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Unleash your creativity with sculpture classes in New York City. From beginner-friendly workshops to advanced techniques, discover the joy of working with different materials and gain the skills to bring your artistic visions to life.

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Sculpture: Portrait

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of creating lifelike human portraits in clay with a renowned instructor. Dive deep into facial anatomy, proportions, and expressions while mastering the art of sculpting. Unleash your creativity and bring your artistic vision to life in this immersive course.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$280

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Sculpture in Clay

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and explore the ancient art of sculpting with clay. Master the techniques and tools used to shape clay into stunning works of art, from detailed figurines to abstract compositions. All skill levels are welcome in this immersive course.

(76) Beginner 18 and older
$280

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Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Master the complex forms of the human face through the art of Écorché sculpture. Build a life-size anatomical sculpture of the human head, starting with a plaster cast skull and sculpting the unique facial muscles on top. Explore the anatomy of the head through lectures, textbooks, and hands-on practice in this immersive workshop.

(148) All levels 16 and older
$400

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Sculpture: Basic Techniques for the Human Form

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your artistic vision as you delve into the intricate art of sculpting the human form. Immerse yourself in the rich history and contemporary styles as you learn the fundamental techniques of balance, gesture, and attitude. Join us and bring your imagination to life.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$280

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Ceramics: Intermediate + Advanced Handbuilding + Sculpture

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

Focusing on techniques for crafting plates, bowls, mugs, and vases, it promises to deepen your understanding of ceramics while allowing room for experimentation with glazing methods and surface textures. The exploration of basic sculptural techniques opens up new avenues for creative expression, inviting students to bring their unique ideas to the studio. 

(432) Intermediate 18 and older
$350

7 sessions

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Foundations of Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Unveil the secrets of sculpting mastery through the art of capturing life's essence with a live model. Explore the intricacies of form, rhythm, and scale, transcending mediums to elevate your artistic prowess. Join us in molding your creative vision with provided water clay and a plethora of sculpting materials.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$280

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Biomorphism in Clay

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Embark on a creative exploration in the world of ceramics, delving into the fascinating realm of biomorphism. Dive into the core science and chemistry of ceramics while gaining insights into the contemporary art scene, ensuring a well-rounded experience for creators of all levels.

(76) Beginner 18 and older
$280

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Introduction to Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Explore the world of sculpture. Discover the fundamental concepts of material, process, form, structure, and space. Unleash your creativity and experiment with a range of materials including clay, wood, metal, and plaster.

(76) Beginner 18 and older
$280

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Exploring Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Delve into the art of sculpture with hands-on guidance from experienced instructors. Explore anatomy and structure while honing your observational skills and artistic intuition. With water clay provided and an open invitation to all skill levels, unleash your creativity and bring your vision to life in three dimensions.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$280

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Small Figure Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Discover the art of sculpting the human form in this intensive class. Learn how to capture the spirit of the pose, understand anatomy and design, and develop your own personal project. No experience is necessary - all levels are welcome!

(76) All levels 18 and older
$250

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Terracotta

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and master the time-honored art of sculpting with clay. Explore the ancient technique of terracotta sculpture and learn the skills to mold and shape clay into stunning works of art. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course offers a unique opportunity to create beautiful sculptures in a variety of styles.

(76) All levels 18 and older
$280

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Resin Rubber Overview: Mold Making

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Discover the essential techniques and materials needed to create high-quality molds in the Resin Rubber Overview course at The Compleat Sculptor. Unleash your creativity and gain valuable insights into the characteristics of polyurethane, polysulfide, and silicone, and learn when to use each type of mold. Enhance your mold making skills and take your artistic endeavors to new heights.

(45) Beginner 13 and older
$55
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Stone Carving with Ailene Fields

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Discover the art of stone carving in this highly acclaimed course taught by renowned sculptor, Ailene Fields. Learn the techniques of initial roughing out, form development, and final finishing, while choosing from a variety of stone options. This individually oriented class will provide you with the essential knowledge to create your stunning stone sculptures.

