Figure Modelling

Modelling the head

"The Portrait"

This course offers the opportunity for a close study of the head, with a number of models at your disposal. On the first day we will devote some time to the study of postures and proportions, and to the technical preparations of the armature (supporting structure). The aim is to produce a life-like portrait study.

 Modelling the head

Intensive portrait modelling, with added colour

Constructing a hollow portrait sculpture with white clay and adding colour to it, that is fascinating!
The tradition of plastic portraits in bronze, plaster, wax and terracotta is very old. Again and again artists have longed for colour versions, to make the portraits look even more lifelike.

portrait modelling, with added colour

The human torso – first week

The moving male torso is a creative and classical theme. It is about the formal-anatomical study of the connection between pelvis and thorax including the shoulder with reference to sculptural and graphic-schematic sketches. With the aid of a small wood and wire model, constructed by ourselves, we will demonstrate the movement functions.

Animal studies and animal representations in sculpture

Each animal moves differently (the rabbit hops, the elephant stomps, the swallow sails). Its body language forms its body (the springy leg of the rabbit, the flat foot of the elephant, the streamlined body of the dolphin). Movement without a body is beyond imagination. We cannot imagine a body that does not move as being alive. Each living creature expresses itself through its movements. The visualisation of the various movement patterns opens up countless possibilities for giving expression and liveliness to the animal models.

Figure modeling and plaster casting

This one-week course offers the possibility of modeling a figure from a live model and to subsequently cast it in plaster. Thus two learning themes are combined: firstly, the figurative design focussing on the anatomy and secondly the casting technique of the ‘lost form’ in plaster. This week’s course is aimed at course participants who are experienced as well as inexperienced in the field of figurative design.

Modelling the nude

Building a hollow human figure with clay

Starting with the idea of an intended posture and its associated body shape we will build a hollow figure (approx. 1 metre in height) with the possibility of firing it. The work material is rough-textured clay.

 Building a hollow human figure with clay

Life modelling l

 We will study the dimensions and proportions of the human body. One's own working experience with the basic proportions will help to create models of clay with confidence, and it will make working with a live model easier.

Life modelling l

Life modelling II

On this course the basics of modelling, relating specifically to the nude, will be taught. The main aim of the course is the study of the proportions and expressive forms of the human figure, its forms, functions and movements.

Life modelling II