Figure Sculpture

session 2

JuNE 17, 2024 – June 28, 2024


There is no better place to study the sculptural representation of the human figure than Rome. From classical Roman masterworks to the figures of Michelangelo and Bernini, Rome offers an incredible array of stylistic approaches to the representation of the human form.


In this workshop we will work on a figure sculpture from a live model in the studio. We will be working in plasticine over an armature. Proportional systems and their use will be explored as well as the proper use of the armature to provide structural support  as well as freedom to adjust and change the composition. The use of a wide variety of tools will be covered as well as how to select the correct tool to achieve the desired effect. The use of small quickly sculpted compositional models will be included to distill the essence of the pose and transfer it to a larger piece. In addition to working from the live model, David will discuss and explain various approaches to working from different type of reference materials, from life casts to photographs.
Participants will have the opportunity to bring home the completed sculpture as a carry-on piece of luggage after the workshop.
A custom-sized wooden box will be provided for this purpose.
The workshop fee includes armature, clay and use of tools.


Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this workshop. If you have a question that isn’t addressed in the workshop description or these faqs, use the “Ask a Question”  button and we will be happy to get you the information!


What level is this workshop for?

Sculptors of all levels from beginners to professionals will benefit from this workshop. Beginners will learn foundational concepts and techniques while advanced sculptors with have the opportunity to synthesize techniques with ideas developed throughout centuries of figurative sculpture.

What about the materials? Do I need to bring them with me?

All materials will be provided, including plasticine, armature and a selection of tools to use. Participants should bring any favorite tools with them to work with.

What about my finished sculpture? How do I get it home?

We will provide you with a custom sized wooden box designed to satisfy airline carry-on requirements. We will help you pack your sculpture into the box and you can bring it as hand-luggage on your flight back from Rome.