Sculpting the Figure

Vala Ola
Course Meets
01/14/2019 - 01/18/2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM on Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
$680 + $55 model fee/ 5 days
Studio Support Donation
About Studio Support Donation
By fundraising the School underwrites each adult student on average of $200 per workshop. We rely on the generosity of our donors to help support the School and many have done so by paying it as a donation. Thank you for your generosity. When you sign up for a workshop, there are two fields listed. The “Tuition Price” alone or an added donation: “Studio Support Donation.” “Studio Support Donation” is a tax-deductible donation to the School.
Skill Level
Intermediate to advanced
Oil-based Clay
Supply List
Ola Supply List - Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms versus defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicating emotion. Finally, students will learn how to add their own personal twist to the pose. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong and emotionally engaging the viewer. A work of art will be created that expresses the student’s own unique voice.