Upcoming Workshops

Figurative Sculpture Course

Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule

 

Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule is delighted to offer the long-term 9-week Figurative Sculpture Course with the instructor Alexandra Slava. The course will start on October 10th and take place once a week on Saturdays at 10:30 am - 13:30 pm. The class is now open for registration and you are cordially invited to join this journey of learning and creative discoveries!

 

Sculpture is one of the ancient plastic arts that enables the expression of one’s creative vision in three dimensions. It is a long-lived tradition culminating in masterpieces of the great masters such as Michelangelo and Rodin. The powerful combination of craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity is what makes sculpture such an admirable art form and an exciting discipline for dedicated art students.

 

Figurative Sculpture Course is designed to introduce participants of all levels to the traditional technique

of sculpting from life. The main focus is put on mastering the truthful depiction of human figure through direct observation and deep knowledge of form and anatomy. The realistic representation of human figure in three dimensions is one of the greatest challenges facing aspiring sculptors. Alexandra Slava offers a systematic method making this task enjoyable and highly achievable. The ultimate aim of the given approach is to unleash the student’s creative potential by developing a strong set of craft skills.

 

Thanks to the small-group format with maximum 6 participants in the class and an individual teaching approach adopted by the instructor, these courses are well suited for participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience, including beginning, intermediate and advanced students. In addition, sculpting is an excellent opportunity for painters, graphic artists, animators, character designers and other art professionals to enhance their understanding of human form by studying it in three dimensions.

 

The full program consists of three consecutive courses of 9 weeks: STUFE I, STUFE II, STUFE III. Each course covers one of the major subjects of figurative sculpture with increasing complexity.

 

STUFE I focuses on the study of human head and the art of portraiture. Under the expert guidance of Alexandra Slava, participants begin by copying a skull model in order to understand the internal framework underlying the superficial forms. Equipped with the essential knowledge of anatomy, students are then prepared to work from a life model. The emphasis is placed on the method of direct observation and careful analysis of the subject. The offered technique is aimed at translating the complex visual information into a clear structure that helps achieve an accurate depiction of the model in three dimensions. Participants learn to capture the distinct character of a person’s head by focusing on the gesture, proportions, contours and spatial relationships. In addition, the course involves the study of basic principles of composition and aesthetic qualities to help students elevate their works from the level of mere exercise to the level of finished artworks.

 

Mold Making Course

Upon completion of the project students are given the option to keep their works through the process of casting. Clay itself is too fragile to be left without any further processing and it can’t serve as the final medium to preserve and represent a sculpture. Some artists use the hollow-out techniques to air-dry and fire their works in a ceramic kiln. However, one can’t fire a sculpture with an internal armature, so a

sculptor is then limited in size and complexity of the chosen subject. The alternative and most common way of replicating clay sculptures in more durable materials is through mold making and casting.

Mold making is the process of creating a hollow cavity with an exact impression of the sculpted form to reproduce it in a long-lasting material including plaster, resin, bronze etc. In addition, molding gives a sculptor the opportunity to produce multiple copies of the same piece.

Therefore, the week following the completion of each sculpture course is reserved for the practice of mold making. This process is time-consuming and involves additional materials such as molding silicones and acrylic resin. This entails extra costs and daily lessons on Monday-Friday at 18:30-22:00 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am - 14:00 pm.

The Mold Making Week is optional but highly recommended to the participants who want to understand the full process and preserve the works they created during the sculpture course.

 

The next two courses (STUFE II and STUFE III) focus respectively on modelling a ¾ scale torso and a ½ scale full figure from life.

The primary objective is then to further the participant’s understanding of the human body, its structure and aesthetic qualities. The dates of the following courses will be announced soon after STUFE I is completed.

To develop a full range of skills it is recommended to participate in all three consecutive courses.

Main language of instruction is English.

