Damien teaches the Life Study at the Myocum School of Sculpture near Byron Bay, promoting a focus on the observation and awareness of natural form. Students are guided to 'see' the figure in its most simple sense, allowing a progressive development towards understanding the figure in its complexity and then transferring that knowledge to the sculptural medium of clay. He also teaches workshop classes at both the Myocum School of Sculpture and at Damien Lucas Sculpture School in South Lismore.
Damien learned his craft under the best sculptors in Australia, most notably, the great Tom Bass. Asoneof Damien's students, I feel privilegedthat I am a beneficiary of all this wonderful knowledge.
I have been sculpting under Damien's tutelage for 18 months, and have become a devotee of this amazing art form. I have learned about both carving and modelling, and have completed several works, with two works currently in progress. At this point in time, I have cast in plaster and cement and, soon, also in resin. I have also worked with sandstone. I have had the very best of experiences and opportunities with Damien as my teacher.
I cannot at times believe I have come so far as I have. It seems to me to have been a seamless progression, with Damien quietly encouraging and allowing me to develop at my own pace, yet pushing my limits out further and further.
I asked him once, "How do you know when a work is finished?". Well, I found out that a work is not finished when the student first thinks it is! It is when Damien, as an experienced sculptor and teacher, has taken his student as far as that student can go beyond their previous benchmark.
I have learned to respect Damien's judgement in this matter, because this is how i can confidently say to people, "I am a sculptor!".