Special Workshops

We run special workshops throughout the year, including: Winter and Summer Holiday Schools, Sculpture in a Day Courses, as well as one off workshops with visiting artists.

If you have any questions or are an Artist and would like to propose a workshop, please contact the Studio.

Alabaster Carving with Carol Crawford

Sat 8 & Sun 9 July

Early Bird: $490.30, Full Fee: $545.30

A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of alabaster carving and learn from popular guest teacher Carol Crawford.

Carol is a specialist alabaster sculptor who works predominantly with alabaster and who is known for her soft sensuous forms.  Carol will also be assisted by artist Elena Murgia, who specialises in marble carving.  For this weekend course Carol and Elena will guide you on the use of different hand tools, and how to realise a beautiful form out of the rough stone you have chosen. 

Alabaster is a very fine, stable beautiful stone that can be easily carved, it can be translucent or opaque white, salmon orange, brown or blue or a combination.  

For this workshop you will be working with beautiful white alabaster (translucent and opaque) shipped all the way from Italy.

This is a workshop not to be missed!  Places are strictly limited and early bookings are encouraged for this popular course.

* Please note that this course will give participants a good foundation to create a unique alabaster sculpture.  As each person works at an individual pace, some people may find they need a bit more time to complete their sculpture and this can be done by booking in for some casual workshop classes during term time at TBSSS.

Fees include one piece of stone of up to 2kg, as well as the use of chisels, files and finishing sandpapers during the workshop.  Upsizing your piece of stone for the workshop or purchasing additional stone for your own use will also be possible for people attending the workshop.

Earlybird discount finishes 24 June.

Visit Carol’s website: www.carolcrawfordsculpture.net

9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Modelling from Life: the Full Figure with Monika Scarrabelotti

Fridays: 4 August – 15 September 2023 (7 weeks)

$695.30 (Earlybird)
$770.30 (General)

Learn the principles of modelling the figure in clay! Designed to develop the student’s understanding of the form and structure of the human body, this course will be an intensive life study focusing on human anatomy and observation.

Working from a female model in a standing pose for seven weeks, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of anatomy, the rhythms and movable masses of the body, proportion and language of sculptural form. Students will develop skills in armature building, clay modelling and training of the observational eye. In order to have optimal time with a model, this course is intended as an intensive life study only, not to complete a finished sculpture.

Students who would like to translate their work into a cast can do so by enrolling in a workshop class at the Tom Bass Studio. Suitable for beginners through to advanced levels, this course will teach the foundations of the classical figure in sculpture.

*Early Bird discount finishes 21 July.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm