Figure Sculpture (Wednesday Night)

In this course, you will learn to draw in space three-dimensionally. Since the dawn of our consciousness, we have been fascinated with our own human form. The figure has been used by every culture to express a limitless variety of subject matter and concept in art.
You will learn to anchor the figure to the core elements of balance, rhythm weight, and proportion. Some experience with drawing from the figure is helpful but not mandatory.

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

Due to Fleisher’s Founder’s Award Celebration no evening classes will be held on Wednesday, June 7. Those classes will be made up on Wednesday, June 14.

What you will learn in this class:

  • The emphasis is on gesture, proportion and the sculptural impact of a form in space. Anatomical landmarks and different canons of proportion will be covered, as will sight measuring. You will work quickly the first two weeks, with a focus on mass and rhythm, then move on to a long pose with more in-depth study of anatomy and resolution of form. The work of different sculptors, who use the figure as a means of expression, will be introduced and help develop an individual, informed approach.

Required supplies:

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

  • 3/16″ bowel 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.