Sculpting the Figure
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig
Medium: Sculpture (Plastiline)
Dates: March 25–29, 2019 (M-F)
Skill Level: Appropriate for all levels
Workshop Fee: $875
Class size: Limited to only 12
Additional fees: $100 materials fee, $75 model fee, Sculpture Trestle (if needed)
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 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 24” figure in plastiline over an aluminum armature. The proper use of modeling tools will be covered. This workshop will include two evening lectures about the artist’s work and sculptural process.
Materials for creating the sculpture will be provided (Clay and armature.) Sculpture tools and sculpture trestle (model stands) are not included but will be available for purchase. The course does not involve mold-making and casting. Transporting of finished work is the sole responsibility of the student. The sculpture trestle pictured on the left is an example of what we will have available for you to rent or purchase, however they will also include casters for portability around the studio.
Brian Booth Craig (b. 1968; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in the bronze medium. Sculpting from life, Booth Craig’s 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, Booth Craig’s figures capture moments of individual self-assertion. Booth Craig 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). His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States.