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Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay

Short Course - All levels EXTRA
Weekend Sculpting the Head in Clay | All levels EXTRA

An opportunity to develop traditional clay sculpture from a life model.

Spend a weekend at Gray's School of Art, working directly from a life model to sculpt a head in clay .

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

2 days (10 hrs)
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Clay is a soft and workable, therapeutic medium to sculpt with. This course will begin with a series of quick sketches followed by traditional clay sculpting and exploration of human proportion to create one fully formed clay head sculpture.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop clay sculpting and observational skills
  • Accurately sculpt the human head in three dimensions
  • Work directly from a life model
  • Study head anatomy, proportion and scale
  • Use the sculpting tools required
  • Finish and render surface techniques.

You will receive one-to-one instruction as you work as well as group tutorials.

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. 




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.


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



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.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes. 


Course fee: £155

Materials & Equipment

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. 

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.


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 term 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:



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

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

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

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