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.

Class Format

The instructor will demonstrate the sculpting technique. You will then copy an existing sculpture. You will develop eye training by observing the three-dimensional forms. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of sculpture language, form and plane. 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 the angle of the planes.

See examples of student work at the bottom of this webpage.

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.

July 2019 Monthly Class Times

Choose one:

* Sundays 2:00 – 4:30 pm (July 7, 14, 21, 28)
* Mondays 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (July 8, 15, 22, 29)
* Thursdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm (July 4, 11, 18, 25)


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 July 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 Class Work

Subject to change without notice.