Spring Class 1 - The reclining figure

All classes need to be booked through Fort Mason Artists (online, or by mail). For up to date changes go to FMA's official website.

Building a reclining figure in clay using an internal structure

Mondays, Jan 17 – Mar 7 2022

In this 8 week workshop we will be sculpting a reclining figure in clay using an internal support structure for the figure. The figure can be integrated into a clay base, or separate for later mounting onto a base of a different material.

Beginning and continuing sculptors are invited to sculpt from a live model for six sessions. There will be one single pose for the duration of the 8 weeks  For those interested, we will start with a hands-on-demonstration in building an internal support structure, which will not require the traditional cutting out of armature, hollowing and reassembling of parts. This internal structure is well suited for figures of all sizes. In addition, instructional help will be offered in anatomy and in sculpting styles and approaches. 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.

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 also discuss in this workshop the finishing processes for the sculpture, including the base and surfacing (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 show ready state in a workshop setting.

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 Workshop: 

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

  • Drywall fiber tape (course mesh) 

  • 1⁄2 inch thick rectangular base board (side length 8 by 18 inches) 

  • 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 $13, paper clay $15)

 

Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website: konrad-dunton.com

Class Tuition: $335

Model Fee: Aprox. $75 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 01/17/2022 - 03/07/2022
Day: Monday
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Number of meetings: 8
Location: 
MPIC Clubhouse

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127