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Fall Class 2

Ceramic and Metal

In this 8 week sculpting class we will be focusing on a dynamically posed figure in clay using an internal armature.

Beginning and continuing sculptors are invited to sculpt from a live model independently or with instructional assistance. There will be one long pose for the entire duration of the class.  For those interested, we will start with a hands-on-demonstration in building an internal armature, which will not require the traditional cutting out of armature, hollowing and reassembling of parts. This armature type is well suited for dynamic poses and figures 20 inches and higher. In addition, instructional help will be offered in anatomy and in sculpting styles and approaches.

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.

Building a dynamic pose in clay using an internal armature

Mondays, October 21 2024 - December 16 2024 (no class 11/25/2024) 

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 *

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

  • Proof of Covid vaccination


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 $20)


Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website:

Class Tuition: $375

Model Fee: $85 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 10/21/2024 - 12/16/2024 (no class 11/25/24)
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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