Sculptor’s Hut -
Sculpting

An art form that is three dimensional in nature, one that lets you give life to your imagination with your hands and gives you a sense of pure creation – that is the art of Sculpting. The art of sculpting embodies our traditional heritage, especially so when we turn back the pages of Tamil Nadu history, sculpting can be seen as an art of great importance and value. It was a form of celebration of life and used in all great monuments and temples of that era.

Life & Art Academy is a pioneer in the field, offering Professional Certificate Courses in Sculpting at beginner and advanced levels. We are proud to hold the distinction of offering courses that are beyond the usual, such as Metal Sculpting and Stone Sculpting, apart from traditional Clay and Wood Sculpting.

At Sculptor’s Hut, we give you an opportunity to learn and explore the art of Sculpting using different materials – Clay, Wax, Wood, Plaster of Paris, Stone, Metal etc. We offer a comprehensive Professional Certificate Course in Sculpting, which is designed for budding sculptors who wish to pursue the art as a full-fledged career. We also offer a range of Certificate Courses, which gives the students the flexibility to choose from the various mediums of sculpting.

Our courses start from the basic level and are open to all, irrespective of any prior experience in sculpting. We offer an Introductory course in Sculpting which familiarizes the students to the art of sculpting, giving them an opportunity to understand the art. Once the students have completed this course, they have the choice of opting from any of our Certificate Courses. Our Advanced Certificate students need not take the Introductory Course, as it is a part of their curriculum.

The courses that we offer at Life & Art for sculpting are:

Course Information
  • 15 Months Full time Professional Certificate Course
    • Tues to Sat: 10.30am – 1pm
  • Introductory Course
  • Module 1 – Human Form
  • Module 2 – Animal anatomy
  • Module 3 – Abstract
  • Module 4 – Wood
  • Module 5 – Stone
  • Module 6 – Metal Form
Dates And Timings
Wed & Thurs: 10.30am - 12.30pm, 3pm - 5pm & 5pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 12.30pm, 3pm - 5pm & 5pm - 7pm
Sunday: 10.30am - 12.30pm &
12.30pm - 2.30pm
How to apply

An easy 3 step process to begin your artistic journey.

Step 1: Click here to download the enrollment form of your chosen program.

Step 2: Fill it up with your details

Step 3: Bring it to our academy along with 2 passport photos and a copy of any valid ID proof.

Our only condition - We want to meet you; hence the student must be present while submitting the form.

Professional Certificate Course in Sculpting

Life & Art Academy’s Professional Certificate Course in Sculpting is designed to suit everyone, beginners and experienced people,who see themselves as future sculptors – either professionally or for personal fulfilment. It is open to everyone who is passionate about sculpting and are interested to pursue it as a full time career.

In the first semester, students are introduced to sculpting using clay. They are taught how to handle clay, creating sculptures using both hand building techniques and sculpting tools. They are given a thorough understanding of the scope of clay sculpting – creation of complete human anatomy (with and without armature), individual body parts such as face, bust etc., assembling of different parts to create a complete sculpture, animal anatomy, abstract sculpting. They are also encouraged to explore their creative side by creating abstract and unusual shapes and forms etc. Students are given intense training through many practice hours, where they perfect the art of detailing and creating intricate features in their sculptures. They are taught how to work towards creating life-like resemblance and accuracy in all their work.

In the second semester, students opt for a specialization. They have the choice of specializing in clay sculpting and continuing to advance their learning thus far, by advancing to more complex techniques and larger sculptures. They also have the option to specialize in any of the other mediums of sculpting such as Wood, Stone or Metal. In each of these modules, students are taught the art from the fundamentals, handling the various tools and application of their learning to create beautiful sculptures. For more information on individual modules, click here.

Our Advanced Certificate Students have the privilege of learning the art of sculpting in far more detail than our Certificate Courses, as students will spend many more sessions in learning the art. There would be many sessions of direct interaction with our Director, who would mentor them while developing their art work. There are many techniques that are exclusively taught to our Advanced Certificate students, unavailable in our Certificate Courses. The Professional Certificate Course is ideal for those who want to gain a complete understanding of the art of sculpting and become a highly talented and skilled sculptor.

