Expressive Clay Sculpture

July 22 - July 26


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Expressive Clay Sculpture

Expressive Clay Sculpture

Clay is an ideal material to create work of the heart. It is both elemental and versatile. It also challenges, entertains, frustrates and presents us with endless possibilities for relaying the maker’s message. Clay rewards the artist who takes time to understand what it can do.

There is a thrill when a lump of mud that the artist has been manipulating begins to “talk” back; the look in an eye, the tilt of a head, a gesture that resonates. This is when clay comes alive. This is when magic is made.

In this Expressive Clay workshop we will seek to understand the material in a way that frees up the creative flow. Participants will explore the benefits of both solid and hollow methods of construction without an armature and how to prepare pieces for the kiln. With the use of simple hand tools and an emphasis on understanding form, we will learn how to create expressive figurative sculptures.

Whether the subject is human or animal, an overview of relevant anatomy will guide us in understanding how subtle adjustments to gestures and facial expressions allow us to convey relatable, poetic messages.

The workshop will include an overview of layered finishing techniques that add subtlety and depth to the sculptures. This will include both traditional fired surface treatments and “cold” finishes.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Course Prerequisites: Familiarity with clay and an interest in sculptural forms is important. Experience drawing or sculpting the figure is an asset.

Price: $855

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Diane Black began her artistic training in the field of Illustration so the idea of telling visual stories is deeply engrained. Her expressive clay sculptures often use humour or absurdity to create a point of connection, a way of dropping defences so that poignant observations can be made in a revealing but unthreatening way. The figurative sculptures are an exploration of life through expressive, unguarded faces and gestures; mostly amusing, sometimes dark, always informed by careful observations of real life.

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.