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Clay Portraiture Online with Duncan Robertson

Dates  Tuesdays, 5 October -23 November 2021
Time 7-9pm
Price £220 (£198)

An eight-week Clay Portraiture course, suitable for all levels of experience, delivered via Zoom. 

This course gives you the skills to create your own clay portrait sculpture working from images, drawings or paintings of a person of your choosing. Through weekly group online meet-ups, demonstration videos and individual tutorial sessions with Duncan Robertson you will be guided through the process of translating two dimensional images into three dimensional form.

Read on for a video about the course and more details.

Concession price: Students, Recent Graduates (3 years after graduating), Seniors, Unemployed




Over 8 weeks you will develop observational skills, clay modelling techniques to experiment with form, texture and sculptural expression.

The course includes:

  • 8 Weekly group sessions via Zoom (16 hours)
  • Demonstration videos in advance of each session
  • Individual virtual tutorials with Duncan Robertson
  • Course materials*

The weekly demonstration videos will cover; how to make a maquette, anatomy and form, proportions and measuring, facial features, overall composition and hollowing out the head.  The course prioritises hands on learning with the materials, drawing on the extensive knowledge of the tutor. You will have opportunity to learn more about portraiture within contemporary sculpture and, as with all ESW’s courses, it’s a way to become part of a learning cohort, benefiting from each other’s questions and experience.

*Materials will be available for scheduled collection from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop before the course start date. If you do not live in the Edinburgh area a list of materials and suppliers will be provided.

Duncan Robertson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded the King Edward VII Scholarship to study in Munich. He was a recipient of the Bothy Project Residency in 2019. Duncan has over 20 years teaching experience and is a freelance gallery educator at the Scottish National Galleries and a long-term tutor Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s learning programme.

Bookings and cancellation policy.