Sculpture Workshops in New Zealand with Nicole Durand

New Zealand sculpture workshops

We lost Nicole for a little bit recently. Mind you it was all for a very good reason. First off, for those who don’t know who Nicole Durand is I should explain that she is a French artist who started off her career in painting although she is best know today as a sculptress. Based from her studio in Italy (but right on the border with France) she is fluent in English, French, and Italian. She runs sculpture courses in Italy all year (she’s only a stones throw from Nice airport in France). You can see an interview with Nicole Durand on Youtube.

During late March 2015 Nicole ran a Sculpture Workshop in New Zealand. Here’s the overview of what people would learn:New Zealand sculpture workshops


You don’t need any previous experience or natural art talent to do this workshop. Each student is given lots of one on one tuition. You will learn how to carve soft stone and wood in the traditional Italian way of sculpting.  Sculpture is an art form that really does take learning whether it is fashioning something from a piece of stone, working with various materials or creating moulds for bronzes.  Apart from the artistic aspect there are a lot of technical issues to be worked through. This instruction is best given by someone skilled in the art form in all its guises. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a completed sculpture and an unforgettable experience.

New Zealand sculpture workshopsThe above overview also offers a fabulous insight of how sculpture workshops work from her home base in Mortola (1 hour from Nice airport / 48km). Specifically she runs three types of classes:

  • Sculpture workshop
  • Mixed Media Art Classes and
  • Additional Studies. (e.g. wood carving, clay, life drawing,…)

Academia d’Arte also offers longer stay programmes if you really want to spend some time learning or perfecting your chosen medium.

By visiting their page on, you can find out more about the various options and sculpture courses with Academia d’Arte in Italy.


Written by Richard Knight. Richard runs

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April 11, 2015

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