The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School is unique. Founded by Tom Bass in 1974, it is Australia’s oldest and most respected institution dedicated to teaching sculpture in the classic atelier tradition.

Working in a large fully-equipped studio, students of all levels learn one-on-one from professional and dedicated sculptors in a friendly, creatively stimulating atmosphere.

Whether you’re sculpting in clay, stone, direct plaster, papier mache, wax or wire, you will be challenged and empowered to learn to ‘see’ and be inspired to develop your own creative expression. At TBSSS you’ll find yourself absorbed in another world apart from the everyday.

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Student participation requirements, please see below:

–       It is an expectation that all students are vaccinated (or medically exempt).

–       Masks are encouraged.

–       Students, teachers and staff are required to adhere to the TBSSS COVID-19 Safety Plan (as outlined by staff and in our enrolment T&Cs)

TBSSS continues to work to keep our staff and students safe, monitoring and adjusting our TBSSS COVID-19 Safety Plan and updating our community as necessary.

Thank you for your support.

“We teach you to see,
not merely to look.”

Tom Bass, 1916 – 2010

Course Overview


10 Weeks

Our 3 hour workshops are suitable for students of all skill levels, and aim to develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of creating sculpture.


Special Workshops

We offer a range of special workshops including one day and weekend courses, intensive courses or workshops over a few weeks. You can learn to carve stone, create sculptural ceramic works, work from the life study, plus much more…


Life Study

Working from a life model, this is an opportunity for the in-depth study of pose, exploring rhythm and expression of the human form. The Life Study runs at different times of the year, as short intensive workshops and extended terms. This class is suitable for intermediate and experienced students.


Term Dates 2023

Term 2: Monday 24 April – Saturday 1 July

Term 3: Monday 17 July – Thursday 21 September – enrolments open Thursday 1 June at 11am.

Term 4: Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December