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Clay Portraiture Online with Duncan Robertson (February 2023)

Dates Tuesdays, 21 February 11 April 2023
Time 7pm – 9pm
Price £220 (£198)
Where Online through Zoom 

This eight-week online course will give you the skills to create your own clay portrait sculpture, working with 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 from his ESW studio. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience who wish to further develop their skills. 

Image: Tutor Duncan Robertson showing close up work on the initial small maquette for his Clay Portraiture Online course



Over 8 weeks you will develop observational skills and 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 ESW 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 ESW’s Learning Programme. 

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