3 DAY COURSE: life-sized portraiture, Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct, 10:00-16:00

3 DAY COURSE: life-sized portraiture, Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct, 10:00-16:00


Look - Record - Represent - Understand

Looking, I mean really looking, is usually the bedrock: the fundamental principle on which every creative endeavour is placed. Where, for many, their formal journey begins and to where they return when things get tough.

In this course you’ll work from life to create a life-size three-dimensional portrait. Working with sculptor Keziah Burt and a sitter/model you will refine your observational and clay modelling skills.  Over three days you’ll develop an understanding of facial anatomy, likeness and gesture to sculpt an accurate, three-dimensional clay study.

At the end of the course you will have a solid life-size clay head. It will not be fired. An additional hollowing out session and firing can be arranged.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

Keziah Burt is portrait sculptor based in Yorkshire. Keziah undertakes private and public commissions in bronze, cast stone and ceramic.

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  • Materials.

  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.

  • Packaging.

  • Booking fees.

What you need to know

Our workshops and studio memberships are for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Sunken Studio within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

Work must be collected within 90 days of the session. We dispose of unclaimed work after 90 days.

Access is at street level. There are managed car parks nearby and short stay parking in the neighbouring streets - sadly a bit too short for all of our workshops. The studio is a 10 minute walk from the City Centre, easily accessed by public transport & you can get the free water taxi from Leeds Train Station to Leeds Dock. The studio is a 2 minute walk from Leeds Dock, Sheaf St. (Duke Studios), The Tetley & The Royal Armouries. We’re on the same road as Leeds Discovery Centre.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay - please consider this when booking.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

You’ll be provided with relevant personal protective equipment(PPE). While at the studio, you must observe our health and safety procedures and help us maintain a safe working environment. You must wear the aprons provided, wet wipe surfaces, tools and equipment and avoid practices that may encourage dust to amass or become airborne.