Sculpting the Figure in Clay Summer School
Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day
Applications Now Open
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.
The 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. Students will be able to create torsos or full figures - drawing inspiration from artists such as Rodin, Degas, Giacometti, Hicks and Lamb.
This is a great opportunity for life drawing enthusiasts to develop their appreciation of the human form within a tactile form of study and for ceramicists to create from life.
Anyone can join this course, no matter what your usual subject if interest is, or level of skill.
Student's will develop their observational study from life, learn how to use the tools required for figurative sculpture and develop an awareness of form, mass, proportion and the plasticity of clay.
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.
Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
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.
A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.
This course is not formally assessed.
SupportA 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.
Previous experience of working in clay or drawing the human form is useful but not necessary.
This course is suitable for complete beginners or those with more experience. Students will receive tuition on a one-to-one basis.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.
Course fee: £385 (Life model provided all day. Includes clay and optional firing)
Materials & Equipment
Students will provide their 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.
Clay will be provided by Gray’s School of Art. Kiln firing is included in the course fee, as well as a life model.
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 Art Shop
Located within the Gray’s building, the Art 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.
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:
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
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.