Neil portrait edit

Developing Your Portrait Sculpture

This class looks to further develop the skills of students who have some experience of portrait sculpture either through a class at Cotuit Center for the Arts, some form of structured training elsewhere, or who have spent some time teaching themselves and want to progress further.

Sculptor Neil Grant will lead you in a fun and relaxed atmosphere through a series of exercises focusing on individual facial features (eyes, ears, nose and mouth) designed to create your own reference library of fired pieces that you can keep. Once you’ve completed that assignment, Neil will lead you through creating the whole head as a portrait in clay. You’ll learn how to correctly position each of the individual features within the ‘map of the face’ to create a realistic likeness.

There will be lots of explanations, demonstrations and one-on-one guidance throughout the class, and once you’ve built your reference library and are familiar with the map of the face, you’ll be ready to start working with a live model.

All materials are provided but students are welcome to bring their own tools if they have them.

About the Instructor

Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. The winner of the 2018 Newby Patrons Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor.

Neil is the Director of Clay Arts for Cotuit Center for the Arts and chairs the Center’s Curatorial Committee. He is represented by Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown.

More details about Neil and his work can be found at

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at