Sculpting the Figure

Sculpting the Figure

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. www.valaola.com