Sculpture and Mouldmaking Course

Learn how to sculpt with clay and make a mould in Sydney

Clare Nicholson

Clare Nicholson

5.0 (14)

8 x 3 hours Class size 1 to 6     label $600

  • If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend this class anytime
  • If you're not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend from 1st Dec onwards

Looking for unique things to do in Sydney? Come and learn from an expert sculptor!

Join this eight-week course and experience customised guidance from an exhibiting, award-winning artist on how to sculpt with clay using traditional hand-sculpting techniques. In this course, you will make a one-off sculpture to be kiln fired, or mould your piece to make multiple copies.

Enjoy working in a large purpose-built professional art studio set in a subtropical-inspired garden in Haberfield. Class sizes are limited to just six students to comply with Covid health advice and ensure plenty of individualised tuition.

During this course, you will learn:

  • How to join and sculpt with clay.
  • About different modelling tools and their uses.
  • Fabrication techniques so that clay can be fired.
  • Mouldmaking decisions regarding form and seamlines.
  • The moulding process.
  • Why you'd choose latex, plaster or silicone for a mould.
  • Techniques in preparing and applying the moulding materials.
  • Which release agents to use.
  • How to cast into your mould.

Come and get messy with Clare and uncover just how fun sculpting and mould making is!

Please note: Additional costs will occur for latex or silicone mould making materials or for kiln firing. This will be discussed during the first class.

Knowledge required
Whether you're a complete beginner who has dreamt of sculpting but feels unsure where to start or intimidated by the whole process, or a more experienced ceramist/sculptor, this course is ideal for you!
What you'll get
  • One 12.5kg slab of white earthenware clay (valued at $25 RRP).
  • 1.5kg of Casting Plaster (valued at $8 RRP).
  • An artwork to take home.
What to bring
Sculpting and mouldmaking can get messy! Please wear old clothes and enclosed shoes.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 8 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.

Clare Nicholson adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

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Class sizes are small - limited to a maximum of 6 students, with 2 students seated per table (each table measuring 1.2m x 1.2m).

All surfaces including tables, chairs, tools, equipment and door handles will be sanitised.

The studio is large (10m x 6m), with excellent ventilation via large glass sliding doors, windows and electric roof extractor fans.

Sanitiser and hand-washing facilities will be available, including freshly laundered towels.

Haberfield, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Clare Nicholson
Clare Nicholson

5.0 (14)

I am a Sydney-based, exhibiting artist. I have a purpose-built, professional art studio that I teach from in Sydney's Inner West, set within a large subtropical-inspired garden. However, during these strange times of Covid lockdown, I am running a range of live streaming classes to help build skills as well as the community.

My life-long passion for making very fine artworks includes sculpting, painting, drawing, and textiles. I also have a passion for teaching others, and love to support those wishing to find their own creative journey - whatever that may be or whatever shape it might take!

Unusually, my practice is multidisciplinary, so I cover many aspects of artmaking using a range of different materials and skills. For example, working three-dimensionally, my skills include sculpting and mould making in materials such as clay, bronze, silver, wax, wood, aluminium, polyurethane, plaster, resin, concrete and even sugar! For two-dimensional works, I paint in oils, acrylics and watercolour. For drawing, I generally use pencil, pen and ink, and crayon in order to achieve great detail, but at other times, playful media, such as wire.

I hold a PhD and Master of Fine Arts (both 1st-class division) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Along with private tuition in my studio, I've also taught in the Sculpture Department at UNSW Art and Design, within community adult education, and also rural and remote high schools.

My life is and has been artmaking! Come and join me for some serious fun in a friendly, inclusive, working art studio :)

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