Sculpting the Figure: Core Foundations with Armature
- Teacher: Ruthie V.
- Class Fee: Model fee included in class price
- Materials: 1 bag of terracotta clay, armature supplies, and clay tools included in class price. Additional clay can be purchased for $18
- Class Length: 8 Weeks
Class Days: Sundays, beginning March 31
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join our ‘Sculpting the Figure’ series to explore the craft of figure sculpture, inspired by the methods of Rodin and Canova who appreciated the natural beauty of clay. This course teaches you to construct your own armature for sculptures that can stand unsupported, even on one leg, capturing the essence of dynamic poses.
Throughout the series, we focus on understanding the body’s core elements and landmarks, extending fluid gestures through the arms and legs. A deep dive into anatomical details will enhance the grace and expressive power of your sculptures, allowing for a more nuanced portrayal of the human figure.
We’ll cover key sculpting techniques such as proportion, flow, identifying bony landmarks, measuring in three dimensions, and making artistic adjustments for effect. Our learning process will include sessions with live models and studies of exemplary works, offering you the opportunity to refine your sculptures over multiple sessions. Your creations will dry naturally or can be finished with coatings, mirroring the un-fired beauty admired by renowned sculptors.
Participate in ‘Sculpting the Figure’ to develop your skills in creating expressive, lifelike figure sculptures that capture the essence of human expression and movement.
NEW EQUIPMENT! The League has invested in sculpture pedestals with wheels and variable heights, so artists and their sculptures will be more easily mobile.
RECOMMENDED: For an immersive experience, artists are encouraged to take this class in conjunction with the Figure Drawing class. Use the coupon code DRAW&SCULPT at checkout to get 10% off each class, when purchased as a set.
1 bag of terracotta clay and clay tools are included in class price. Additional clay can be purchased for $18 per bag.
Materials to bring:
- 14×17″ or larger sketch or drawing paper
- soft willow charcoal sticks
- sketchbook for notes
- folder or binder for handouts