This class is 8 weeks in duration due to a public holiday.
Students are given the chance to complete a figure study and a portrait head. The pose for the figure is usually derived from a well-known 19th or 20th Century sculptor. Some preliminary drawing is done before starting to model the clay, and from measurements of the model, a method of scaling down is used for the basic proportions.
This class may have a nude model.
Gray Nicol graduated from Auckland University school of Fine Art in 1977, after which he worked on the carved sculpture program of a building project in Auckland until 1986, when he moved to London to join a carving workshop doing traditional architectural carving (mainly for the restoration of 18th Century buildings) and joined the British Master Carvers Association in 1989.
Returning to Auckland, he set up a studio workshop for the conservation of historic furniture and frames, and continued with carving and sculptural work.
Since moving to Melbourne in 2012, he has been running sculpture workshops and classes and working from a studio in Brunswick.