Figure and Ecorche Course

Figure & Écorché

From live Model

Sculpting the human figure from a live model, this 10-week course will dive deep into the simplification of the figure and the Anatomy. 

Sculpting the human figure from a live model, this 10-week course will dive deep into the simplification of the figure and the Anatomy. We will work from diagrams, drawings, and  references plus the model to compare and apply to our study. 50 hours it´s just enough time to gain a more solid understanding of human anatomy.

This course is recommended for both traditional and digital artists, as it provides the opportunity to analyse the volumes, structure and geometry of the body, understanding the relationship between the different parts. With a live model posing, we have a unique opportunity to study in an authentic and time-honoured learning process. We will work on a 1:3 scale (almost 750mm high) a generous size providing the opportunity to work more freely.

Modelling stand and armature are supplied. Material costs are aside and  please bring your own modelling tools. If you don´t already have tools, I recommend a set of cheap wooden spatulas for sculpting and pottery which can be found in any art shop. You should be able to work with these most of the time.

A suggestion for those who are keen to study the human figure, would be to combine this course with further practice. Fortunately, if you are not aware of it already, you should know Wellington is one of the most artistically active places in the world, no kidding. In this town, you can find an open live drawing session almost every day of the week. And on top of that, there is a live sculpting session on Saturdays in Javier’s studio. This landscape plus the great enthusiasm of the studios making it possible, provides a generous opportunity for those wanting to learn more and needing models to practice.

Pictures of the course July 19th – October 11th 2020.
Duration is 1 Term. Sunday Classes from 2pm-7pm.
Held at the Wellington school of drawing. 166a Cuba St.Wellington

COURSE COMPLETED

NEW COURSE NOW OPEN

Figure & Écorché
Male figure

Course starts March 14th and runs through to May 30th. 
Duration is 1 Term. Sunday Classes from 2pm-7pm.
Held at the Wellington school of drawing. 166a Cuba St.Wellington
Price$1150.
Stand provided. Materials and Modelling tools not included.
Max. students:  10

ENROLMENT  OPEN

Program March - May

NEW WORKSHOPS NOW OPEN

Studies of the head & face

Intensive workshop to learn the foundation of the human head. We learn proportion of the head and neck, structure (bone and flesh), scketching of the elements (eyes, nose, mouth and ears) , and basic anatomy of the face, working on your own life size sculpture.


REGISTRATION  OPEN
Wellington.         March 27th and 28th.
Christchurch.      April 10th and 11th.
Nelson.                April 24th and 25th.             ( 4 spots left )


THINGS YOU WILL LEARN

Plastic appearance of the body and gesture.
It´s important to break the body into different volumes, simplifying the form into a basic structure so you can play around with it and make it look more flexible. In this course we will be learning how to break it down, the proportions, geometry, rhythms of the body and of the different parts.

Anatomy
Learning the landmarks of the skeleton will help with proportions and locating muscles, reaching gesture, weight and the energy contained within the form.

References
We will be using many references from drawing books, anatomy for artist, and real photographs, to help us in the learning process. References and  looking at other artist’s work is always good because it gives you guidance.


Figure Course

Figure

From live Model

Duration of the workshop  2 to 3 days.
Max. students:  10
Stand provided. Materials and tools not included.

In this course, we work with a sight-size technique. The model sits behind your sculpture so you can trace the contour to build your work. We do this in 360º so you can get a close representation of the model by the end of the course. This is a good method to get results. This is stepping stone to the next level that we review during the course, which is more about understanding the structure of the body and how to approach it. This requires a lot of study, observation, and practice. This way we will get a good idea of how to create good habits and philosophy of work.

This course is usually 2 or 3 days over a weekend, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 1-hour lunch and a tea break unless a different schedule has been agreed with the organizer.  Also please check out conditions at the bottom of the website.

Sometimes after the course, we organize a practice session where you can join for a reasonable price and do your work with a live model for about 5-6 hours. These sessions are untutored. We only provide the stand, the model, and the place.

THINGS YOU WILL LEARN

How to break the body down into different volumes, simplifying it into a basic structure and make it look more flexible.

Anatomy
Having a better understanding of the muscles and bones and learning the landmarks of the skeleton will help to keep our work within the proportions, achieve gesture, weight and the energy contained.

