Spring Class 2 - The seated 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 seated figure in clay using an internal armature

Mondays, March 14  – May 9 2022 (no class 3/28/2022)

In this 8 week workshop we will be building a seated figure in clay using an internal armature.

Beginning and continuing sculptors are invited to sculpt from a live model for eight sessions. There will be one long pose for the 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 figures up to 20 inches in height. 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.  We will also discuss in this workshop the finishing processes for the sculpture, including the seating structure, base and surfacing (paint, glaze, etc...) of figure seat and base. A separate finishing workshop is offered 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 armature)


Required Material List: 

  • 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)

Recommended Material list:

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

  • Clothing which can get dirty (or apron)

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


Materials included in class: 

  • Armature materials and sculpting base

  • Masking and drywall fiber tape

  • Trash bag to cover work

Additional Costs:

  • Clay can be purchased in class (regular clay $13, paper clay $15)


Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website: konrad-dunton.com

Class Fee: $335

Model Fee: Aprox. $75 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 03/14/2022 - 05/09/2022 (no class 3/28/2022)  

Day: Monday
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Number of meetings: 8
MPIC Clubhouse

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127