One Year Realist Sculpture Course

Be inspired by the art of anatomy

What is the course?

This one-year intensive sculpture course offers a unique chance to learn the skills needed to create truly realistic figure and animal sculptures and the techniques required to master our twenty-first century understanding of the human anatomy. It does not just give you a certificate, it gives you an education for life!

The course is an immersion into the world of sculpture, where you will learn every aspect of the business from one of the world’s finest figurative sculptors, Andrew Sinclair MRSS SWAc at his professional working studio and sculpture school. You will learn practical skills and techniques for creating realist figurative sculpture and will be guided from the initial design of your projects to creation and completion. It is an exclusive opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals in a commercial sculpture environment, preparing you for a career as a sculptor. You will discover how a sculpture business works; what working to commission involves, marketing etc. with a short series of lectures and talks by guest sculptors and business experts within the industry.

Who is the course for?

For anyone wishing to develop a career in realist sculpture, this is a must. This is for students who wish to ‘fast-track’ the technical skills needed to create realist sculpture through hands-on practical experience rather than through a theory-based course. Tutor/student contact time is in excess of 30 hours during each 4-day workshop.

The course calendar

The course runs over twelve months and students are expected to attend a minimum of one week a month at the School’s studio in Devon. Students will complete all workshop modules – Figurative Levels 1&2, Portrait Levels 1&2, Animal, Animal Portrait, Specialist Techniques – and a series of 1-day seminars to include guest speakers and expert lecturers.

16 -19 April 2024Animal Portrait
8th May 2024Taste of Sculpture 1 Day Workshop
21 – 24 May 2024Figurative Level 1 & 2
18 – 21 June 2024Portrait Level 1&2
26 – 28 June 2024M&C - TBC
3rd July 2024Taste of Sculpture 1 Day workshop
18th & 19th July 2024Écorché
23 – 26 July 2024Animal
7th August 2024Taste of Sculpture 1 Day workshop
20 – 23 August 2024Animal Portrait
4th September 2024Taste of Sculpture 1 Day Workshop
17 –20 September 2024Figurative Level 1 & 2
10th & 11th October 2024Écorché
15 – 18 October 2024Portrait Level 1 & 2
6th November 2024Taste of Sculpture 1 Day Workshop
12 – 15 November 2024Animal
3 – 6 December 2024Animal Portrait
16th – 17th January 2025Écorché
21st – 24th January 2025Figurative
5th February 2025Taste of Sculpture 1 Day Workshop
18th - 21st February 2025Portrait
5th March 2025Taste of Sculpture 1 Day Workshop
25th – 28th March 2025Animal

How is the course delivered?

Unique to The Sculpture School, the Sinclair Method of Sculpture has been devised by Andrew Sinclair MRSS. This innovative method of sculpting in clay incorporates Design Criteria TM, anatomy and proportion using Dynamic and Energy Curves TM and The Rapid Sketch Technique TM. This ground-breaking process will revolutionise the way students approach sculpture by breathing life and energy into their work.

What does the course give you?

An education for life – not just a certificate.

The Sculpture School
Figurative Sculpture – Gold Level

What does the course cost?

£13,500 for the full 12 month course.,

Selection process

Students are invited to make an initial application via email or post outlining previous qualifications and achievements. Please send up to six high quality images of previous work. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview at our Studios with a portfolio of their work.

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Student Exhibition

Develop the skills needed to create realistic figurative sculpture and learn the techniques required to work as a commercial sculptor.