Sculpting the Face, February 21, 22, 23, 2020
February 21 @ 9:00 am - February 23 @ 5:00 pm| Register: $550
A face is the first thing we look at on a figurative sculpture, and carving a good portrait has always been one of the most coveted—and challenging—skills. This course provides instruction in the construction of the human face in clay, with an eye toward future translation into stone. Students first learn the essential principles of proportion and anatomy that apply to all successful renderings of the head. Then, using references (and themselves), they will learn how to progress from generic planar and anatomical construction to creating a recognizable portrait of a specific person.
All aspects of creating a successful portrait will be discussed, from building a suitable armature, to locating anatomical landmarks and developing distinctive facial features, and finally how to use photo references when necessary. We will discuss artistic canons of proportion, compare those with real-life examples, and go over very specialized information on portraiture for those who want to dive deep into this area and avoid amateurish mistakes. (Intermediate to Expert)
Instructor: Stephen Shaheen was trained in figurative sculpture and portraiture at the renowned New York Academy of Art’s MFA program. Some of his prior work with the human face can be seen here.