Summer Class - The standing 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 standing figure in clay using an internal armature

Mondays, May 16th – June 27 2022 

In this 7 week class we will be building a standing figure in clay using an internal armature

Beginning and continuing sculptors are invited to sculpt from a live model for eight sessions. 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 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 (including Booster) 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 $15, paper clay $18)


Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website:

Class Tuition: $295

Model Fee: Aprox. $65 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 05/16/22 - 06/27/22
Day: Monday
Time: 6:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Number of meetings: 7
MPIC Clubhouse

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127