Programme Fee: The Semester 1 fee is Rs.1,20,000/-. Second Semester fee will be as per specialization as per given below:

Specialization Semester 2 fee
Wood Rs. 75,000/-
Metal Rs. 50,000/-
Stone Rs. 50,000/-

Duration: 15 months: (1st Semester - 10 months & 2nd Semester – 5 months)

Introductory course – First Time Sculptor

(mandatory before proceeding with any of the Certificate Courses)

In this course, students would get their first glimpse into the world of sculpting. They would be introduced to Clay, Sculpting Tools and Fundamental Sculpting Techniques. They would learn to sculpt using different types of clay such as Stoneware Clay, Earthenware Clay and Synthetic Clay.

Students will be taught the integral parts of sculpting that include - Preparation of clay (Wedging, Kneading, Coil Making, Slab rolling, Pinching and Joining clay), Demonstration on modelling a 3D form, Solid Modelling, Hollow Modelling and 2D Relief Work. They would also be taught how to construct a basic armature for building the human head.

Rs.15,000/-

Course duration: 8 weeks; 16 classes of 2 hours each (twice a week)
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Certificate Courses

Module 1 -
Sculpting of the Human Form

Level 1 - Figurative Sculpting

In this module, students will be introduced to the human anatomy, especially the skeletal and muscle system in detail. They would learn how to create the different parts of the human body; fingers, feet, male and female torso, the human head, legs and arms. They would learn to sculpt each of these parts individually andhow to assemble them together to create one whole beautiful human form. They would be taught to create both the female and male anatomies, with and without armatures.

The focus of this course will be on teaching students how to master the precision and detailing of the human features.The sculpting of the human body ischallenging and requires immense concentration, understanding and practice from the students. At the same time, this is also a very enjoyable art form, which the students will discover in their journey of sculpting. Most of our students are hooked to sculpting for life after this course!

At the end of this level, students will have to submit a project in which they would have to create a complete human form to perfection. They would be graded on this project and will be awarded certificates.

Rs.20,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Level 2 - Portraiture

In this module, students will learn how to perfectly re-create a human face and bust in-detail. While in the previous level, students learn anatomy, in this level they would further enhance their skill in creating sculptures based on real life models. They would be taught the art of capturing the features and facial structures of existing human beings. This level requires a higher degree of skill from the students and is open only to students who have successfully completed the previous level.

Level 2 begins with a basic photography session, where students will be taught how to capture their models in the right angles, which would be the reference for their sculptures. Students will learn how to study a human face, planes, proportions, capturing the different expressions etc., and transferring that knowledge into their creations. They would learn higher level of techniques and precision and how to give that finesse and realistic feel to their sculptures.

At the end of this level, students will have to submit a project in which they would have to recreate a bust from a live model to perfection. They would be graded on this project and will be awarded certificates.

Rs.15,000/-

Course duration: 8 weeks; 16 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Module 2 -
Animal anatomy

In this module, students are introduced to animal anatomy and how to create sculptures of birds and four-legged animals. Students would be taught construct strong armatures for their sculptures to capture animals in different postures, in action/movement, their facial features etc. They will learn the art of clayapplication and the usage of different tools to create impressions of different textures like hair, fur etc.

At the end of this level, students will have to submit 2 projects – one of an animal and bird each. They would be graded on this project and will be awarded certificates.

Rs.18,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Module 3 -
Abstract sculpting

This is a course where your imagination is given an opportunity to express itself. There are no limitations to your creativity and this is your space to give form to your perceptions.

In this course, students are taught the techniques of sculpting – but in a broader sense. They are encouraged to think beyond what they see and try to create sculptures from their imagination. For example, some students choose to sculpt stick figures, graphic elements and objects represented in their new and unique ways. There are no set rules of proportions or sizes – what you create is directly from your mind.

Students will be encouraged to try their hand at different mediums like clay,wax, cement, plaster of Paris etc. to give shape to their creativity. These classes will provide the right guidance and mentoring required for them to translate their imagination into interesting sculptures.

At the end of this level, students will have to submit a project which showcases the different techniques they have learnt across the various mediums. They would be graded on this project and will receive course completion certificates.

