A 2-Day module for ‘A’ Level students

This 2-day intensive module will impart students with traditional skills of observation and visual understanding needed to develop drawing, observational skills and 3-D work.

The module can be extended to 3 or 4-days or repeated at a more advanced level.

Using the format of portrait sculpture and working from life, a direct and systematic protocol is followed that imparts a formal way of questioning and understanding visual perception, allowing this to be brought forward into clay.
The students will finish the 2 days with a clay bust ready for firing along with preparatory drawings and photgraphs as part of their portfolio.

Julia Enjoying her WorkJulia Enjoying her Work

The concise and focused module offers the student a chance to be taught genuine visual language skills and create experiential links to representational artworks of the past. In doing so they will be encouraged to ask the same questions as the working artist and quickly gain insights into the making and production of 3-D art work.

Luke Shepherd is a Devon based bronze portrait sculptor and educator. His folio of commissions include Billy Connolly, the late Viscount Tonypandy, Lord Crickhowell, Leo Abse and many others. He has work in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the National Library of Wales.

Thorough and challenging in his approach, Luke teaches plastic surgeons to develop their perception on Sculpture for Surgeons Course. He also teaches in art schools in the UK and Eire, at both foundation and degree level. Recently he taught this module as part of the portrait project initiated by the art department in Saltash Community School, Cornwall.

Cost: 2-days £1750  / 3-days £2400 / 4-days £3050

to include tuition, model, all materials and tools.  Extras: Transport and Accommodation.


"Luke's approach not only taught me the necessary techniques but also really made me appreciate the importance of observation. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a much greater understanding of 3D modelling. I can now relate the skills I learnt to my other A level work and feel it was a highly valuable experience for me."

Anna Ronayne — Saltash Community School 2007

Further Info: Please do not hesitate to email if you would like any further information or to arrange a course for your department.