Clay sculpture: figurative sculpture from life

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners interested in the human form only, as you will be working from a life model every week. The model is there for you to interpret in your own style. Short and long poses will be set with some warm up quick poses to start with.

Course content

This is a leisure course so no qualification. You will be learning the skills of observation and modelling in clay . You will be working with clay using your hands and modelling tools. A life model will be your inspiration for your sculpture.

Support and feedback

The tutor will teach on a 1:1 style giving regular feedback during the sessions. Written assessment will be shared with the learners as feedback.

Additional costs and requirements

A sketch book with charcoal will be helpful to capture the models pose for you to look back on and a camera to record your progress.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

Maria Moorhouse currently works as a Craft tutor teaching stone carving skills and clay sculpture for Learn Devon and runs her own workshops at Dartington Hall Estate for adults. Maria has her own stone carving collective called Sculptworks, which she set up in 2011 in which all the members are students that she has taught the skills of stone carving. Maria exhibits and attends craft events to show the public the fulfilling skill of carving stone with her collective Sculptworks. Maria has a Fine Art BA Hons degree from Kent Institute of art and design at Canterbury in which she specialised in sculpture. She studied architectural stone carving, masonry and letter cutting at Weymouth College in Dorset for 2 years and now has her teaching qualifications up to level 4 to teach adults aged 16 plus. Maria is a practicing artist producing her own sculpture in stone and has exhibited at many exhibitions around the country including Rossmoor gardens and Chichester Cathedral.

“I get great pleasure from teaching people with a keen interest in stone. The tool skills and methods learnt help them to produce their own unique creations. I have experienced that stone carving has strong spiritual connections with people I have taught over the years, it becomes more than just a hobby for students, it is a form of relaxations and focus”.

Maria Moorhouse, Crafts Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date23 Feb 2018
End date23 Mar 2018
Start time13:15
End time15:45
Concessions not available