Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Drapery in Sculpture (Online)"
Mondays, March 8 - April 12, 2021

Expand your figure sculpture capabilities by learning how to model drapery in clay. Understand the structure and anatomy of cloth for a variety of decorative and naturalistic effects. Using materials suitable for the home studio, students will prepare drapery models and create multiple studies, with attention to how these principles can be translated to sculpture in the round. Instruction is comprised of video lectures, demonstrations, and assignments, as well as regular critiques. All levels welcome!
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Sculpting Faces"
March 27-28, 2021

This class will be a fun exploration of faces, human or animal, and as representational or whimsical as you like. Using hand building and modeling techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy, proportion and expression. She will demonstrate how to establish structure, model features and apply ceramic underglazes. We will not be working from a live model. Students may wish to bring images as inspiration but be prepared to work intuitively and have fun with the clay.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Kelsey-Mapel,
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Modeling the Horse and Other Animals"
April 19-22, 2021

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod’s techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod’s known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium-sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting during the week. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod’s students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo,
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
April 30 - May 2, 2021

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques to achieve a likeness of the subject.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares,
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Desert Animals in Sculpture"
May 20-22, 2021

In this workshop Paolo will share with you the process and techniques used in sculpting desert animals. In addition to the basic sculpting fundamentals, such as finding forms, basic block ins, anatomy and proportions, we will take time to study the animals we are sculpting. Discussing their environment, behaviors, and life span. All of these things can play a huge role in the shape and character of an animal. Understanding these things can give personality to the sculpture and help bring it to life. Students are encouraged to bring reference material if they want to sculpt a particular animal. Paolo will also have references available. All clay and tools will be provided and students will be able to keep the tools.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna,
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"The Narrative Figure"
August 28-29, 2021

The Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques to create figurative ceramic relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how they create and discuss how the figure can be the perfect vehicle to communicate topics like social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial idea generation, inspiration from music, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, hollowing, drying, and firing techniques, and final presentation will be revealed.
Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Instructor: Kyle & Kelly Phelps
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Carbondale Clay Center
Website, email, 970-963-2529


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