 

Calendar 

STUFE I:

10.10.-05.12.2020

Once a week, Sa. 10:30-13:30

Mold Making Course:

07.12.-12.12.2020

Mon.-Fri. 18:30-21:30, Sa, 10:30-14:00

 

Tuition fees incl. all necessary equipment and materials:

STUFE I (9 lessons/27 h): 670,- Euro

Mold Making Course: 360,- Euro

 

Sign up until September 7th and save 50,- Euro off the tuition fee for STUFE I. The special Early Bird price: 620,- Euro!

 

For further information and to sign up for the course please Contact me.


Past Workshops

Sculpture is one of the ancient plastic arts that enables the expression of one’s creative vision in three dimensions. It is a long-lived tradition culminating in masterpieces of the great masters such as Michelangelo and Rodin. The powerful combination of craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity is what makes sculpture such an admirable art form and an exciting discipline for aspiring art students.

 

The Portrait Sculpture Workshop is designed to introduce participants to the traditional technique of sculpting a realistic portrait from a life model. The main focus is placed on mastering the truthful depiction of human head through observation and deep knowledge of form and anatomy. The ultimate aim of the given approach is to unleash the student’s creative potential by developing a strong set of skills. The course will involve regular individual critiques, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions.

 

For whom is this course?

Due to an individual teaching approach adopted by the instructor, this course is well suited for participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience, both beginners and advanced. In addition, sculpting is an excellent opportunity for painters, graphic artists, animators, character designers and other art professionals to enhance their understanding of human form by studying it in three dimensions. 

 

You will learn:

·        Fundamental techniques of working with modelling clay on wooden armature

·        Observation method for sculpting from life

·        Proportions and gesture

·        Basic anatomy and structure of human head

·        Accurate depiction of a person’s distinct character

·        Composition, concept generation.

 

Materials

Modelling fee, most necessary materials and equipment are included, i.e., sculpture stands, clay, wooden armatures. Some basic sculpting tools will be provided for use during the course. 

 

The participation fee is 95,- Euro. It includes all necessary materials, equipment and life model. To secure your spot an upfront deposit of 45,- Euro is required. The rest of the payment is due before the beginning of the workshop.

 

If you'd like to register for the course, please contact me indicating your full name, address and phone number. 


Portrait Sculpture Workshop - Rome Art Residencies

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Pandemic

 18 - 30 May 2020

Rome, Italy

 

This course is designed to introduce students of all levels to the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Portraiture is one of the most exciting art forms and an excellent exercise for those willing to gain basic sculpting skills. Over the ten studio days, six hours per day, students will model a life-size human head in water-based clay on a wooden armature. The instruction is based on direct observation of a living model, as well as a study of basic anatomy. Students will learn to capture the distinct character of a person’s face by focusing on proportions, contour movement, depths and spatial relationships. This approach is grounded in comprehensive concepts, including the use of light and form, aimed at translating complex visual information into a clear structure that is crucial for creating an accurate portrait in three dimensions. In addition to the regular individual critiques, the course involves various lectures, demonstrations and group discussions.

The workshop does not involve mold-making and casting. Clay and wooden armature are included. Some basic sculpting tools will be provided for use, but the participants are encouraged to bring their own. I will make further recommendations on the appropriate tool-kit for working with water-based clay.

 

There is a limited number of spots available. Sign up and secure your participation at www.romeartresidencies.com.


Students at all levels of experience are welcome to join the Portrait Sculpture Workshop in Geode Art Space, Catalonia. This course offers a great opportunity to learn the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life, with a particular focus on the close observation and deep understanding of human form. Under my guidance students will learn to sculpt a head considering the gesture, block in the general masses, carefully establish the profile and use it to capture likeness of the model. 

Special attention will be paid to the structure and anatomy emanating superficial forms from inside. In addition, I will share my thoughts on composition in portrait sculpture and different ways of finishing the surface. 

For further information please contact Geode Art Space at geodeartspace@gmail.com