One Year Figurative Sculpture Course

Be inspired by the art of anatomy

What is the course?

This one-year intensive figurative sculpture course is a unique chance to learn the skills needed to create truly realistic figurative 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 a 12-month 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 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, moulding and casting, 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 figurative sculpture, this is a must. This is for students who wish to ‘fast-track’ the technical skills needed to create figurative 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.

What does the course offer?

  • The one-year course teaches the art of figurative sculpture in a unique, disciplined, practical way that other courses don’t offer.
  • Provides tutored guidance from one of the world’s leading figurative sculptors, the author of the first definitive book about figurative sculpture since 1911 – The Art of Earth & Fire.
  • It covers full process from design to modelling to casting – imagination to realisation.
  • It is an unrivalled opportunity to learn in a commercial workshop environment using innovative, current industry techniques.
  • It teaches the disciplines required for a professional career in a variety of sculpture industries.
  • It offers a foundation basis for access to internships and apprenticeships.
  • It allows access to contacts within the Sculpture Industry

The course calendar

The course runs from January – December each year and students are expected to attend a minimum of one week a month on site at the School’s studio in Devon. Students will complete the workshop modules below and a series of 1-day seminars to include guest speakers and expert lecturers.


JANUARY 21st - 24thPortrait Level 1
FEBRUARY 18th - 21stFigurative Level 1
MARCH 13th - 15thMoulding & Casting
MARCH 17th - 20thAnimal
APRIL 21st - 24thSpecialist Techniques (FFH)
MAY 19th - 22ndAnimal Portrait
JUNE 16th - 19thFigurative Level 1 & 2
JULY 7th - 10thPortrait Level 1 & 2
AUGUST 4th - 7thSpecialist Techniques (FFH)
SEPTEMBER 8th - 11thAnimal
OCTOBER 6th - 9thFigurative Level 1
OCTOBER 23rd - 25thMoulding & Casting
NOVEMBER 3rd - 6thPortrait Level 1
DECEMBER 1st - 4thFigurative Level 1

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?

£10,000 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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Develop the skills needed to create realistic figurative sculpture and learn the techniques required to work as a commercial sculptor.

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