• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Sculpture Workshop: Portrait Busts

Hands sculpting with clay
Learn to sculpt a self-portrait with artist Keziah Burt. This workshop is ideal for beginners with an interest in clay and a desire to learn the basics. 

The National Army Museum holds a collection of sculptures capturing the likeness of significant figures in the history of the British Army. The latest addition is a portrait bust of Queen Elizabeth II, marking her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

In this special workshop, Keziah Burt - the artist commissioned to create this bust of the Queen - will share practical sculpting advice.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the structure of the human face, beginning with the profile, before learning how to build out a basic likeness in clay. They will then get to craft their own self-portrait under Keziah’s guidance, taking home a mini bust (approximately 20cm tall) at the end of the day.


10.00am – 10.20pm

Susan Ward, the National Army Museum’s Head of Art, gives a short presentation showcasing some of the sculptures in the collection.

10.20am – 12.00pm

Sculpting workshop commences.

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Participants break for lunch.

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Participants continue work on their self-portrait, before taking the finished product home.

Keziah Burt

About Keziah Burt

Keziah Burt is a professional figurative artist and teacher who has exhibited with the Society of Portrait Sculptors and the Royal Society of British Artists. Keziah was the National Army Museum’s Artist-in-Residence in 2022, when she sculpted a portrait bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark the Platinum Jubilee. 

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