Introduction to Figurative Sculpture

All levels – beginners welcome

Introductory Sculpture Class

This introductory class focuses on facial features to teach the principles of figurative sculpture. Each week students will model in clay a 4-5 inch facial feature: an eye, nose, mouth and ear. See Gallery of Student Work below for examples of sculptures.

Class Format

The instructor will demonstrate the sculpting technique. You will then copy an existing sculpture. Copying from a sculpture is a traditional teaching method used to develop eye training. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how to model three-dimensional form through the development of a strong sculpture language. You will familiarize yourself with working in clay and using sculpture tools.

Class Content

This class does not cover detailed anatomical exploration or naming of musculature. The emphasis is on creating a strong sculptural shape by observing the “landmarks” of the face and understanding the structural relationship between the high and low points of the surface, where the plane changes direction and how the angle of the planes define the form.

Students work in a water-based ceramic clay that will be fired in a kiln. As it takes time for the sculptures to dry properly before firing, you will need to come back a few weeks after the class ends to pick up your fired sculptures.

Bonus Studio Time

In addition to your 3-hour weekly class, you are invited to come to the studio on one of the other scheduled times to work on your own. You can work on a sculpture you started in class or you can work on your own project.

September 2019 Monthly Class Times

Choose one:

* Thursdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26)
* Fridays 6:00 – 9:00 pm (Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27)
* Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28)

Note: We will need to move from our present studio by the end of December. We will keep you posted about our new location.


Monthly class fees are $300 for 4 classes. For students unable to commit to a weekly schedule, there is the option to purchase a Flex-Pass for $400 which allows for 5 classes to be taken within 3 months.

Register for September 2019

To register, contact us with your preferred day and we will send further instructions.

Cold Finish Session (Optional)

If you would like to apply a finish to your sculptures after they have been fired, sign up for the optional Cold Finish Session.

Gallery of Student Work

Subject to change without notice.