On a Wednesday afternoon, Sixth Form pupils had the privilege of attending a life class sculpture workshop under the direction of the sculptor Emma Jean Kemp (OO), whose work with figures from life aims to explore an expression of the human experience.

Our observations in clay were made from a female model who posed on a pedestal. The workshop began from the bottom up, with a demonstration of how to build the clay figure’s base. As Emma rotated the pedestal every ten minutes to change the perspective in the round, we learned how to focus on and shape the model’s proportions.

We were assisted and encouraged throughout the workshop, and ended up with sculptures to be proud of. For most of us, clay was a new material to work with, and the workshop was an introduction to a sculpting process that we would like to pursue further.

Zara (D)