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Learn Portrait Sculpture

For beginner and intermediate sculptors.

Learn how to create a realistic head in clay. Sculptor Neil Grant will introduce you to portrait sculpture in this fun, friendly, and highly informative class. Topics covered will include:

  • The anatomy of the skull (and is that really the side I chew on?)
  • The planes of the face
  • Getting the shape of the head right
  • Zooming in on the features (and why can’t I stop staring at ears now?)
  • Working from a live model
  • Preparing a piece for firing

While leaving room for artistic expression, the goal of this course is to teach a simple, systematic approach to producing ceramic portraits that’s also fun. By understanding what’s going on under the surface of the face, you’ll get an appreciation of how our faces work as well as making your task of sculpting the stuff on the surface so much easier.

There will be lots of explanations, demonstrations and one-on-one guidance throughout the class, and once you’ve practiced your skills, you’ll have the opportunity to work 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