Face-to-face teaching

Portrait Head in Clay, Art Junction, Billingshurst

Five Saturdays: 30 September to 28 October 2023, 10-4pm each day, £470, max course size: 8

Patrick Reeves-Dienes with his portrait by Hazel ReevesHave you ever wanted to capture someone’s face or expression in a sculpture? Working a portrait in clay from a live model is a really rewarding experience. This course will explore how to observe heads – how to see their differences and similarities, and in turn learn how to translate this understanding into a sculpture which captures a likeness of the sitter. During the five days a life-sized clay portrait of a live sitter will be built on an armature. This concentrated modelling will be interspersed with fun exercises – with clay and without – to help train up the eye and hands. This course will be taught in a way suitable for those with experience of sculpting in clay and those new to it. There will be an opportunity to hollow-out the heads after the course, for an additional fee. The studios are by the platform of Billingshurst station (on the London Victoria line).

Book here or contact Marji at Art Junction.

Expressive Portrait Workshop, Art Junction, Billingshurst

Weekend: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 November, 2023; 10-4pm each day, £250; max course size: 8

Fired clay sculpture of Daniel Marcus Clarke, with his eyes closedThis two-day workshop, with a different model each day, will enable you to exploit the expressive nature of clay. You will get expression, character, emotion and movement in your sculptures. We will use exercises, with and without clay, to build our understanding of how to inject expression into our portraits. You will sculpt a series of smaller, quick portraits (sometimes with the torso) with potentially longer-poses on the afternoon of the second day, producing under-life size portraits. This 2-day course will particularly benefit those with some experience of portrait sculpture.

Book here.


Portrait Head and Expression: Sculpture Master Class, Morley College, London

Four day Easter school: 2 April 2024 – 5 April 2024, 11-5pm, £265 (£200 concessions)

Are your portraits feeling staid? Do you want to learn techniques to capture more character and expression? This four-day course combines a study of one long life-size head pose across the four days, with smaller, quicker expressive portrait exercises. Learn and develop observation skills, clay modelling, and individual approach focusing on achieving expression in a portrait head in clay. All levels, including beginners. Basic materials included, but extra charge for materials used over £8 materials’ fee?

For further details and to book, see the Morley College website here

One-to-one mentoring

Whether you need advice on your first clay portrait head or need guidance and support as you tackle the journey towards becoming a professional sculptor, I can be there for you. It could be a one-off session or on-going support, face-to-face or online. Email me for further details.