Meet and join the workshops offered by the artist Javier Murcia.
Javier has often witnessed students in his other workshops running into trouble sculpting heads and faces. The eyes may be bigger than they should; ears are fixed in unrealistic places. That’s why he created Head Studies. In these classes, students cover face, head and neck construction.
The students use divisions and planes to help them build the head from scratch, however the aim is to present the visage in an organic rather than geometrical style. Like Simplified Figure, we approach the face in a sketch-like fashion.
Nov 12 – 13. Auckland, The clay centre.
With something as complex as the human figure, a beginner is likely to get lost in the details and not see the forest for the trees.
Here, Javier demonstrates how to break the body into simple geometric parts. This mindset helps students grasp the body’s mechanics so you can estimate the range of motion of each segment of the body. All models, regardless of their body shapes, have bone reference points. Javier also explains how this core structure of the figure can then be made to hold weight and balance.
Nov. 16 – 17- 18. Auckland
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.
The creative process is when you think about an idea and decide to make it real, connecting the bridge between what’s in your head and what you do with your hands. Everything is possible, and the limits are set by your ability to create and enjoy the process and how far you want to take that idea.
Aug. 27 – 28 Wellington
Nov. 7 – 8 Hamilton
Rendering the human figure in clay is one of the richest traditions in art history and education. Javier teaches 5-day figure workshops in Wellington and Auckland on a regular basis.
The class works with a nude model who strikes a different pose in each workshop. Javier moves through the class and, with reference to the model and previous figures, he helps students translate the pose into a clay 750mm sculpture. These workshops are as entertaining as they are intense, and many students return.
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 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 experiment with 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 is a ten weeks online course where we will focus on studying a full figure you will be doing at home.
From Sept 3 to Oct 29
Live the experience of Sculpture workshops in New Zealand & Australia by the hand of the artist and figurative sculptor with more than 20 years of experince. Artist sculptor based in Wellington, teaches all around New Zealand organizing workshops in regular basis.
Learn the foundations to build the human figure and experiment with your hands expanding your knowledge in a fun and friendly environment. The students departs with an external piece of work and, hopefully, enriched personal awareness.
I want to learn the human figure in depth, what do you recommend me?
If you are serious about learning the human figure I would suggest you to join the Online workshops. Why? There is a lot more information Javier can share with you. You can find your time to invest in your learning process. Head studies is about 6 weeks workshops and the figure workshops is about 10 weeks. The more hours you put the more you will learn, that´s a rule.And finally it is more personalized as the progress of your work will be reviewed every week by Javier personally.
I don´t know what workshop to do, can you help me?
If you are interested in doing a workshop but you don´t know which one, get in touch and let us know what is that you are looking for and we will help you. Either if you are looking for some good training, knowledge or just living the experience as a hobby, we can help you.