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Clay Sculpture

Figurative Clay Sculpture

In this practical and stimulating one-week introductory workshop, you'll have the chance to learn to create realistic clay figures.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2023


At the point of booking, you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only


Course fee plus accommodation


Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package


  • Your design ideas and/or concepts; this could include sketches, photographs or other reference material
  • Appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting messy, such as overalls/an apron

  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with increased confidence in your sculpting skills to approach future projects
  • Gain hands-on experience learning essential sculpting techniques and skills
  • Have multiple opportunities to experiment, practise and perfect your newly learnt skills
  • Unleash your personal creativity and individuality
  • Create a credible collection of clay figures for your personal enjoyment or to contribute to your personal portfolio
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This introductory and engaging workshop offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself from the outset in the world of figurative clay sculpture and to be taught all the essential and fundamental processes to create a visually appealing body of work.

With access to our dedicated maker workshops, you'll receive informative talks, demonstrations, and direction in the tried and tested approaches of sculpture, enabling you to create highly accurate and realistically proportioned figures, where the processes, once learned and practised, can be repeated and applied to all future designs.

Using air-drying clay, you'll be introduced to the classical rules of proportion, design and anatomy. These newfound skills will then be consolidated and applied to your final creation. The course will follow a natural progression building on the practise of skills and techniques.

You'll be expertly led every step of the way by your tutor, Julia Carter, who possesses many years of experience in the field of sculpture creation.

In addition to course teaching hours, you'll be able to access our maker workshops in the early evenings to continue working on your creative pieces, if you wish.

  • Sketching
  • Observation of pose
  • Measuring proportion, design, and anatomy
  • Interpreting gesture
  • Anatomical pointers
  • Refining and rendering
  • Use of specialist tools and techniques; how to use them safely and effectively

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course; therefore, no previous understanding or experience is required.

However, anyone with previous experience is welcome on this exciting themed workshop; projects will be tailored to your abilities.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment is included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Study an Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short course to expand your creative skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Julia Carter, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Julia Carter

Your Figurative Clay Sculpture tutor, Julia Carter, has taught at AUB for 10+ years and is a practicing independent artist and sculptor.

Example figurative clay sculptures

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of clay sculpture techniques and hone your observational skills to master proportion, design and anatomy.

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