figure workshop

Student David Carman work, during a session in Javier´s studio Wellington. 2021

Rendering the human figure in clay is one of the richest traditions in art history and education. It is revealing and collective experience – the artist departs with an external piece of work and, hopefully, enriched personal awareness. 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. With multiple visits, a student will improve their artistry and dexterity and can appreciate the subtleties of studying diverse models who may display the beautiful and the peculiar, the vulnerable and the heroic.

Student David Carman work, during a session in Javier´studio, Wellington. 2021

What are you learning

  • Improving visual understanding of volumes and proportions using simplified forms and cannons of the different parts of the human body.
  • Training sculpture performance from a live model pose, with the personalised attention of an contemporary artist and experienced traditional figurative sculptor.
  • Developing technique and methodology based on practice and learning support tools, like a human figure study made already by Javier Murcia.

Who is this for?

  • Beginner or experienced sculptors looking to improve their figure fundamentals with personalised guidance.
  • Graphic and digital artists looking to improve their 3 Dimensional visual understanding also involved into the drawing, illustration and/or painting of the gesture.
  • Potters and ceramist with an interest in the human form and artistic expression of it.

Material you need

Clay

10 Kg bag for the main work. You can bring your own or you can buy it on the first day of the workshop. 

Tools
You can buy 2 spatulas, a big one and a medium one available
on the website for $40 + shipping. This will help you to do
most of the work.

You can also use your own tools, just remember ceramic tools are not ideal for sculpting.

Some carvers can be helpful too.

Armature
 Will be supplied.

Location & periodicity

The workshop runs twice a year  between Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and more workshop are being organized in Australia for the end of 2022. setting up a different challenge with a live model changing pose each time. There is also plenty of material, tutorials and online courses that can help you on this journey and keep you connected with the community. To ensure you get this information sign up to the newsletter.

Relaxed work environment

Friendly and relaxed work environment that enhances both individual and group learning processes. Flexible and personalised attention that adapts to the needs of the student, in a collaborative dynamic. Opportunity to connect with the community.

If you are interested in hearing the Workshop experience from other people,  check out the Testimonials.

wellington

5 days workshop

BOOK workshop Aug 9-13

NZ$720

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