Gray's School of Art

Figure in Clay

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day

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Figure in Clay - 4 Day (Foundation EXTRA)
An opportunity to develop a traditional clay sculpture from a life model.

Spend 4 Days in Gray's School of Art studio shaping and exploring the soft and workable material of clay and the subject of figurative sculpture.

This course has one study option
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
22 - 25 July 2019
Course Length
4 Days (24 hours)
Monday to Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Because a weekend course wasn't enough!

This course will begin with a series of quick sketches working directly from the figure followed by traditional clay sculpting and exploration of human proportion from the life model. You will be able to create modelled heads, torsos or full figures - drawing inspiration from artists such as Rodin, Degas, Giacometti, Hicks and Lamb.

This is a great opportunity if you are a life-drawing enthusiast wanting to develop your appreciation of the human form within a tactile form of study or for ceramicists to create from life.

Optional armature study available for third day.

The finished work can be left as greenware (where the finished artwork is left to dry but not fired) or as bisqueware (where the clay is fired, but not glazed).


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Students are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. Students will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit their personal level of experience and ability.

This course is not formally assessed.


A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support

Suitable for students with experience of drawing the human form. Previous experience of working in clay is useful but not necessary.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.
Course fee: £330 (Life model provided all day. Includes clay and optional firing)

A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

You will provide your own drawing material for initial studies (e.g. several sheets of A2 cartridge or sugar paper, drawing pencils, charcoal, putty rubber etc).

Sculpting tools and studio equipment will be provided by Gray’s School of Art. Kiln firing is included in the course fee.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Student ID Cards
Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:

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Other Fees and Charges 


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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