The Expressive Portrait

The Expressive Portrait

Modeling a portrait from life is a fantastic way to study the forms of the human face and head, and improve clay modeling skills. Alicia will break down the important structural elements needed to achieve a likeness, the proportions of the face and head, and the specific forms of the features...as well as how they change in subtle expressions. Students will work from life to create a roughly 3/4 life size bust in water-based clay on a fixed armature. Teaching methods will include brief lectures, demos, and individual feedback. Alicia will develop a piece alongside students throughout the week. In addition to working from the model to develop a portrait, Alicia will demonstrate how to construct individual features and students will be encouraged to model the features highlighted during each demo with Alicia. www.aliciaponzio.com