(45) All levels 13 and older
$325

4 sessions

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Polymer Clay Jewelry

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity with this exciting and versatile art material that can be used for jewelry making, sculpture, home decorations, and more. No need for expensive tools or kilns -- just a convection oven and items you have at home. Join us and discover the possibilities of polymer clay.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
$355

6 sessions

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Stone Carving Class: A Skill Based Approach

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Unlock the artistry within you with our Stone Carving Class. Learn the skills necessary to manipulate tools with control and create stunning sculptures in limestone. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced carver, this sequential approach will challenge you in a supportive environment.

(45) All levels 18 and older
$325

4 sessions

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Stone Carving

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and discover the ancient art of sculpting as you delve into the history, tools, and techniques of stone carving. Master the skill of direct carving on soapstone, alabaster, or marble, crafting intricate figurative or abstract sculptures. 

(76) Beginner 18 and older
$280

4 sessions

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“Flip, Flip, Flash” Glassblowing/Hot Sculpting

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover a whole new way to work with glass in this immersive sculpting course. Dive into the world of glassblowing and learn techniques like solid and blown sculpting, hot-torch use, and teamwork. Unleash your creativity and bring your visions to life in the vibrant and dynamic hot shop environment.

(57) All levels 14 and older
$1,550

5 sessions

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Glass Dimensional Construction

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the intricate technique of "Networking" in this specialized glass construction workshop. Discover how to connect rods of glass to create hollow forms and defined silhouettes. Develop your design and technical skills to build stunning sculptures and body ornaments using this unique method.

(57) Advanced 14 and older
$1,125

5 sessions

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Neon Lab

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Illuminate your creativity in Neon Lab, where light becomes tangible art. Explore the vibrant world of neon sculpting, weaving personal narratives into glowing glass creations. With no experience necessary, discover the interplay of color, form, and interactivity, crafting luminous units to take home and cherish.

(57) All levels 18 and older
$1,150

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Ceramic Club by kaitlynsgood: Build a Pipe

kaitlynsgood @ 585 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity in this hands-on pipe crafting workshop. Join us for a beginner-friendly session where you'll sculpt, paint, and personalize your own ceramic pipe. Discover the art of pipe making and create a functional piece that's as unique as you are.

All levels 21 and older
$150
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Reviews for Sculpture Classes in NYC

Sculpture Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 1,832 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Sculpture: Portrait

    Reviewed by Carmen C. on 1/26/2024
    Our instructor was excellent! I learned so much about building an armature, clay tools, measuring out proportions of the face, and many helpful techniques for sculpting facial features.
  • Sculpture: Basic Techniques for the Human Form

    Reviewed by Marissa G. on 8/1/2023
    Such an amazing class!!
  • Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

    Reviewed by David G. on 5/17/2021
    In short, this class was a revelation. When I signed up for this class I did not consider myself an artist, and certainly not a sculptor. James showed me otherwise. He is as talented a teacher, as he is a fine artist. I learned so much in this course. It’s more than just sculpting, it’s anatomy, philosophy, drafting, studying light and shadow and more. This class was honestly an inspiration. It allowed me to pursue artistic abilities I didn’t know I had. Abilities we all have and maybe just haven’t nurtured enough. I am proud of what I made and proud to call myself a sculptor now. I look forward to working with James again on another project and would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in sculpture. Two thumbs up. 10/10. 5-stars.
  • Stone Carving with Ailene Fields

    Anonymous review on 2/27/2020
    Really enjoyable, I signed up for another month of class!
  • Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

    Reviewed by Eric M. on 1/6/2020
    James is an excellent artist and teacher and all around great guy. He is inspiring to work with and seems to truly enjoy getting the best out of his students. This is a great starter starter course but also worth taking if you have some experience sculpting. James is very hands on, not afraid to criticize but also very motivational.
  • Stone Carving with Ailene Fields

    Reviewed by ashley h. on 10/3/2018
    The class was amazing!!!! Such a fun experience and super therapeutic.
  • Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

