8 Session Figure Sculpting Class Mondays from 5-8pm (see dates below)
In this course students of all levels will sculpt from direct observation of a live model in one long pose over 8 weeks. Students will learn a logical approach to developing the observational skills needed to create an accurate and dynamic figure sculpture . The figure will be created on an armature using either water-based or oil-base clay. Artists may choose an armature size between 18” to 36” (see description below for more information about clay and armature selections). Emphasis will be on understanding, proportion, gesture, anatomy, and clay modeling. Each student will receive quality instruction with a special attention to maximizing individual potential.
This course is designed so the students will have time to develop all aspects of the figure to a very high level of finish, including the expressive qualities of the hands and feet. The teaching method will include, sculpting demonstrations, individual instruction, group observational discussions, inspirational reading geared towards inner reflection to cultivate focused creativity, as well as presentations of contemporary and old masters sculptors.
Jan 13, No class Jan 20th in observance of MLK Day, Jan 27
Feb 3rd, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24
No class March 2nd, Mar 9, Mar 16
A separate course devoted to creating a silicone mold of the sculptures created in this course will be available through The Compleat Sculptor for
mold making following the completion of the course. The dates for the mold making class have not been determined, however it can be catered to your
Armature 18”, 24”, 30”, or 36”. The size is personal preference. Keep in mind that when sculpting the facial features, hands, and feet, may be more
challening on the smaller scale.
Clay modeling tools. Bring what you have and I will have other tools available during the first class for you to try out. You may purchase more
tools at the The Compleat Sculptor after the first session.
Water-based clay. 25lb needed for the first class. More might be needed depending on the size armature you select.
Spray bottle for water (only needed if using water-based clay).
Plastic wrap to cover sculpture or dry cleaning bag (only needed if using water-based clay).
Clay wire (only needed if using water-based clay).
Oil based- sulfur free clay. I suggest buying “Le Beau Touche” by Chavant, it comes in 2lb. bricks. Start with buying 2 bricks and you can buy more if
needed. Any color is OK. I prefer the brown or cream. The clay quantity you will need will depend on the size armature you select.