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Spring Class 1

Please book classes through Fort Mason Artists (online, or with check by mail). For up to date changes and other offerings visit FMA's official website.


Sculpting a clothed figure in clay using an internal armature

Mondays, Jan. 9 – March. 6 2023 (no class 2/20/2023)

In this 8 week class we will be sculpting a figure in clay with an emphasis on clothing. We will first work with the model in the nude for 4 sessions and later with the clothed model for 4 sessions. The initial focus will be to establish the human form with proper proportions and volumes, then we will switch to the study of the dynamics of clothing and how the folds can be simplified and made to enhance the pose.

Both beginning and continuing artists are invited to sculpt from our live model for seven sessions. There will be one long pose for the entire 8 weeks.  For those interested, we will start with a guided demonstration in building an internal armature, as we have done in previous classes.

The focus of instructional help will be on armature building, establishing the human form and how to drape it in clothing.

We will conclude the class by preparing the sculpture for firing it in the kiln.  Participants will be responsible for the firing of their piece. There will be an informational handout with the various kiln firing service providers. 

We will discuss the finishing processes for the sculpture including the creation of the base and surface treatment (paint, glaze, etc...) of figure and base.

A separate finishing workshop will be offered at another time, for those who would like to complete the sculpture to a gallery show ready state.

Please bring the following to the first day of instruction:

(These are the materials needed in building a sculpture with internal support structure)

Required Material List: (* You can purchase from instructor on first day of class)

  • Newspaper

  • Rags (to moisten and cover work at end of sculpting sessions)

  • Clay (can be purchased from instructor)

  • Box and packing materials to transport finished piece (last day of instruction)

  • Proof of Covid vaccination and mask


Materials Included in Class: 

  • Masking tape (1/2 to 3/4 inch wide) 

  • Drywall fiber tape (coarse mesh) 

  • 1⁄2 inch thick rectangular base board (side length 8 by 12 inches) 

  • Armature materials

  • Trash bag to cover work

Recommended Material List:

  • Sculpting tools (various basic tools will be made available in class)

  • Clothing which can get dirty (or apron)

  • Drawing paper and drawing materials of your choice (for initial figure sketching and planning stage)

Additional Costs:

  • Clay can be purchased in class (regular clay $15, paper clay $18)


Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website:

Class Tuition: $375

Model Fee: $85 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 01/09/2023 - 03/06/2023 (no class 02/20/23)
Day: Monday
Time: 6:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Number of meetings: 8
MPIC Clubhouse

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127

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