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Draped Figure in Repose: Sculpture at Grand Central Atelier


  • Grand Central Atelier 46-06 11th Street NY, 11101 United States (map)

In this course, students will sculpt the figure with drapery from life, while learning sculpting techniques informed by antique, Renaissance, and 19th century practices. We will be focusing on the large masses of the the body, and how they move in concert together to form a clear gesture. This fosters an understanding of structural anatomy relationships in a three dimensional way, while encouraging students to reference relationships between fixed anatomical points. At the same time ,we will be learning how to abstract and simplify drapery designed from life, focusing on the repetitive X, Y, and Z structures of different folds. Students will learn how to judge likeness with volume and mass, in addition to learning to read depth, while translating what they observe accurately to their sculpture.

Students will be working with stoneware clay from a seated or reclined figure. Students may be interested in firing their piece after the end of the workshop. Zoe recommends Choplet Ceramics.

The class will include sculpting demonstration, constructive critiques, and lecture. No experience is necessary, teaching will be tailored to individuals. 

Recommended tools:

Sculpture House double wire end modeling tool #204

“Knife like” wooden modeling tool

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