Portrait Sculpture Workshop with Alexandra Slava

When and Where?

17 – 21 February 2020

09:30 – 16:30

5 – day workshop, 6 hours per day

Location: Academy of Fine Art Germany, Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe

Instructor: Alexandra Slava

Register for the workshop

Earlybird Price: 690 € (incl. materials and model costs) you have to do a binding registration until 15th of December 2019. A nunrefundable registration fee of 90 € has to be paid one week after receiving the invoice about it.

Normal Price: 790 € (inl. Materials and model costs). A nunrefundable registration fee of 90 € has to be paid one week after receiving the invoice about it.

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For whom is the course?

Due to an individual teaching approach adopted by the instructor Alexandra Slava, 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.

What do I learn in this course?

This workshop is designed as an introduction to the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Over the 5 studio days, 6 hours per day, students will be guided through the intricate process of modeling an accurate portrait of a life model in water-based clay on a fixed wooden armature. The instruction is based on the method of active observation, as well as a thorough study of basic anatomy. Special emphasis will be placed on establishing symmetry, proportions, contour movements in space, depths and spatial relationships, all aimed at creating a convincing portrait that captures a distinct character of the model. Provided with clear methodical guidelines, students will learn to translate the complex visual information into a coherent structure in clay. Such approach not only results in a strong work, but also makes the process particularly enjoyable. The course will include various lectures, demonstrations, regular individual critiques and group discussions.

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What do I have to bring?

All necessary materials are included. The academy will provide sculpture stands, wooden armatures, water-based clay, starting kits with basic modelling tools, spray bottles and plastic bags for keeping the clay moist and workable. Experienced students are encouraged to bring their own favorite tools.

The workshop does not involve mold-making and casting. However, in order to keep the works students may optionally prepare the masks of finished portraits for firing in a cenemic kiln. In this case, the instructor will demonstrate the process of hollowing out the clay and recommend a local ceramic studio.

How can I deepen my knowledge?

This course is aimed at giving a basic introduction to sculpting. It offers a great skill enhancement for 2D artists alike. Further extensive sculpture workshops are to follow. Students with a particular interest in portraiture may also attend a Portrait Drawing Class.

Workshop registration

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