Important things you need to know before enrolling

Abstract-sculpture-generated-through-a-mathematical-equationHealth and Safety

Sculpting in wax or clay, and finishing in bronze is fun and one of the most rewarding creative activities. However, it is also physically demanding and the tools and substances used can be dangerous unless great care is taken at all times.

Students enrolling at Melbourne Sculpture School are responsible for their own safety, and this can be reasonably achieved by being mindful of what you are doing when in the studio and wearing appropriate protective gear.

At certain points in the course you may need the following:

  • Leather gloves
  • Respirator (dust mask)
  • Earmuffs
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective footwear (never wear sandals or thongs)
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • And don’t wear loose clothing

You will need to keep your work area clean, as cluttered areas can cause accidents: bags and personal belongings must not be left on the floor and should be placed on shelves or under tables.


Always follow the instructions of the tutor, and do not use power tools and equipment without permission from the tutor. Students must not act in a manner that compromises the integrity of the tools, equipment or materials provided. Students may be liable for the repair or replacement of any tools or materials damaged.
And students are expected to supply their own hand tools.

Sweep the floor at the end of class. Never wash plaster down the sink. You should aim to arrive five minutes before the start of class to ensure the work area is clean, and clean up before you leave at the end of class.

Most importantly, you must follow the instructions of the tutor at all times, and not do anything to endanger the safety or enjoyment of other students. Oh, the other most important thing, enjoy yourself!

Sculpture-ready-for-patinationFees and Cancellations

Payment: Cash deposit or direct transfer is required by the week prior to the commencement of each term.

Instructions for payment are on the Enrolment page. Materials are not covered in tuition fee.

(Most materials are supplied, please see utilities and materials levy below.)
Course fees are charged on a term by term basis and are due before the commencement of each term.

Please provide proof of payment by email before the class commences.

Classes may be cancelled where insufficient enrolments occur: minimum 6 students and enrolment fees will be refunded; maximum of 12 students per class.

Materials costs is not covered in tuition fees and must be paid prior to commencement terms. The $70 equipment and non consumable materials levy is paid on a term by term basis. This levy is not a purchase, but a fee for convenient access to necessary items. Depending on the scope of the individual project, additional costs may be incurred during the course of the term.
Students must supply their own hand tools, the tutor will advise what tools may be necessary and students must ensure they bring the tools necessary for each project. Students also learn from each other during the course, you may discover that you want to try different tools during the process.

Visitors by appointment only.

One-on-one tuition is also available for most projects at $85.00 per hour.

Project consultation fee negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Termination of student enrolment remains at the discretion of the tutor.

No refund available after the first week of term, refunds attract a 15% administrative fee.