Introduction to Figurative Sculpting

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn the basics of realistic sculpture

1.5 hours Class size 1 to 5 (public dates), 1 to 15

label $99 - $119 (or 4 payments of $24.75 - $29.75 Afterpay)
($119 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $109 for 2+ guests, $99 for 4+ guests)

This is a ClassBento virtual Live/Box class! From the comfort of your home, share an artisan experience with your friends, family or colleagues, or enjoy with like-minded others. Our Live/Box classes have been featured on The Guardian, TimeOut, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue, and more. Here's how it works:

  1. Book or Request your preferred time
  2. We'll deliver a ClassBento Box to you - this is a physical DIY craft kit containing the materials you'll need. Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
  3. Enjoy the online class. After booking, you'll receive a link to a Zoom meeting. At the time of the class, use that link to join. During the class, you can easily ask questions and get immediate responses. Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

The skill of figurative sculpting is very applicable in the modern world. From character developing to model-making to film and stage production and even interior design. Once you conquer it, you will be capable of sculpting pretty much any shape you want.

To get there takes a lot of practice and this live online class can help you on that journey by systematically developing a sculpture of a person from basic geometric shapes. Your experienced teacher Irina, a professional sculptor herself, will instruct you what to pay attention to.

Finally, you will learn what to do with sculptures once you finish them, how to preserve them or make them functional. Your teacher will direct you on how to continue sculpting once the class has ended.

During the class, your teacher will be sculpting with you and will demonstrate everything in order to follow and guide you in your progress.

You can attend this class as many times as you like, as this skill takes a bit of dedication. Class numbers are limited to five people so that you will always get your chance to ask questions and receive assistance. Bookings for larger groups are welcome via “custom booking requests “

It is advisable to get in touch with your teacher before the class or before your craft box is shipped, advising of your skill level and preference of making ( age if you are booking for a minor, please ) so the class can be tailored to you.

Note: If you do not advice on your preferences, teacher will make a choice for you.

Add-on available for this class

Swap natural (kiln fired) Clay for 1 kg of Professional Air Drying Clay ($10)

You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge Required
All levels welcome.
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Clay block suitable for a small figurine or portrait - 1 kg
  • One wooden tool for sculpting.
  • Wooden sculpture stand - you may choose between portrait or figurine.
  • Wire and paper for the armature
  • A sheet of plastic to cover your masterpiece.
What you'll need
  • A clear workspace ready.
  • Your clay and any tools for cutting and shaping you may have (natural clay is provided in the craft box but you are welcome to use polymer clay such as monster clay.
Please avoid hobby clays such as Crayola clay or DAS or anything similar. This clay makes it extremely hard to sculpt realistically, especially for beginners).
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Your teacher

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Hi, I'm Irina.

I like to introduce myself as a sculptor, although I'm engaged in different art disciplines too. I have never had another profession, nor have I wanted one. I fell in love with three-dimensional art at a very early age which came to me naturally, as I was born in a family of artists. It was the world I've grown up in, a measure of value around me.

I have graduated from Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture, and with a bit of luck, I had a chance to work internationally and gain great experience in different industries and media. Cooperating with professionals from other creative fields has perfectioned my skills and broadened the views of my artistic expression.

I have tried to gather all the projects I am engaged in on this website, showcase it, sell and teach my art. Always open for the new projects with fellow creatives, just get in touch.


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Anonymized Customer  •  Feb 2021

A fun, informative class with a very knowledgeable and kind teacher. Would definitely recommend this class.

Tina Nosurname  •  Feb 2021

Thanks again Irina, it was a great opportunity and I'm inspired to keep sculpting :)

Erica Hopewell  •  Jan 2021

An enjoyable experience. Irena provides great direction and has a good eye, providing corrective advice on the run to keep the work on track.

Introduction to Figurative Sculpting review by Erica Hopewell

Kiersten Rasmussen  •  Jan 2021

The class was really interesting and wasn't intimidating to me as a complete beginner. I learnt a lot and felt comfortable throughout the whole process

Sebastian Hecker  •  Oct 2020

Highly recommend.

Irina was very patient, extremely accommodating and guided us through creating our pieces without being critical of our work or disinterested.

We were happy with the end result and was fantastic doing it in a group online.

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Duncan Bullock  •  Sep 2020

I had a lot of fun in this class. The teacher was very helpful, and kept the class moving quickly enough to give you the basics and give your model a good shape for you to continue with. She was very generous with her time too. I also particularly liked that she had her large model there to demonstrate on as well. The only difficult parts for me were that I am a little deaf so sometimes I find it harder to hear than in a normal conversation, but that would be the same in any online class.

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Mia Havryluk  •  Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I think Mia and Luca were the youngest students the class ever had, if website can state appropriate ages would be helpful. Nonetheless Mia enjoyed the class, and was happy she got a taste of sculpting (and tried out a new activity during lockdown) although it was a little harder than expected done online. For girls her age, would be helpful if there is a curated session and/or follow up class included to check in for further questions and encouragement. Could you let me know contacts of suppliers/ shops that we could purchase the materials from for further work? Thank you. Serena Mum

Sophia Hyland  •  Sep 2020

We really loved taking this class with Irina! She was professional, insightful and personable. She was great at being able to review your sculpture in progress and provide helpful suggestions on how to make it better and more realistic. We've been really looking for ways to find interesting things to do during lockdown and this exceeded our expectations. Thanks, Irina

Introduction to Figurative Sculpting review by Sophia Hyland

Luca Allen  •  Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This was a really fun, helpful class with a super nice teacher. I highly recommend :)

Kylie Swain  •  Aug 2020

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

The class was great, Irina was helpful and explained everything. I received guidance. It was a lot of fun!

Kylie Norton  •  Aug 2020

The session was really informative and interesting. I was able to learn the fundamentals but all my other questions were answered, thank you

Jacqui Stockdale  •  Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I really learnt so much in a short time. Irina was a lovely teacher, very knowledgable and patient. The class was quite a challenge however I was inspired to continue working on my sculpture of a head with a real life model. Would highly recommend this class to other artists I know.

Sarah Stevenson  •  Jul 2020

16 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

It was really fun learning figurative sculpting and the teacher was full of knowledge. She taught with such clarity and even emailed notes from our discussion afterwards which was so nice of her to do. I was really happy with how my sculpture was looking by the end of the class and enjoyed the whole experience; so I would definitely recommend to others interested in trying out some figurative sculpting! :)
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