A nude human figure, sat with their elbows on their bent knees is made out of clay

About Figurative Sculpture (SC01 Spring)

Working directly from a life (nude) model, explore traditional and contemporary ways to sculpt the human figure in clay.

What will you learn on this course?

Learn how to sculpt the human form in clay and develop your own artistic style. You will have the opportunity to model in clay from a nude life model who may hold several poses over the course duration, allowing you to create multiple sculptural pieces.

The course will have an emphasis on observational skills, and the tutor will demonstrate how to translate observations into more personal representations of the human form. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore different approaches that will help you to find your own artistic method and style.

You will be working in MAC’s fully equipped studio with buff, terracotta, and crank clays. There will be the option to fire and glaze completed works. We aim to rotate life models across classes and terms so that students have the opportunity to work from different subjects.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginners with no ceramics or sculpting experience, and improvers and advanced students who are looking to refine and develop their skills further.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. Good manual dexterity in your hands is required to work in this way with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and equipment is provided. You may want to bring a sketchbook.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Martin McNally

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025