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Experimental Clay Portraiture Summer School with Duncan Robertson 2024

Dates  10-12 July 2024
Time 10am – 4pm 
Price £245 (£220.50) 

This three-day summer school will take an experimental approach to Clay Portraiture, inspired by the innovative and imaginative processes used by artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi who would have been 100 years old this year. You will start by working through different playful exercises with clay utilising your sense of touch to then produce a sculpture based on the head using collaging and carving techniques.

The emphasis of this course is on the process rather than a final outcome, in a supportive space for creative experimentation and development.



Taking inspiration from Eduardo Paolozzi, Barbara Hepworth, and contemporary figurative artists, the course will guide you through:

  • A series of exercises using different techniques to create heads.
  • Working with clay to build and create different textures and surfaces.
  • Refining the heads.

About this course people said: ‘Duncan was a brilliant teacher, supportive, non-judgemental, which put me at ease. I also enjoyed trying other methods (I.e. plaster work).’

‘I enjoyed it all; there was time to relax and enjoy without worrying about the finished head. I was surprised as it seemed to work really well without a model.’

Duncan Robertson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded the King Edward VII Scholarship to study in Munich and was a student of Edouardo Paolozzi. 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 on ESW’s Learning Programme.

Courses are subject to minimum enrolment, so please book as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation.

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