Mastering Portrait Sculpture Courses 2014
22nd – 25th March 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
30th May – 2nd June 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
22nd – 25th August 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
19th – 22nd September 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
Silicon Mould Making Course
3rd – 5th October 2014
Bronze-Resin Casting Course
7th – 9th November 2014
“You have as much talent for teaching as you do for sculpture and I’m guessing that’s pretty rare.” JC Nottingham May 2011
Introduction: This carefully structured 4–day
sculpture class builds on your unique ability and offers you key
techniques and protocols that will help you unravel the complexity of
understanding visual form. The master–class is limited to 10
participants in South Devon, England and suitable for professional as
well as novice sculptors, as tuition will be individually tailored to
suit your requirements.
Aims and Objectives: The portrait bust represents
one of the most challenging tasks for the sculptor. The aim of the
course is to train ways of seeing that develop perception of 3-D form.
Using the portrait bust as the vehicle, you will uncover a complex
understanding of the subtleties of the human architecture.
Throughout the course you will focus on method and procedure in a
pragmatic approach that enables each stage of perception to be readily
- Measuring and anatomical proportions:
- Develop acute observation through stages of perception
- Building an armature with different methods of construction
- Going beyond knowledge of the human anatomy
- Learning to close the gap between what is observed and what can be reproduced
- Creating a likeness:
- Working to commission
- Bringing the clay to life
- Knowing when to stop
- Rescuing a disaster
Amy modelling Helen in the artist’s studio
Working procedure: The 4–day course is divided into 8
periods of sustained clay modelling. These are interspersed with
relevant lectures and discussions. The skills used each day will be
built upon in subsequent days, so that a protocol is developed that
proceeds from the simple to the complex, from the external forms to the
Each day will focus on specific aims and objectives in rendering a
life&ndashlike portrait bust, with demonstrations and lectures
covering style in sculpture, sculptural language and aesthetics.
Each modelling period will focus on gathering the correct information
that is essential in unravelling the complex nature of the human head.
The course concludes with a critique of the work and an assessment of
what has been learnt. The heads are prepared for firing, for later
Luke Shepherd has been leading 4 day portrait modelling classes for
over 20 years. He regularly attends Master–classes himself with the
Society of Portrait Sculptors.
Cost: To include all materials, scrumptious lunches and refreshments £465.
5% Previous Participants. MAS, Devon Guild and WPA Members
5% Early Bird Bookings 2 moths before start date
5% Bring a friend who books with you
5% For booking 2 or more courses
Please email for 4 page detailed information about this course.
Accommodation: If you would like recommendation
with choosing your accommodation in South Devon, please let me know well
in advance, as the best places are in demand at this time of year. Please do not hesitate to if you would like further information about arranging Mould Making Courses, Resin Casting Courses