Sculpting the Nude – Summer Workshop 2023

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The Power of Sculpture Language – Sculpting the Nude

This figurative sculpture workshop will allow students to work directly from a live model while expressing their own artistic vision of the body under the guidance of a master sculptor. It is an incredible opportunity for students of all levels and abilities to observe the working methods of an experienced sculptor and learn from his approach and vision.

Workshop Dates

  • Friday, June 2:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Introduction
  • Saturday, June 3:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break)
  • Sunday, June 4:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour lunch break)
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Workshop Content

You will sculpt a female figure no larger than about 16 inches/40 cm high. This workshop does not cover detailed anatomical exploration or naming of musculature. We will not be concerned about making a portrait or precisely translating the model’s proportions to clay. Instead, the emphasis will be on using the model as a starting point to express your own ideas about the body. You will taught how to use your eyes to ascertain proportion, and how to interpret the model in service of your own vision. We will focus on capturing a feeling in the work and how to choose a model to work with.

Open your mind to a new, expressive way of sculpting the nude

Geemon Xin Meng

Format

Friday: The instructor will provide an introduction to the workshop and an overview of sculpting technique for students new to sculpture. We will then prepare the sculpture stands, time allowing, in preparation for the model.

Saturday: The model will maintain one pose, with short breaks through-out the session.

Sunday: Students continue work on their sculpture.

Materials and Supplies

All materials are included. Sculpture tools are available for participants to use through-out the workshop. We work with a water-based clay that is non-toxic however some people find it drying on the skin. In this case you may wish to bring some light, tight-fitting gloves or rubber gloves. Most people do work directly with the clay.

What to Expect

The workshop will be held at a rural sculpture studio in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The studio is located on a treed one-acre property with a small pond. There is no running water on site but we will supply drinking water for participants. Please bring your own cup or mug. The workshop will be held outside on a patio area. Participants will be standing at sculpture stands for most of the day. Prepare to wear comfortable shoes. 

About the Instructor

Geemon Xin Meng is the Director of the Vancouver Sculpture Studio. After having received a rigorous education at the Fine Art & Design Central Academy of Beijing, he immigrated to Canada in 2004. Since the early days of his education, he has developed his own artistic vision, moving away from academic concerns. A prolific artist with exceptional technical skill and vision, he focuses on developing a mastery of the medium while imbuing each sculpture with his own personal, contemporary vision. With over 25 years of experience as a sculptor, he has worked in a broad range of media — clay, fiberglass, marble, stainless steel, hammered copper, and bronze — creating both figurative and abstract works. Geemon’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibits in Canada, China, the US and the UK. xmsculpture.com

Registration

Registration will open soon.

We look forward to seeing you!

Subject to change without notice.