Portrait sculpture


session 1

JUNE 3, 2024 – juNE 14, 2024


Rome contains some of the finest examples of portrait sculpture in the history of art. For ancient greek and roman portraits to Bernini’s innovations in portraiture through 19th century examples, there is no better place to study the sculptural portrait than in Rome!


This workshop will focus on sculpting a portrait from life with a focus on structural solidity and the evocation of a distinct personality. David will introduce a process of three-dimensional measuring that will help to quickly establish the likeness. We will work initially on establishing structure, symmetry and likeness and then move on to capturing the personality of the model in the sculpture.

David will cover the entire process of sculpting a portrait. We will begin with setting up the armature and establishing basic measurements then move to blocking in the major forms. From there we will address secondary forms and symmetry and then move into capturing expression and pose. David will also cover the use of reference photography in the process of sculpting the portrait.

In addition to the work in the studio with the model, we will be visiting museums, churches and galleries to see some of the great examples of portrait sculpture that Rome has to offer.



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 experience level is this workshop for?

This workshop is appropriate for all levels. The basic fundamentals of achieving a good likeness, honing your ability to see form and making choices that lead to an evocative portrait are applicable to everyone.

What materials do I need to bring with me?

All materials will be provided. If you have any favorite sculpting tools, bring them along. We will also have a broad selection of tools for you to work with.

Can I bring my portrait home at the end of the workshop?

We will provide a custom sized wooden box to carry your completed portrait home. The box size is based on airline carry on sizes.