Atelier Series Portrait Sculpture

Atelier Series: Portrait Sculpture with Neil Grant

Due to student feedback, we’ve extended our popular portrait sculpting workshop to three days!

This class is for beginner and intermediate level students who want to learn how to create realistic portraits in clay. Instructor Neil Grant teaches a step by step method that demystifies the process for sculpting a head.

Using a model and other materials as reference, students will learn how to look at a person, simplify what they are seeing and sculpt a realistic likeness. At each stage of the process, Neil will explain the theory, give a demonstration of the technique, and then work one on one with each student as they create their sculpture. The aim of the workshop is to give students a method they can take away with them and use to make portrait sculptures in the future.

“Sculpting can be great fun but to get a realistic likeness, you need to learn a process. My goal is to teach you that process in a series of logical steps. The atmosphere of the class is fun and friendly but at the same time you’ll be learning solid techniques you can take away with you,” says Neil.

The workshop takes place at Cotuit Center for the Arts on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The model, clay and sculpture stands are all included in the pricing, but students will need to bring their own lunch. Tools will be provided although students are welcome to bring their own.

About Neil Grant

Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. An award-winning artist, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor.

Neil lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he sculpts out of his studio and is part of the teaching faculty at Cotuit Center for the Arts.

“Sculpture is how I put my thoughts out into the world, and so I try to make sure that they are ideas worth sharing,” says Neil. “All sculptures have an origin story, and mine normally begin with questions such as, ‘I wonder if anyone has ever attempted that in clay before?’ or ‘It’s probably not what you’d call classical sculpture, but I wonder if people would like it?’ I love sculpture and any other form of art that fuses skill, emotion, and if it can, a bit of humor. That’s what I aim for in my work."

More details about Neil and his work can be found at