Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay

Sculpt your mate, sip and laugh



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 12 (public classes), 6 to 22

label $79 - $119 (or 4 payments of $19.75 - $29.75 Afterpay)
($119 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $109 for 2+ guests, $99 for 6+ guests, $89 for 12+ guests, $79 for 20+ guests)

In this fun and unique Sydney workshop, you will be guided on how to sculpt a little portrait of the person you know by capturing their most prominent features.

You can come with your "workshop partner" and sculpt each other on the spot or bring a photograph of the person you want to sculpt. You can absolutely make your imaginary friend too, I will help you in doing it.

Everyone will receive a little wooden base with a skull to have a solid foundation and help you focus on developing a character. We are going to be making mini-busts, approximately 10 cm tall - you are welcome to do a bigger one if you wish. Public classes are limited to 12 people.
Private groups per request.

One of the major differences between applied (such as pottery making) and fine arts is that in the fine arts there are no strict rules that could make our project unsuccessful or "failed" to serve its function.

In this workshop, you will firstly have a good laugh, then learn something about realistic sculpting and finally get to take home your very original and one of a kind artwork. Every single mini-bust has a lot of character and its own beauty!

We will be sculpting out of air-dry clay so that you can take your piece home and patinas will be available so that you can paint your portrait if you wish to do so.

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 2 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.


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Save $20 when you book with a friend

Knowledge required
All levels are welcome.
 
What you'll get
  • Air drying clay block suitable for a small portrait - this clay is professional-grade air drying clay that feels like a natural one with very high plasticity yet dries hard and it can be sanded after drying (WED clay).
  • Variety of different shaped metal and wooden sculpting tools to use.
  • Wooden sculpture stand.
  • Apron (disposable).
  • Special metal (bronze) paints for painting your sculpture when dry.
  • Brushes.
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits (we provide non-dairy and cows' milk).
What to bring
A friend or a photograph of a person who is going to be your muse for the class! It can be a self portrait too.
You are welcome to BYO food and drinks.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

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

Location

Imakesculptures studio - 250 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW

This venue is within walking distance from Central station (800m).

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay location
Your teacher
imakesculptures
imakesculptures

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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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Bruna Cabral Rangel Nov 2023


I loved this class. The teacher was very friendly and helpful throughout the process. 100% recommend.

Ami Gabriel Sep 2023


Great experience with my partner. Was enjoyable and funny and the teacher was great at helping and guidance. Would definitely recommend!
Also, has an adorable cat which makes it even better.

Pottery class review by Ami Gabriel - Sydney

Clinton Renshaw Aug 2023


This activity was really fun. The studio was neat and the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. The teacher was friendly, patient and very generous with her time. I would highly recommend. Thanks Irina for a really positive experience :)

Janeen Navarro Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


My husband and I enjoyed the class so much and learnt technical figurative clay skills.

Vladimir Gligorovski Jul 2023

40 ClassBento workshops attended • 37 reviews


I had lots of fun and enjoyed the teachers class with lots of pleasant aspects

Liza Unity Jun 2023

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Teacher was very patient and helpful.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning techniques and taking home our final product. Good fun.

Pottery class review by Liza Unity - Sydney

Anna Mansfield Jun 2023


My son really enjoyed the class, the teacher was really helpful and patient, the location was good.

George Organ Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


A really unique gift. Everything is supplied and the teacher, Irina, was super helpful. Great for couples or groups.

Pottery class review by George Organ - Sydney

Wendy Yeung May 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Had a great time Irina. She is very patient and helpful. Very experienced and fantastic teacher.

Maria Jaramillo Apr 2023


Materials provided, teacher very knowledgeable. It was nice that we were offer tea, because we were soaked

Steph Foreshew Mar 2023


Had a great evening! Loved the relaxed, fun atmosphere and the intimacy of a small group. 10/10 would recommend!

Kylie Lee Mar 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Would highly recommend this experience. Both my partner and myself felt like we might have an epic fail, but with Irinas support the end result was amazing! We had a great time and would definitely recommend this experience!

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Kylie Lee - Sydney

Nicola George Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was good fun, in a great location and studio. There was a lovely atmosphere and our teacher was very good. Helpful and skilled. Would go again for sure!

Renee Cotta Mar 2023


Super fun team building activity. No skill required. Teacher was fantastic and very talented and helped us along the way.

Caitlin Shipp Mar 2023


This was an extremely enjoyable class I came with my two friends, none of us had any pre-existing sculpting skills and yet Irina patiently guided us toward creating little heads which, against all odds, DID resemble our models!

We all had a LOT of fun, shared a lot of laughs and left already planning the next workshop we can take with Irina.

