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A leading sculpture academy set in the heart of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire founded by sculptor Brendan Hesmondhalgh.

Based within in a busy working studio of successful artists and creative professional practitioners, we specialise in sculpture courses for the beginner, intermediate or experienced applicant. With a history of over five years of summer schools and workshops behind us we offer courses in a wide variety of media; inspiring, informing and involve all in the creation of work and the development of skills.

We will be leading 3, 4 & 5 day courses in sculpture, look out for our new 1 day taster courses also. For more information about our workshops and courses please contact us directly. To do this please refer to our contact page.


"I came on Brendan's course because I wanted to learn how to sculpt more freely... I took away with me far more than I could have hoped for: a renewed confidence, a fresh perspective, and memories of an exhilarating week in a company of many talented people I will definitely go back again and take advantage of the sculpture lounges great facilities and generous stocks of clay." - Christine Pike, Anglican Potters.
 

Upcoming Workshops

Please click one of the following dates for more information and booking details.

5 - Day Master Class Clay Sculpture Dates:

 

The master class is a course designed for intermediate to advanced artists /potters /ceramicists /sculptors. It is not recommended for beginners. This course is designed to progress the makers skills and knowledge that little bit further.

All aspects of materials, material choice, kilns/ kiln firings, finishing will be covered.

There are daily demonstrations to the group and individual as required, help is always on hand. Numbers are restricted on this course to allow students enough tutor time.

The materials provided on this course are the materials I use myself and are all of professional quality. There is no restriction or extra charges for materials or firings on this course. The only additional charge will be for a glazing day at a later date if required.

Part of the course will include an excursion for research and preliminary studies. (Weather permitting).

Predominately it is an animal sculpture course although I am flexible on the subject matter. We focus on technique and pushing the material to its limits to achieve exciting results. The work produced on this course is often on a larger scale.

You may find yourself making a large scale bust or a series of sculptures. We focus on movement, expression and clayness!!!

The course is designed to complete a finished piece of clay sculpture and focused upon the student leaving with the feeling of being inspired to go back to your own studios/classes/homes, armed with new techniques to try.

There are no general size restrictions as we have very large kilns!

We look forward to meeting you.

To download my booking form click here

1 - Day Taster Course Clay Sculpture Dates: 

The one day taster course is a new course for 2013 and focuses on entry level animal/figure sculpture. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner or an accomplished maker.

The course will start with a morning meet and greet session, with teas and coffees provided.

There will a brief introduction, followed by a short slide show of inspirational images, giving you examples of what is possible in clay and what is being produced by some of the country’s leading professional makers.

A demonstration on animal sculpture will follow, before lunch is provided.

The afternoon will continue with a practical workshop in clay, where everyone will have the opportunity to produce their own mini sculpture in clay, guidance will be provided.

This course is for those who would like to ‘dip there toe in the water’, and hopefully go away being inspired to have a go independently, or to attend a short course at the sculpture lounge studios in the future. Anybody attending a 1 day taster course will be given a voucher for 10% discount on booking a short course run by Brendan Hesmondhalgh.

To download my booking form click here

3 - Day Animal Clay Sculpture Dates: 

This course is for all levels. This course is designed to push the maker that little bit further.

It’s a great introductory level course, but equally suitable for the advanced maker. A lot of work is achieved in a short space of time. A course brief will be sent prior to your arrival to give you some guidance on the daily structure of the course.

All aspects of materials, material choice, kilns/ kiln firings, finishing will be covered.

There are daily demonstrations to the group and individual when required, help is always on hand. Numbers are restricted on this course to allow students enough tutor time.

The materials provided on this course are the materials I use myself and are all of professional quality. There are no extra charges for materials or firings. The only additional charge will be for a glazing day at a later date if required.

Predominately it is an animal sculpture course although i am flexible on the subject matter. We focus on technique and pushing the material to its limits to achieve exciting results.

The course is very much designed to send you away with a finished piece of clay sculpture and feeling very much inspired to go back to your own studios/classes, armed with new techniques to try.

We look forward to meeting you

To download my booking form click here

4 - Day Handbuilding Course