Introduction to Sculpting the Face

All levels – beginners welcome

Introductory Sculpture Class

This introductory class focuses on facial features. Each week you 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 the 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.

June Monthly Class Times

Choose one:

* Sundays 2:00 – 4:30 pm (June 9, 16, 23, 30)
* Mondays 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (June 3, 10, 17, 24)
* Thursdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm (June 6, 13, 20, 27)

Register for June 2019


Choose one:

Spring Workshop

This class is also offered this spring as a weekend workshop. See Introduction to Sculpting the Face – Spring Workshop.

Optional Paint & Finish Session

If you would like to paint your sculptures after they have been fired, sign up for the Paint & Finish Session.

Gallery of Class Work

Subject to change without notice.