    Reviewed by Kent E. on 9/30/2018
    Brilliant - James is extremely meticulous and knowledgeable, as well as being a great teacher and communicator. Highly recommended if you would like to do something creative, instructive and different.
  • Resin Rubber Overview: Mold Making

    Reviewed by Steve W. on 11/30/2017
    Our instructor Sarah knew so much about mold making it blows my mind. She was also very open and organized. As a beginner to moldmaking my learning curve was very high, I had so much to know. But Sarah had many examples and spoke in a way that while over my head at times made me curious and I knew there was much to know and a place I could learn from at the compleat sculptor. Much of today the day after the class I found myself comprehending more and more about what we learned. I thought the class was fantastic but it's just the beginning. I was also able to get started on my project that I went there curious to learn about

Discover the Best Sculpture Classes in NYC

Sculpture is artwork that is three-dimensional, and has been used as a form of self-expression since ancient times. Sculptors work with a variety of different materials; clay, wood, and metal are some of the more common ones, but some sculptures incorporate less conventional items such as recycled materials, or “found” objects. Sculptures can range in size from small objects to large public monuments, and can also exist in a variety of styles such as realistic, or more abstract, or conceptual.

Why You Should Learn Sculpture in NYC

Sculptors develop a number of different skills that can be useful in other settings. For example, they learn to work with many different tools and materials, and they develop their hand-eye coordination and spatial and problem-solving skills. Sculptors also need to learn persistence and patience, since some sculptures can take months to complete. All of these things can be assets in any type of creative career, including other types of art, but also in jobs like engineering or design. 

Learning sculpture is also a way to do something creative. Sculptors can experiment with a wide range of different materials, manipulating and combining them in an even greater number of different forms. In recent years, some sculptors have even started to add other elements–such as sound, light, or video projection–to their work in order to create an interactive viewer experience. Many people say that the high level of creative freedom associated with sculpting is very rewarding.

In-Person Sculpture Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person sculpture classes are one of the most popular ways to learn to sculpt, and there are many options in New York City. Wagner College Lifelong Learning offers Open Studio–Figure Sculpture, which takes place on Saturday mornings and runs for four sessions. Students in this class use a long-term pose, and sculpt with clay, however, they are also welcome to draw or paint from the pose. This class costs $150, which includes the model fee, clay, and firing costs. Wagner College is located on Grymes Hill in the borough of Staten Island. Its Lifelong Learning Program helps students of all ages gain enrichment, diversity, and self-empowerment.

Brooklyn-based UrbanGlass offers a hollow core casting class called Casting the Void, where students learn to cast sculptural objects with interior voids that can be viewed from the outside. The class also covers writing kiln programs, coldworking, and polishing glass. There are seven sessions in total, and tuition is $1,240. Glass casting experience is helpful for students planning to take this class, but it is not required. UrbanGlass is the largest public-access glass facility in the New York area, and also functions as a studio for more than a hundred different artists. It runs classes on a variety of glass-related crafts.

The Compleat Sculptor also offers sculpting classes. Stone Carving Class: A Skill Based Approach is $295 for four sessions. Classes run on Tuesday evenings, and new students can join at any time. Students learn to use stone carving tools sequentially, practicing each new skill with an assigned project. They eventually work up to designing original sculptures. The price of this course also includes open studio time. It is designed for beginners, but can also be beneficial for more advanced carvers. Basic tools are provided, however, students must buy a limestone block for essential projects. The Compleat Sculptor sells sculpture supplies and runs a variety of different sculpture classes. It is located in New York City, near the Flatiron Building.

In addition to stone carving, the Compleat Sculptor also runs a variety of other types of sculpture classes. Introduction to Direct Sculpting in Wax is a three-hour workshop in wax sculpting. Students learn to produce wax molds that can be cast in bronze, silver, or glass. Tuition is $235, and includes all materials. Students also get to keep their sculpting tool. Resin Rubber Overview: Mold Making is a two-hour class focused on making molds. Students learn about various mold-making materials, and how to use them to make molds. The class is designed for beginners, Tuition is $55.