Technical approach
Understanding what you can do with the materials and how to work with them is important for your practice. There are many ways to approach sculpture such as subtracting or adding material, types of clay, plasticine, armatures you can use, etc. Learning more about this will help you achieve the results you want. Also, we speak about casting and molding materials, as this is a common subject people ask about.

The goal
Getting a closer idea of the forms and the function of the body. Learning to keep the proportions and give energy and movement to your work. Also, beyond the practice, we look at methodology as to get a broader understanding of Sculpture to upgrade your skills.

Upcoming events 2021

Please contact the email address provided next to the dates if you are interested in signing up to secure your spot. A total or partial amount of the full price needs to be paid when signing up. Conditions may vary from one course to another.     Thank you!

STUDIES OF THE HEAD & FACE

SIMPLIFIED FIGURE

FIGURE WITH MODEL

No scheduled events.

Orewa. Statuary arts Center.
August 20th / 21st & 22nd.

CANCELLED!!


STUDIES OF THE HEAD & FACE

No scheduled events.

SIMPLIFIED FIGURE

Hamilton. Waikato society of potters
October 23rd /24th & 25th.

REGISTRATION OPEN
Contact: link

FIGURE WITH MODEL

Orewa. Statuary arts Center.
August 20th / 21st & 22nd.

CANCELLED!!


Portrait course

Portrait

Duration of the workshop  2 to 3 days.
Max. students:  10
Stand provided. Materials and tools not included.

“If you are new or you don´t have much experience, just follow the steps…” Sometimes this can be a bit too technical and boring at the beginning and to be honest, this is not my favorite way of working. However, I realize it is important to make a distinction between working intuitively and working using the knowledge you have. For example, if you try to speak another language without learning the rules, you can make people understand, by improvising words or mimicry. However, you can not have a conversation, until you know how the language actually works. This is why it´s better to fully understand things before moving forward.

The best way to start is by making a sketch with basic forms. This can be achieved by following certain methods. There are many ways of doing so, depending on the student´s skills. However, measuring and double-checking help to build a correct work; moving towards a more complex piece. Getting familiar with the forms of the face and the elements ( eyes, mouth, nose, and ears ) will increase your chances to get solid results.

DAY 1:  Blocking out the forms.

The first day I will give a brief description of how to measure and block out the basic volume.

Learning proportions of the head and the neck, how to use the tools and materials, measurements.


DAY 2:  From the outside to the inside

By the second day, we should already have the volume and start adjusting to match the model. Then we will find the bones and flesh, lines of direction, connecting parts.

Learning to connect points,  sketching of the elements (eyes, nose, mouth, and ears)


DAY 3:  Adjusting the work

On the third day, we will spend time adjusting the work.

Some anatomy concepts and finishing up the work.

This course is usually 2 or 3 days over a weekend, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 1-hour lunch and a tea break unless a different schedule has been agreed with the organizer.  Also please check out conditions at the bottom of the website.

 

THINGS YOU WILL LEARN

How to block out the volume and proportions of the head. Elemental forms and their distribution. How to get a likeness.

Technical approach
Understanding what you can do with the materials and how to work with them is important for your practice. There are many ways to approach sculpture such as subtracting or adding material, types of clay, plasticine, armatures you can use, etc. Learning more about this will help you achieve the results you want. Also, we speak about casting and molding materials, as this is a common subject people ask about.


NEW COURSE NOW OPEN

Figure & Écorché
Male figure

Course starts March 14th and runs through to May 30th. 
Duration is 1 Term. Sunday Classes from 2pm-7pm.
Held at the Wellington school of drawing. 166a Cuba St.Wellington
Price$1150.
Stand provided. Materials and Modelling tools not included.
Max. students:  10

ENROLMENT  OPEN

Program March - May

NEW WORKSHOPS NOW OPEN

Studies of the head & face

Intensive workshop to learn the foundation of the human head. We learn proportion of the head and neck, structure (bone and flesh), scketching of the elements (eyes, nose, mouth and ears) , and basic anatomy of the face, working on your own life size sculpture.


REGISTRATION  OPEN
Wellington.         March 27th and 28th.
Christchurch.      April 10th and 11th.
Nelson.                April 24th and 25th.             ( 4 spots left )