Site navigation

Experimental Clay Portraiture Summer School with Duncan Robertson

Dates 11-13 July 2023 
Time 10am – 4pm 
Price £220 (198) 

This three-day summer school will take an experimental approach to Clay Portraiture. 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 Pablo Picasso, 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. 

Please note that this course will be taking place outside in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Outdoor Learning Studio.

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 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. 

Please read our Bookings and Cancellation Policy here.