Clay Portrait Weekend with Karin Ort, 2021

Clay Portrait Weekend with Karin Ort, 2021

Take a couple of days out from your normal life to create a portrait in clay. We provide the model, tuition, clay, oh, and the perfect environment for total absorption! 

Taught by Karin Ort, she will take you through the whole process creating a portrait from building your armature to preparing your model for firing.  It can be as figurative or abstract as you like – the choice is yours – and Karin will help you create your artistic vision. Once finished the piece will be allowed to dry out and, once dry, will be fired in one of our kilns. It will then be yours to collect, take away and keep.

Karin has an exceptional eye for detail and is able to guide and encourage students through to reaching their creative potential.

COURSE DETAILS

DAY 1:

Armature building and getting down the basics

Learn how to build up your armature, getting the basic shape of your head.

Really observe the model, proportions and where key features sit in relation to one another.

Add more detail and facial features as the day progresses.

DAY 2:

Building up the level of detail

Learn how to construct the key facial features like eyes, ears and the mouth.

If there is time, start hollowing out your piece and piercing it ready for firing.

Karin will do it for you if time is short.

This course includes:

  • Inspiring and expert teaching from Karin Ort
  • Step-by-step guidance covering…
  • How to build a portrait head sculptured in clay 
  • The importance of keen observation of the human head and face in making your sculpture
  • How to capture the characteristics of the face – you can work as realistically or abstract as you like!
  • Mutual support from your fellow makers – and plenty of tea and coffee breaks

Suitable for?

Anyone regardless of experience.

We generally limit the age to 14 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate. Please contact James Orts and ask.

What is included in the price?

  • Two full days’ teaching (10am-4pm)
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake
  • A professional life model
  • All your materials, clay and firing of your piece in one of our kilns
  • Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
  • Beautiful countryside setting

This course is for you if:

    • You want to explore the wonderful, tactile medium of clay
    • You want to learn new skills
    • You want to have a go at capturing the human face
    • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a creative environment
    • You love creativity

You will need to bring:

Nothing, bar a packed lunch and maybe an apron if you want one!

You will be sent an automated email on booking which prompts you towards documents that help you prepare for your time here. If this does not happen then please email James before the course.

Beyond the course:

Having completed a Phoenix Studio weekend many of our students choose to explore their chosen mediums further.

They may come on another weekend course, start coming to our Creative Monday Sessions, our midweek clay life modelling terms –  one taught, one untutored (a waiting list may apply) or carry on independently at home (you can bring your pieces here for firing).

Whatever you choose, we are more than happy to help and advise you in taking those first creative steps!

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&Bs and hotels.

£210 for the whole weekend, including clay, kiln firing, portrait model, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Karin Ort is the cofounder of the Phoenix Studio.

Always creative from a young age, Karin discovered clay modelling in 1995 when she started doing weekend courses with Mary Orrom at Great Missenden. She then studied for a part time National Diploma in ceramics and surface pattern at Barnfield College, then enrolling on an HNC in 3-dimensional design.

In 2004 she started running sculpture workshops at the studio. These sessions proved so popular that over the last 14 years she has introduced many people to the delights of modelling in clay.

Karin has an exceptional eye for detail and is able to guide and encourage students through to reaching their creative potential. When not teaching at the studio, Karin produces her own work, selling it at exhibitions and through commissions.

Karin has had great feedback from her courses.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

‘My daughter and I had a wonderful weekend making a clay portrait. It was something neither of us had done before and I was a bit apprehensive at first to be able to make anything resembling a face but it was just magical, features come to life under your hands with of course the expert tuition of Karin who would just exactly help where and when it was needed. The group was really nice too, we had good chats over a cup of tea and during lunch. I got the bug for sculpting now and will do more of it in future, it is truly so much fun. Can wholeheartedly recommend this experience!’
Marijke Munro
The Portrait sculpture weekend course with Karin Ort was wonderful!! Very warm and welcoming, in the beautiful Phoenix Studio setting. Karin, our tutor was really helpful and attentive, but also left us alone when we wanted to get on and try things out for ourselves, and happy to review and offer guidance afterwards. The life model was really professional and worked hard both days.
Having your finished piece fired as part of the course was also a brilliant finish to a wonderful weekend. I look forward to doing the next one again with Karin.
Kevin Dobson

£210 for the whole weekend, including clay, kiln firing, portrait model, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


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