June 15 - 19, 2020

June: Portrait Sculpture: Expressions w/Zoe Dufour

June 15 - 19, 2020 GCA • 4606 11th Street Long Island CityNY  11101 View Map Organized by Grand Central Atelier


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June 15 - 19, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


4606 11th Street Long Island CityNY  11101
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In this workshop, We will be focused on primary emotions, and how they manifest in the movements of facial volumes. Learning sculpting techniques informed by the antique, Renaissance, and 19th century practices, the class will learn how to compile information from multiple sources into an individual’s likeness in clay.  We will discover how to rapidly understand and articulate the model’s expression by relating the large masses of the the face, and studying how they move in concert together to form a clear emotion. This type of kinetic observation fosters an understanding of structural anatomy in a three dimensional way, while encouraging students to reference relationships between fixed anatomical points.  Understanding these relationships will give the class the freedom to use a model as reference for a gestural concept versus only being able to copy what what the model is doing in real time. Students will learn how to judge likeness with volume and mass, in addition to learning to reading depth, while translating what they observe accurately to their sculpture. We will supplement our portrait model with photo references to aid in understanding the emotional gesture. The class will learn how to make quality references for themselves, and learn how to read a photograph three- dimensionally.    The workshop will include sculpting demonstration, constructive critiques, and lecture. No experience is necessary, teaching will be tailored to individuals. Students will also learn how to prepare their pieces to be fired at the end of the workshop, so students can go home with a finished piece. Recommended tools: two wooden modeling tools, one thin and small, one larger, the number 204 sculpture house rake, a hand-mirror, and a chopstick.   Materials Fee: $90 (armature $40 + 1.5 boxes of clay at $25/each)
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