Guaranteed to have a great time in this lovely little workspace with a fantastic and patient teacher :)

Pottery class review by Caitlin Shipp - Sydney

Laura Gill Feb 2023


Irina ran such a fun and enjoyable class.
I booked the class as a Valentines date and arrived thinking there was no way I’d be able to sculpt my friend’s face from clay but Irina showed us step by step how to do it and we all walked away with amazing looking busts of our friends.
The class is small so she gives everyone plenty of help - which I really appreciated and felt I learnt a lot.
I’ll always keep the bust I made!
Would definitely recommend!

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Laura Gill - Sydney

Angela McGovern Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Really fun experience and the teacher was lovely! Definitely will come back for another class in the future

Christina Jan 2023


It was a great experience My first time at it but we were friendly and professionally helped in the process
With a lovely cup of tea and in an amazing venue in Surrey Hill. I would highly recommend to give it a go .
What a nice way to spend a rainy day in Sydney

Pottery class review by Christina  - Sydney

Holly Peasland Jan 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


What a great Class Irina is so talented and her venue is divine. We had such a great time and learnt so muc . We definitely got lost in the process and time simply flew by. We were very happy with our master pieces. They are going to look fabulous on a book shelf, once we paint with copper in a few weeks. Thank you Irina, thoroughly recommend this class to do with friends.

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Holly Peasland - Sydney

Edmund Leung Jan 2023


My partner and I enjoyed the sculpture making very much. It was a fun experience with lots of laughs as we attempted to make the clay creation look a tiny bit like the person in front of us. Irina was very helpful in going around and making sure we had the right balance of creativity and help. Great experience, recommend!

Blaise Tooker Jan 2023


Had a great time at this session! The teacher was very helpful and we really liked the venue and atmosphere.

Jay Jan 2023


We did this as an anniversary date and thoroughly enjoyed it! Irena our teacher was excellent, patient and extremely helpful. I am not a great sculptor but Irena assisted me and at the end of the class I was so happy with my mini bust likeness to my husband. He also had a great time time with fantastic results with his bust of me.
It was a small class of 10 people so very manageable for Irena to help everyone.
I recommend this class!

Pottery class review by Jay  - Sydney

Margaret Andetson Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The teacher was friendly highly competent with the medium and great on instruction and well organised. The venue was easy to locate and clean.
We learnt to make a small bust using a small skeleton to ensure success. Great value.

Vincent Trang Nov 2022


The instructor was lovely, providing us all the materials needed to prepare, sculpt, and event paint our sculptures once we took them home. Her support throughout the process was informative, constructive, and hands on, even for those who weren't sculpting a human! The venue itself was also really nice, with all the details such as teas, glasses, plates, being equally amazing. Definitely worth the money for this unique and fun experience.

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Vincent Trang - Sydney

Amanda Yakiwchuk Nov 2022


The teacher was fantastic, really accommodating and professional. There was help when we needed it. The environment was clean and very well presented. The night was fun, exciting and we all had a blast.

The demonstration was clear and easy to follow and the end results were exactly what we were looking for and expected

Thank you very much 10/10

Pottery class review by Amanda Yakiwchuk - Sydney

Sarah Pearson Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Excellent class. I was also very happy with what we produced.
Irena was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Very relaxed atmosphere and good fun.
Many thanks

Xia Hu Sep 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended


The teacher was really helpful, the environment is calming and relaxing , we enjoyed a lot:)

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Xia Hu - Sydney

Lois Alcantara Aug 2022


Irina was very knowledgeable and patient. She had all tools and equipment prepared, the sculpture studio was well lit, clean and inspirational. No skills required but she made you believe you could sculpt!

Andrea Alcantara Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


This was a really fun and out there class to do! It was great being able to do something we're not normally able to do and Irina was super helpful when I kept asking questions :) would definitely come back to do it again!

Laura Alcantara Aug 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


What was the teacher like? The teacher was incredibly helpful.
How was the venue (if applicable)? Good, I liked the small class which meant the teacher could spend 1:1 time with everyone
If materials were provided, did you like them? Yes
Was the experience good value for money? Yes
What did you do / learn? I learned how to sculpt a head!
What did you like most? the outcome

Sonki Unhelkar Aug 2022


Had a great time thank you! Was good to have a box. Great music! Nice atmosphere

Pearl Tan Jul 2022


We had a fantastic time! The vibe was great and non-judgemental, the teacher was most helpful. Thanks for a fun class!

Liz Clark Jul 2022


We had a great time. Teacher was lovely, made us tea and biscuits and guided us through the process and gave good tips that were useful for us non-artists! The space was also very cosy and relaxing. It was a great and unusual experience and I would recommend to others.

Ava Princi May 2021


Great instruction, lovely space, all materials provided. Little costly, but very fun. Very happy with our sculptures !

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Ava Princi - Sydney

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