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. The class will spend the first part of the workshop roughly sculpting a skull in clay. From there, they will begin to block in and refine the 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


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

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on January 21st at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on January 28th at 12:00pm (PST)

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