Figure Sculpture

Do you have a familiarity sculpting the figure but want to work on your personal approach? Students can choose to combine poses, focus on a portion of the figure, add elements, or place the figure within a setting. At the beginning of class, we will look at a wide range of sculptural examples, from ancient to contemporary, that use and integrate the human figure. Students will have the opportunity to work on compositional and modeling skills while expanding their sculptural vocabulary. The course will begin with short poses and encourage students to work quickly and see the figure in relationship to other elements.

Experience with painting, drawing or sculpture is helpful but not mandatory.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Sketches and maquettes in clay will be used to “warm up” before working on a longer pose

  • Unity and fluidity, regardless of style, will be stressed

  • Students will learn to plan and compose sculpture with a personal approach

  • Students will be introduced to artists and different approaches to sculpting the figure

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook or notebook and a folder for handouts

  • Full figure armature, torso armature or board for modeling*

  • 3/16 Dowel or Barbecue skewer for sight measuring

  • 12-inch calipers

  • Flat 6 to 8 inch flat modeling tools (various tools for sculpture reviewed the first class)

  • Wire clay cutting tool

  • Plumb bob (or large fishing weight) w/ string

  • Small spray bottle for water

  • Trash or dry cleaner bag

  • Cotton rags (old sheet, t-shirt) to hydrate your sculpture

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.