Frequently, in his previous workshops, Javier has observed students encountering challenges when sculpting heads and facial features. Issues such as oversized eyes and misplaced ears are not uncommon. This observation led to the development of “Head Studies” workshops, aimed at addressing these specific concerns.
In these classes, students delve into the intricacies of facial, head, and neck construction. They employ divisions and planes as tools to guide them in creating the head from the ground up. Much like our “Simplified Figure” approach, we take a sketch-like perspective when working on the face.
November 18 – 19. 2023 Otaki, Otaki Pottery Club. Booked Out
February 10 – 11. Otaki, Otaki Pottery Club.
February 25 – 26. Auckland, The Clay Center
Given the complexity of the human figure, beginners often find themselves overwhelmed by intricate details, losing sight of the overall essence.
In this context, Javier adeptly illustrates the process of dividing the body into elementary geometric components. This method facilitates students’ comprehension of the body’s mechanical workings to convey a sense of weight and balance.
November 3 – 4. Otaki, Otaki Pottery Club.
The representation of the human figure in clay stands as a time-honored tradition within the realm of art history and education. Javier, as a dedicated instructor, conducts 5-day figure workshops in both Wellington and Auckland, maintaining a regular schedule.
Within these workshops, participants have the unique opportunity to collaborate with a nude model who presents a distinct pose during each session. Javier moves through the class, drawing inspiration from the model and previously created sculptures, guiding students in transforming the pose into a 750mm clay sculpture. These workshops offer a blend of entertainment and intensity, resulting in the return of many students who continue to explore the art of figure sculpting under Javier’s guidance.
In these workshops and tutorials, we will cover some of the main materials used to mold and cast sculptures; providing you with the information you need to source yourself. If you are joining us in a workshop you will be molding your own work. If you work from home, you will get an overall idea of the most important things to know so you can apply it to your work. You can always get in touch if you get stuck, we will be happy to help.
No dates scheduled
On line course
This is a 6 weeks course where you can work at home doing a full size head in clay. Javier covers the entire process from the proportions, simplification and anatomy in depth.
You will be working on a full size head using pictures from a model, plus you will have some homework aside. Javier will be doing a demo during the workshop and he will be reviewing your progress weekly.
From Sept 10 to Oct 15
On line course
Proportions go wrong, too much time is spent on detailing when the structure doesn´t work, getting a natural feeling of weight or distorted anatomy, and many other issues we go through to get the results. Bringing the human figure right is an everyday struggle for many artists.
If this sounds like the kind of issue you experience and you want to learn more in practice about how to find tools to correct this, while you do a full figure at home hand-to-hand with Javier, here is an opportunity to do so.
This course is a ten weeks online course where we will focus on studying a full figure from scratch.
New dates 2023
From March 25 to May 27