Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Portrait Sculpture: This Time with Feeling!"
January 3-7, 2018
 

There are many ways to approach the art of Portraiture: academically, structurally and personally. After many years, the one thing that continues to fascinate and beguile me is the psychological aspect of the portrait. The portrait must have a modicum of anatomical structure to give testament to the real players which are the muscles that typically create an asymmetric expression. It is possible to create a complex expression with a minimal knowledge of anatomy if you know what to look for. This is the goal, learning to see the subtle landmarks that create a psychological context in your portrait and raise it above the realm of likeness alone. This class is for beginners and for professionals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"CE Preview Saturday: Animal Sculpture"
January 6, 2018
 

Learn to capture the unique character of animals in clay, with CE faculty and PAFA alum Diane Collins. This course is presented as a sample of PAFA's Spring 2018 twelve-week course, Animal Portraiture. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. New student attendees will receive a 10% tuition discount on a Spring 2018 CE class or workshop!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins
Cost: Tuition-free with a $10 materials fee (all supplies provided)
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Learn the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong and emotionally engaging the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animal Portraiture"
Tuesdays, January 23 - April 17, 2018
 

Capture the anatomy, gesture and unique character of the canine in clay, utilizing a live dog model. Instruction will address comparative anatomy, armature construction, modeling in oil clay, and imbuing personality. Beginning students will begin with a life-size head study; intermediate to advanced students will construct a full figure at minimum 1/3 scale. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins, dianecollinsstudio.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and all techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Modeling"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 12-16, 2018
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement – it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Secrets of Sculpture Realism Revealed!"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Learn how to transform basic geometric forms into realistic-looking sculptures. In this 2-day sculpture workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpting. Kelby will help each student individually create something that’s sure to surpass their expectations - especially if it’s a first attempt at sculpting! Students will learn how to get to the look they want fast, starting with sectioning and shaping basic forms. They will learn how to create true proportional relationships, overcome optical illusions and the best ways to merge forms for sculptural integrity. Lastly, they will learn how to use tools to create smooth details and special effects. Wire, Styrofoam, and Clay will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelby Love
Cost: $200 + $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018
 

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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