Student David Carman work, during a head portrait workshop 2018.

Many people coming to the workshops struggle to do proportionate work tending to make parts of the face too big or too small. Without using a model, we will learn how to get results by following simple steps. The tools you are learning will help you to do proportionate work. 

We use water based clay to sculpt the head, face and neck over an armature to learn the fundamental understanding of basic simplified anatomy, proportions and features to recreate a human head.

Understanding a standard human head constitution and proportions makes it possible to build a strong base, a step-by-step methodology as foundational guidance to catch the subtleties of a portrait next.

Student David Carman work, during a head portrait workshop 2018.

What are you learning

  • Improving visual understanding of volumes and proportions through simplified forms and present cannons of the different parts of the head, face and neck.

  • Training sculpture performance directly, with the personalised attention of an experienced figurative sculptor.

  • Developing technique and methodology based on present cannons of an average human head, in order to improve the recreation of a portrait in the future.

Who is this for?

  • Beginner or experienced sculptors looking to improve their figure fundamentals with personalised guidance.
  • Graphic and digital artists looking to improve their 3 Dimensional visual understanding are also involved in the drawing, illustration or painting of the gesture.
  • Potters and ceramists with interest in the human form and its artistic expression of it.

Material you need


  • 10 Kg water-based clay. You can bring your own or buy it on the first day of the workshop. 


  • You can buy two spatulas, a big one and a medium one, available on the website for $40 + shipping. This will help you to do most of the work.
  • You can also use your tools; remember, ceramic tools are not ideal for sculpting. Some carvers can be helpful too.


  •  Will be supplied.

Location & periodicity

The workshop runs twice a year between Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and more workshops are being organized in Australia in www.manlysculptureschool.com . 

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Relaxed work environment

A friendly and relaxed work environment enhances individual and group learning processes. The flexible and personalised attention adapts to the student’s needs in a collaborative dynamic.


BOOK workshop June 10- 11



BOOK workshop July 22- 23


the WORKSHOP experience

Live the experience of Sculpture workshops in New Zealand & Australia by the hand of the artist and figurative sculptor, Javier Murcia, with more than 20 years of experience. 

Learn the foundations to build the human figure and experiment with your hands expanding your knowledge in a fun and friendly environment. The students depart with an external piece of work and, hopefully, enriched personal awareness. 

If you are interested in hearing the Workshop experience from other people,  check out the Testimonials.

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