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Sculpting the figure

Brian booth craig

20 JAN  to 25 JAN  2020

The cost for this intensive workshop is


R 15 000 per person.

This event takes place InSitu. Each day will consist of two, 3 hr sessions starting at 9 am and ending at 5 pm. Refreshments will be provided and lunch can be foraged from any one of an exciting array of options in the neighborhood.

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques and traditions of figure sculpture through instruction in figure modeling.  Emphasis will be placed upon the systematic study of proportions, basic anatomy, composition and gesture.  This six-day course is also designed to give students a greater understanding and appreciation for the variety of artistic sculptural practices that employ the human form.  In addition to modeling the figure from life, this course will include lectures, presentations, discussions and demonstrations. In this workshop, students will work directly from a model to create a 60 cm figure in plastiline/ball clay over an aluminum wire armature, or a 75 cm figure in water based clay on an aluminum wire armature. The proper use of modeling tools will be covered. This workshop will include a one day workshop focusing on roughing out the head. 

Water based clay for creating the sculpture will be provided, those wanting to work in wax based clays will have to bring their own on account of the broad range in preferences. Untitled will have a basic assortment of tools, and there will be specialised instruments available for purchase from the artist. The course does not involve mold-making and casting. Transporting of finished work is the sole responsibility of the student.

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About the Artist:


Brian Booth Craig (b. 1968; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. His females nudes are imbued with a sense of agency. Mixing 21st century gestures with surprising talismans, his statues are very much of our time, despite the medium’s classical origins. Verist in nature, Craig’s figures capture moments of individual self-assertion. Brian holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University (1993) as well as an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art (2013) and is an Honorary Member of the International Sculpture Center (2013). A former apprentice and assistant of the painter and sculptor Audrey Flack, Brian also has extensive teaching experience, first as a professor of sculpture at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (2004-2015) and at art workshops in the US and Italy. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Internationally. Brian is represented by Louis K Meisel Gallery in New York City.

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