Sculpting the Head in Clay with Adam Roud

Sculpting the Head in Clay with Adam Roud

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th March, 2020

Course fee £325
Homemade lunch and materials included

10.00am – 4.00pm
(All abilities)

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This course does not pretend to tell you everything there is to know about making a finished portrait of somebody.  What it does promise is to launch you on the right track, give you some basic rules upon which to build, and give you the confidence to pursue this intellectually and physically challenging craft.

You will probably be pushed slightly out of your comfort zone if we are to cover all the ground I have planned for you.   We will be working very fast the first day, by the end of which we will have the structure of the head & neck in place, and the rudiments of the features plotted.  This will allow the whole of Day 2 to work on the various features.

If you want to do some “prep” prior to the course, I suggest you try modelling an ear.  There are lots of YouTube examples to choose from.   I will, of course, be giving you plenty of tips & guidance, but in my experience, ears are one of the most confounding parts of the human anatomy, and if you want to save some time on day two, some practice here will definitely help!

At the end of the course, you will have a head on an armature.  If you wish to preserve your masterpiece forever, the only way would be to have it cast in either resin or bronze.  I can supply details of foundries for this option.

You will be supplied with an armature and clay, and a model.  You should bring your own tools.  I have some spare wooden modelling tools, but you must have your own: callipers, ruler/tape measure (a dressmaker’s soft tape measure is ideal) along with a ruler. A notepad & Pencil are useful.

However, your fingers are the best tools you have.  It is advisable to NAME your tools, because it is too easy unwittingly to pick up someone else’s. I really look forward to meeting you – and hope that whilst working hard, we will also have a lot of fun.


Local sculptor, Adam Roud has had many years’ experience sculpting both figurative and abstract pieces. He has been widely exhibited in the area and beyond and this two-day course provides a great opportunity to learn about his craft. He is hugely enthusiastic and passionate about sharing his knowledge of the sculpting process so this promises to be a thoroughly stimulating and rewarding experience.



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