Michelle Greene Sculpture also offers sculpting classes. Greene is a working artist, and has also taught at a number of universities. Her studio is in Brooklyn. Mig Welding is a two-hour class that costs $280. This class is limited to only two students, who learn to set up the machine, tack, and run a bead. Students create a small sculpture to take home with them. They should wear closed-toed leather or suede shoes, cotton socks, and a long-sleeved cotton shirt, and bring a long-sleeved sweatshirt. Welding gear is supplied. Greene also offers other types of welding classes including Introduction to Oxy-Acetylene Welding, where students learn to braze with a torch. 

East Village Hats runs a sculpting class called Sculpting Flowers in Thermoplastic. This class costs $595, and runs for two sessions. It is designed both for students interested in making hats, and those who want to learn about working with thermoplastic. Students learn to combine thermoplastic and silk to make headpieces, creating patterns, and using coloring techniques. All materials are included. East Village Hats is located in New York City’s East Village, and sells a variety of different handmade hats.

Virtual Sculpture Classes & Schools

Another way to learn sculpting is to enroll in a virtual sculpture class. Virtual classes are a good option for students who don’t live near an in-person school, or are unable to commute to one. With the virtual format, students are still able to learn from a live instructor; they just do so via a conferencing platform like Zoom, rather than in person. A downside to the virtual format is that students generally have to supply their own sculpting tools and materials, unlike with an in-person class, where these are often supplied.

The non-profit Evanston Art Center runs a virtual sculpting class called Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Making Sculpture, where students create sculptures using non-traditional materials. The goal of this course is for students to learn to break down the boundaries that are imposed by the use of traditional sculpting materials. Fishing line and kitchen shears are needed for the first class session. Classes take place via Zoom, and tuition is $375. 

Portrait Sculpture is another virtual sculpture class option. This course is offered by Grand Central Atelier, which is a non-profit art school based in Queens, New York. Curriculum for this class includes sculpting a portrait from a live model, sculpting specific expressions, and infusing life in a sculpture. Students also learn about recycling materials, using measurements, and maintaining clay at home. Tuition is $495.

A variety of other visual and fine-art skills can also be learned virtually. For instance, the Chicago Botanic Garden offers a weaving class that has eight sessions, and costs $374. In Introduction to Weaving, the instructor begins by helping students construct their own looms. After that, they learn about a number of different tapestry approaches and weaving techniques. A supply list is sent out after registration is complete.

Some people also like learning to sew virtually. The New York Sewing Center offers a virtual four-session class called Sewing 101, which covers many different sewing skills including understanding sewing terminology, reading a commercial pattern, choosing the right fabric, setting in a zipper and waistband, and using different stitches and seam finishes. Students create a drawstring pouch and a pair of drawstring pants or a skirt. Tuition is $450, and supply lists are provided on the first day of class.

Private Group Sculpture Classes in NYC

For New York City residents who want to plan a fun group activity or team-building event, CourseHorse offers sculpture classes for private groups. The booking process for these classes is simple, with no registration required, no booking fees, and a class confirmation emailed within 24 hours of booking.

For groups that want to learn sculpting, there is a class called Virtual Clay Hand Building. This class costs $75 per person, and can accommodate up to 500 people. Participants learn a variety of different pottery techniques, and then create either a candle holder or a planter. No prior experience is needed, and all materials are provided. Sculptures are made from air-dry clay, which does not need to be dried in a kiln.

Another popular group art class is the Virtual Mosaic Tray Workshop. In this class, participants use mosaic tiles to create a design on a tray, and add grout to stabilize the design. All necessary materials are shipped to participants ahead of time. This class costs $85 per person, and can be taken by up to 100 people.

The Polymer Clay Jewelry class also involves sculpting with clay. In this class, instructors cover a variety of different techniques, and then participants create their own custom jewelry. Clay, sculpting tools, and accessories are all shipped ahead of time. This group class costs $85 per person, and can be taken by up to 500 people. 

There is a flexible change policy for all group classes booked through CourseHorse, which allows changes to the total group size up to 72 hours before the event, as long as the minimum group size has been met. To learn more about scheduling a private group sculpture class, contact CourseHorse.

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