Portrait Sculpture Classes
The Society runs regular 3-day portrait sculpture classes for sculptors of all levels. To assist in the selection process, applicants are asked to complete an application form and send photos of recent work. For 2023 there will be three separate classes taught by members of the SPS.
Classes for 2023
Marcus Cornish class at Heatherleys School Art in Chelsea, London
3 days Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday, 31st July
Portrait head in wax all levels £250.00
Equipment required for students - Metal wax modelling tools would be good, callipers, knife, drawing equipment and small mirror.
Ellen Christiansen classes - Two 4 day classes
3rd - 6th March and October 20th - 23rd
(Fri - Mon) at her studio in London SE8
1st day drawing + 3 day Portrait head in clay
Intermediate - advanced level only £295.00
Etienne Millner at his own studio in London SW8
3 days 25 - 27th November 2023 (Sat - Mon) £250.00
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(2023 classes), then follow instruction on its completion and how to submit.
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Pictured: Etienne’s class
Tutor: Marcus Cornish MA RCA MRSS
Marcus Cornish gained a first class honours degree in Sculpture from Camberwell School of Art followed by an MA from the Royal College of Art. In 1993 Marcus was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He won a scholarship to India to study the work of Ayanar Potter Priests and was awarded a Henry Moore scholarship to pursue ceramic art. He was artist-in-residence at the Museum of London in 2005-6 and at an Ibstock brick factory for a year. He was also invited to be official tour artist on a diplomatic tour to Eastern Europe with HRH The Prince of Wales and as tour artist with the British Army in Kosovo. Recently, Marcus carried out commissions for the Watts Gallery and The Royal Society. His work has been recognised in a number of awards both nationally and internationally and covered in The Times, Independent and Sculpture Magazines.
Tutor: Ellen Christiansen
Ellen won the Founders Sculpture Prize in 2015 and the Heatherleys prize in 2018. She exhibited with Messums Wiltshire in their prestigious ‘Heads’ show 2018 and was on the panel for their Brian Taylor retrospective discussion. She has work in international collections.
Ellen was a student of Brian Taylor at Camberwell Art School and worked with him for many years as model, assistant and on her own sculpture. She works with the ‘pointing’ measuring technique he developed from stone carving. She is the only one of his Camberwell students who is still working in this way.’
Ellen Christensen studio address:
Studio 98 (door 3 corner Rolt St)
Childers Street, London
Tutor: Etienne Millner FRSS
Etienne trained at Goldsmith's College in the 1970s where he was greatly influence by one of the teaching staff, Ivor Roberts-Jones who is best known for his Winston Churchill sculpture in Parliament Square. Commissions have included monumental portraiture, figure groups, busts of politicians, writers, musicians, and his well known portraits of children. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Peoples Portraits 2000, New Faces at the NPG and has had a one man show at Cadogan Contemporary. His work is held in a number of public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, as well as in numerous private collections at home and abroad.