Modelling a Portrait in Clay

Course summary

This course is an exciting introduction for beginners, as well as an opportunity for those with some previous experience, to gain or develop basic clay sculpture skills.

You will rediscover the beauty of the human face and anatomy over the term. In this class, you will explore how to observe faces and heads – how to see their differences and similarities, and in turn learn, how to translate this understanding into a sculpture.

Artistic knowledge is not necessary, and beginners are welcome.

What you will learn

  • basic clay modelling techniques specific for sculpture
  • an understanding of tools and materials suitable for sculpting with clay
  • how to judge and transfer proportions from 2D to 3D

What you will get

  • basic anatomical knowledge of the head and positioning of the element’s volume
  • proportions
  • facial features and expressions
  • how to progress from simple shapes to more complex forms
  • to develop your own ideas for the sculpture
  • take home your very own creation

What you need to bring

  • drink bottle
  • apron
  • wear casual/older clothes and covered or closed-in shoes – clay can get messy!

About the Tutor

Ilona is a sculptor, creativity coach and art therapist with a vision to support students in creating their own unique work. Ilona has been a creative professional for almost three decades and after many years of focusing on art, international exhibitions, art fairs, and everything that’s involved with being a professional artist.

Course cost

COST: $265.00

Class availability: 10 PLACES REMAINING

Course dates

Saturday 4 November
10.00am – 12.00pm (7 sessions)

Book this course

To enrol in this course, fill out the form below. Remember to add the details of any other students who are part of your booking.

Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to go ahead. For this reason, we encourage students to book at least 5 days prior to the course/workshop. In the unlikely event that we don't get enough enrolments, we may need to postpone to a later date or cancel the course/workshop. You will be advised via email or text prior to the class commencing.


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Course gallery

The photos below are an indication of what to expect from the class.

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By phone

Call 9687 1560 during office hours and have your credit card details ready. We accept MasterCard and Visa.

In person

Come to YCC at 59 Francis Street, Yarraville during office hours to enquire or enrol and pay in person.