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Portrait Sculpture Workshop

Designed for beginner and intermediate sculptors, this one-week workshop will teach you how to sculpt the head in clay and give you the practice you need to achieve a good likeness. Working initially with plaster references and then moving on to two days with a live model, instructor Neil Grant will lead you through a step by step process to learn how to look at a person, simplify what you are seeing and then sculpt a realistic likeness.

Throughout the workshop, Neil will explain the theory, give a demonstration of the technique, and then work one on one with you as you create your sculpture. The aim of the workshop is to give students a method they can take away with them and use to make great portrait sculptures in the future.

“Sculpting is great fun but to get a realistic likeness, it’s important to learn a process. The aim of this class is to teach beginners that process in a series of logical steps and to allow more experienced students to practice under guidance and to receive feedback and help. 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.

Stands and tools will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own preferred tools if they have them.

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 lives on 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

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