Sculpting The Head In Clay

July 6 - July 10


Sculpting The Head In Clay

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Sculpting The Head In Clay

Understanding the underpinnings of the face is very helpful in creating a believable sculpture bust. Louise will draw upon her experience in portraiture and in forensic reconstruction to teach this workshop.

Students will first sculpt a skull using the replicas provided for reference. The replicas will include different ages and ethnicities. From there, they will begin to block in and refine the muscles, features, neck, and hair using reference materials of their choice or of that provided by the instructor. As the work progresses, emphasis will be placed on understanding how bones and muscles influence features, on bringing out the character of the emerging head, and on the sculptural nuances that bring this work to life. The emphasis will not be on creating a likeness to a particular person, but on creating a “lifelike” sculpture.

Advanced students wanting to create a portrait of a particular person should contact the instructor prior to class to receive advice on how to photograph their subjects.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Prerequisites: Previous handbuilding experience
  • Course Level: Intermediate

Price: $715

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Louise is a Vancouver born and internationally trained clay and bronze sculptor. She has created commissioned portraits for the Catholic Church and the Vancouver Law Courts. Last year she was a finalist in their members only competition and placed within the top 100 portraitists in the International Portrait Competition held by the American Portrait Society. 

Click here to read more about LOUISE SOLECKI WEIR

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