Rs.22,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Module 4 -
Wood Sculpting

Level 1:

The art of sculpting is very diverse and can be brought to life through many mediums. Wood Sculpting is one such unique medium, where the beauty of wood is enhanced by the creative touch of a skilled artist. Some of finest pieces of sculpting in the world have been created through wood, and we now present you an opportunity to learn this art. There are many budding artists in Chennai who have yearned for a place to explore and learn the art of wood sculpting. If you share this thirst for knowledge in wood sculpting, this is your chance to learn and grow.

In Level 1, students are introduced to different types of wood, the tools involved and methods of carving. They will learn how to create basic shapes, forms and 3D relief work. Once they master the basics, they will advance to more complicated stages of sculpting, learning to create the human forms through wood and other 3D Sculptures.

This module has been designed in a structured manner to teach students right from the basic level. The complexity of the course is increased based on the students pace of learning and comfort with the art. In this stage students would be creating all art through manual tools of wood sculpting.

Rs.35,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Level 2:

Students of Level 2 would now have a better understanding and confidence towards the art of wood sculpting.They will now advance to machine tools and create more complex and detailed sculptures. Their carving skills would be more intricate and they will learn how to bring finesse to their art forms. They will master how to use the machine tools to their advantage and speed their process of creation, while keeping quality hand – in- hand.

Level 2 is an interesting stage where students really start to enjoy wood sculpting. Students who wish to pursue this module as a career will find this module helpful.

Level 2, however, is only available to select students. The use of machine tools carry a risk of injury and only students who have demonstrated the required skill, ability and interest towards this art in Level 1, qualify to Level 2. The eligibility of students would be determined by our Director.Students who enrol for this module are responsible for their own safety and cannot hold management responsible for any injuries sustained.

Rs.35,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Module 5 -
Stone Sculpting

Level 1:

The history of stone sculpting can be traced back to more thousand years, to days where sculpting was one of the most important forms of art and profession. Stone sculptures were used to adorn temples, palaces, monuments and important places, which are seen by us even today. Stone Sculptures are everlasting and withstand the test of time, remaining unchanged for many decades. The best example for this sculpting can be found in our own Mahabalipuram, where the sculptures erected by the great Pallavas, still stand tall and attract tourists from all over the world. Such is the immortal beauty of stone sculptures. Here is your chance to learn this art and create your own everlasting collection.

In Level 1 of Stone Sculpting, students are introduced to the basics of art and how to handle a tough medium like stone. Stone is not pliable like clay and needs effort and skill to be modelled as per the artist’s wish. It is a challenging medium that requires patience and precision. Students begin by understanding the characteristics of stone and how to use hand tools to give it shape and features. With expert guidance and mentorship by Life & Art Academy faculty, students will learn to enjoy the beauty of this art and create small shapes and structures using hand tools.

Rs.30,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Level 2:

Level 2 is designed for students who wish to advance their learning of stone sculpting by now graduating to machine tools. The use of machine tools will quicken the process of sculpting, enabling artists to create fine sculptures in a short span of time. Sculptures created in this stage carry a higher level of complexity, both in detailing and in size. Students now advance to more complicated shapes and intricate detailing such as facial features, folds of cloth, human and animal anatomy etc. This is an ideal course for students who wish to pursue stone sculpting as a career.

Level 2, however, is only available to select students. The use of machine tools carry a risk of injury and only students who have demonstrated the required skill, ability and interest towards this art in Level 1, qualify to Level 2. The eligibility of students would be determined by our Director.Students who enrol for this module are responsible for their own safety and cannot hold management responsible for any injuries sustained.

Rs.30,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Module 6 -
Metal Sculpting

Metal Sculpting is a unique and interesting form of art. Compared to other forms of sculpting, the medium of metal is relatively new and brings with it a new-age feel. Metal Sculpting is a contemporary art, which is predominantly abstract in nature.

Metal sculptures are created from small pieces of metal (scrap metal), which are given individual shape and welded together to create bigger masterpieces. The sculptures created are stylish and have an air of elegance about them. They are a popular choice of interior decoration in many high profile locations such as five star hotels, resorts, airports, galleries etc., The beauty of metal sculptures is that they are not limited to fixed ideas and forms. Being highly abstract in nature, they are born out of the artist’s imagination and can be of any random shape, graphics, new interpretations and creations. Therefore, this art gives an artist complete freedom of expression to create anything from anything.

