Sculpture is the representation of form in three-dimensions. The principle medium for study will be working in oil based clay and casting in plaster. Though the absence of colour simplifies many technical considerations that are paramount in painting, work done in three dimensions has an additional concern for drawing that includes multiple viewpoints. Furthermore sculpture has a technical demand for translation from one medium to another. For this casting in plaster is used in order to finish student projects. sculpture intended to represent the three-dimensional structure, in class mainly we use clay and plaster. Sculpture By not using colors, various techniques are emphasized painting is simplified and condensed. Create a plaster image in the final stages of production.
In this course students follow the old method of learning sculpture as it was taught in the traditional ateliers of Europe and America. Students begin by learning how to make accurate copies of plaster casts of famous sculptures. These studies begin with smaller, simpler casts and progress in complexity. In this way students’ skills develop as confidence is built around using time honoured strategies and techniques of making sculpture that have been used since the days of ancient Greece.
At the Atelier Mould Making is not treated as an individual course. It is instead treated within the other sculpture courses. After students have finished making their sculpture in clay, they then make a plaster waste mould (one time use) and finally cast it in plaster. This is the most standard and traditional method of working in sculpture. As projects increase in difficulty their moulds will also increase in complexity and will become more elaborate. Mould making is an imprecise art, and though wonderful results can be obtained, complications sometimes can arise due to the nature of the material and then certain improvisations and repairs become necessary.
An ecorche is a traditional excercise for all art students. Even though it is a three dimensional model of the bones and muscles, it was something that both painters and sculptors would do. Students first make the bones and then attach muscles using oil-based clay over top of an aluminum armature. In doing this the actions and proportions of the human body become understood. Both medical and art reference materials are used in this course.
This course uses clothed live models for the purpose of making portrait busts (a sculpture of an individual from the collar up) Special consideration is given to the proportion and anatomy of the head and face as well as the treatment of hair.
Live nude models are used to create life-like paintings of the human body. This course takes into consideration a lot of material that is introduced in previous courses, especially cast sculpture, ecorche along with the much of the drawing courses. A series of long poses are used to develop students understanding and application of sculpting from life.
Sculpting from Memory / Imagination
In this course students learn how to make nude sculptures of their own design using memory and imagination. Sometimes this process includes the use of reference material from varied sources (eg. Art History, Anatomy, Photographs) but the material is used only to supplement and guide the students imagination and are not used as direct models to copy like they would be in other courses. Special attention is given to developing individual interest, composition & design and single & multi-figural work.