In art schools, up until the middle of the 20th century, it was a fundamental practice to require all art students to master their drawing skills before advancing to painting and sculpture. And for the study of the human figure it was obligatory to work in both disciplines as it provided a clearer understanding of space, form and movement.
The instructor will explain as well as demonstrate how sculpting the head can not only bring a greater understanding of depth and form for the portrait painter but also it can be a valuable tool in designing multi-figure compositions.
Attendees will work on building a life size human head from a posing model.
The class will cover:
- How to properly build sculpture armatures.
- What to look for and how to see when sculpting.
- Classical proportions.
- Anatomical structures
- Racial and gender variations and characteristics
- Understanding features that can share a commonality in unique characteristics.
- Thinking visually and then developing your ideas in wax sketches.
- Mold making ideas and options.
- The keys to gaining a likeness and expression in your work.
Workshop fee: $385 + model share
Modeling Clay. Plastilene also called plasticene or plastilina.
There are two types of sculpting clay, oil-based clay and water based clay sometimes called earthen clay. The instructor will be using an oil-based clay but students may follow their preference.
Armature for sculpture of life size human head.
These can be purchased pre-made (Jack Richeson Art Materials, Sculpture House, or The Complete Sculptor ) or the instructor can send instructions on how to build your own.
Calipers and metric ruler.
Spatula, like a cake frosting type an/or putty knife.
Small wax sculpting tools, if you have them, popsicle sticks can be used just as well when trimmed down with an exacto-knife.
Plumb bob and string. optional.