In the Metal Sculpting module, students are introduced to the different types of metal and the tools used in sculpting. The techniques of metal sculpting involve cutting, welding and firing. Students are taught how to give shape to metal based on their creativity and create their own range of unique sculptures. They are taught how to assemble different pieces of created shapes and make the end result stylish and elegant.

However, Metal Sculpting is not available to all students. The risk level involved in this course is quite high due to welding and firing. Only students with the right aptitude and risk appetite can try their hand at metal sculpting. Eligibility of students for metal sculpting will be decided by Life & Art Academy’s Director. Students who enrol for this module are responsible for their own safety and cannot hold management responsible for any injuries sustained.

Rs.35,000/-

Course duration: 12 weeks; 24 classes of 2.5 hours each (twice a week)
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Grading & Fee Structure:

Professional Certificate Course:

Students pursuing the Professional Certificate Course in Sculpting would have to take up a final examination, comprising of both written and practical tests. The examination will be spread over 4 days, with a 1 hour written test and 2 hours practical assessments for 3 days. The student will have to take up the exam independently, with no guidance from our teachers and will be graded by our Director. Apart from the exam, the student will have also have to submit a final project, which will contribute to the overall grade. Based on satisfactory performance in the project and the exam, students will be awarded their Advanced Certificate in Sculpting.

Examination Fee: Rs.5000/- (inclusive of materials)

Certificate Courses:

Students of all Modules would have to submit a final project at the end of their respective course. They would be graded on their work and upon satisfactory completion, certificates will be awarded.

Grading Structure:

Grade A – Excellent understanding and application of course content

Grade B – Good understanding and application of course content

Grade C – Good understanding of course content and displays scope for improvement in application

Fee Structure:

The fee structure for all our programmes are given below:

Professional Certificate Course
Semester 1 Rs.1,20,000/-
Semester 2
(based on any one of the specializations below)
Wood
Stone
Metal


Rs.75,000/-
Rs.50,000/-
Rs.50,000/-
Introductory Course
First Time Sculptor
(mandatory before any of the Certificate Courses)

Rs.15,000/-
Certificate Courses
Module 1 – Sculpting of the Human Form
Level 1
Level 2

Rs. 20,000/-
Rs. 15,000/-
Module 2 – Animal Anatomy Rs. 18,000/-
Module 3 – Abstract Sculpting Rs. 22,000/-
Module 4 – Wood Sculpting
Level 1
Level 2

Rs. 35,000/-
Rs. 35,000/-
Module 5 – Stone Sculpting
Level 1
Level 2

Rs. 30,000/-
Rs. 30,000/-
Module 6 – Metal Sculpting Rs. 35,000/-

Please note: All students will be charged Rs.500/- as a one-time registration fee for all course at Life & Art Academy.

Life & Art Academy
Membership

Our relationship with the students is not limited to just the duration of the course. After completing the course, students are welcome to become members of the Life & Art Academy as Practicing Sculptors and continue to use our studio to keep in touch with the art. Basic membership charges begin from Rs.7000/- onwards (not inclusive of material charges). Depending on usage requirements, charges may vary which will be discussed in person.

Career Scope

The art of sculpting presents good career scope for skilled and talented artists. The world of interior decoration and architecture offers many opportunities for sculptors to prove their worth. Installation of murals, thematic sculptures in corporate offices, installations in art galleries, high profile locations, hotels, resorts etc. are all done by sculptors. Talented artists can set up their own sculpting studio and cater to creating customized décor and handmade articles. In today’s world, the value for handmade articles has gained paramount importance. Handmade sculptures and pottery items are fast becoming the preferred gifting choices. Corporate and personal gifting, customized orders for human face and bust sculpting, sculpting of popular themes Lord Buddha, Ganesha, Shiva etc., teaching sculpting to others etc. are all good career options. However, there is a good scope only for talented artists who have been trained well. Do enrol with Life & Art Academy to learn and perfect the art of sculpting and begin your career as a sculptor.