Contemporary Figurative Sculpture


18 – 22 January 2021, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 14 December 2020
Caz Haswell

Explore the expressive qualities of the human body as a point of departure and develop figurative forms in clay and other materials. Learn traditional methods of working from a life model in the studio, to establish a structural foundation from which to experiment with alternative approaches to reinterpreting the figure, with a contemporary perspective.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

5 Available

Full Details

Term: Summer School Week Two 2021
Start Date: 18 January 2021
End Date: 22 January 2021
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Teacher: Caz Haswell
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $800.00
Early Fee: $725.00
Concession Fee: $765.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Explore the body as a point of departure to develop figurative forms in clay and other materials with a contemporary perspective. Be introduced to traditional methods of working with the body from a life model in the studio to establish a structural foundation from which to experiment with alternative approaches to reinterpreting the figure. Caz Haswell opens you to the expressive qualities of the human body, and how it can be modified by exaggerating, distorting and altering individual elements by fusing and binding a variety of materials together to create truncated and elongated forms. Learn how to work with materials such as clay, and combine fabric, paper, clothing, polystyrene foam and detritus together to create an interpretation of the body that challenges conventional definition. Also experiment with the application of wax and latex to solidify forms. Caz references historical and contemporary artists such as Rodin, Sarah Lucas, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Louise Bourgeois, inspiring you to create your own unique series of contemporary figurative sculptures.

Lecturer Profile

Caz Haswell is an artist and educator specialising in sculpture and drawing. Her practice is deeply connected to the material and psychological charge of objects through the interpretation of personal history, language, sexuality and the female body. Her exhibition Mother Tongue was shown at Galerie pompom in August 2020, and her previous exhibitions include the Walcha Sculpture Symposium, 2018 and Made in Hong Kong/Curtains, Flinders Street Gallery, 2017, Sculpture by the Sea, Willoughby Sculpture Prize, where she was awarded first prize. Caz teaches sculpture at the National Art School, and sculpture and drawing in many TAFE colleges of art.


Any handbuilding tools that you may already have. You can purchase a kit at the art store on campus for approx. $15-$20
Old clothing, blankets, towels, sheets, stockings, recycled cloth
Needle and thread
Stanley knives


Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/


Students enrolled in the NAS Summer School who wish to visit Parkers Art Supplies are welcome to enter the campus from 11 December 2020.  There are strict Covid-19 protocols in place which must be followed:

  • Access is from 11-23 December 2020 and from 4 January onwards
  • Access is expressly for visiting Parkers Art Supplies (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm)
  • Entrance is via the Forbes St gate
  • Security guards will undertake Covid-19 protocols and check your name/course/program
  • Register with QR Code

We appreciate your adherence to the NAS Covid-19 protocols to ensure a safe and happy campus for all.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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