpture studio at all times.
Most materials will be provided.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also go to other sculpture courses such as Introduction to sculpture, Carving in wood or stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire, Prop making or Life sculpture in wax.
Alternatively, the year-long City Lit sculpture course helps you to build an individual sculpture practice and culminates in an exhibition in Central London. Ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website or prospectus for inspiration.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VU994

Sat, day, 21 Sep - 05 Oct '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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