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Sculpture Classes at Litmus Gallery & Studios

Sculpture workshops at Litmus Gallery & Studios are usually taught by Jim Fatata and are devoted to realistically sculpting live models. Sculpture classes cover how to sculpt the human form using water based clay. Individual instruction will enable each student, beginners and advanced students, to work at their own pace. The classes focus on teaching each student how to develop their ability to see correct proportion, expression, and gesture with a heavy focus on anatomy. A live model poses for each class.

Students may choose to create a full-body sculpture, a torso, a relief, or a portrait. Some classes may focus on one format, but students are always free to choose their format.

If a student is unable to attend all sessions in multi-session classes, it’s often possible that they may pay a reduced fee to attend one or more sessions as their schedule permits. However, for those who wish to learn about sculpture and experience a start-to-finish projects, we recommend attending a full session.

The workshop fee covers the use of sculpting stand, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished sculpture. Water-based clay is available for purchase at the first session for $15 per twenty-five pounds bag.

Sculpture classes are held at Litmus Gallery & Studios at 312 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh. Those wishing to attend must reserve a space in advance. Notification will be sent to those requesting a space as to whether there is a space for them or if they are on the “wait list”. Refunds will not be given for missed sessions. Additional questions or to register for the workshop: artvision@bellsouth.net.

Learning Anatomy Through Sculpture

This figurative two-part workshop is devoted to realistically sculpting in clay a female and male model in a seated pose.   There will be three sessions with a female model and three sessions with a male model.  The sessions will focus on teaching participants to see and interpret correctly female and male anatomy.  Emphasis will be placed on creating sculptures that accurately capture the pose and that have correct proportions.  Figurative artists who work in 2-D and 3-D art forms can benefit from the workshop.  Individual instruction will enable each participant, beginners and advanced artists, to work at their own pace.  To advance skills in rendering human anatomy nude models are used for all figurative sculpture sessions.  Participants will complete two separate sculptures (one female and one male).  The female and male model will be in poses that relate to each other in an interesting and interactive composition.  Participants can sign up for all six 3-hour sessions or elect to just take either the three 3-hour female or male sessions.  The workshop fee for the 6 sessions is $145.  The fee for either the three female or three male sessions is $85. Water-base clay will be available for purchase at the first session for $15 per twenty-five pounds bag.  Payment is due at the first session attended and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards. The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the ...
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Sculpting a 3D Portrait in Clay

Workshop Schedule: Wednesdays: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on January 13, 20, & 27, 2016 Saturdays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on January 9, 16, & 23, 2016 This six (6) session workshop is devoted to creating a realistic 3-D stoneware clay portrait bust (head, neck, and possibly top part of shoulders) of the human head. Clay has been used throughout the centuries to create beautiful and enduring works of art. Clay is a strong, tough, durable, and timelessly beautiful material for creating art. From the very earliest civilizations to the present time, portrait busts made in clay have been one of the most consistent and reliable art forms to survive the test of time. The skills learned in this workshop can be used to produce treasured portraits of loved ones or special friends. Instruction will cover the basic techniques for sculpting a portrait working from photos and working with the live male model. From building an armature to applying finishing touches, sculpting techniques will be emphasized in a step-by-step process to complete an anatomically correct portrait and lifelike representation of the human head. The workshop fee is $135 (payment is due at the first session on Saturday, January 9 and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards). The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, portrait armature, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished portrait. Water-based stoneware clay will be available for purchase at the first session ...
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Sculpting A Female and Male in an Interactive Pose

This figurative workshop is taught by Jim Fatata and is devoted to realistically sculpting a female and male model in an interactive pose. Sculpture classes will cover how to sculpt the human form using water based clay. Individual instruction will enable each student, beginners and advanced students, to work at their own pace. The classes focus on teaching each student how to develop their ability to see correct proportion and gesture with a heavy focus on anatomy. A live model poses for each class. Sculptures created by participants will be bisque fired. This workshop will consist of five 3-hour sessions with the female and male model each posing for two sessions solo and one final session together. The two models will be in poses that can be joined together at the last session for an interesting, interactive composition. Optionally, the two different poses can be treated as two different sculptures and not be combined if a participant prefers that. To advance skills in rendering human anatomy nude models are used for all figurative sculpture sessions. The workshop fee for the 5 sessions is $125. If participants want to sign up for fewer than the five sessions the fee is $35 per session. Payment is due at the first session on October 14 and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards. The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished sculpture. Water-base clay ...
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Sculpture Classes

June/July 2015 Sculpture Sessions

Sculpting the Human Form Wednesday, June 17 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: female model will pose Wednesday, June 24 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: male model will pose Wednesday, July 1 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: male model will pose Models will be in a standing, seated, or reclining pose (TBD) which will give participants a chance to do a torso (no head, arms, or legs), a bas-relief wall hanging sculpture, or quick practice clay sketch.  Participants can combine their sculpture of the models into just one or more sculptures or keep each sculpture of the models as separate sculptures.  To advance skills in rendering human anatomy nude models are used for all figurative sculpture sessions.  The fee for each individual session is $35 or $85 to sign up for all three sessions (payment is due at the session and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards).   The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished sculpture.  Water-base clay will be available for purchase for $15 per twenty-five pounds bag.  The workshop is limited to eight participants and will be held at Litmus Gallery & Studios at 312 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.  Those wishing to attend must reserve a space in advance.  Notification will be sent to those requesting a space as to whether there is a space for them or if they are on the wait list.  Refunds ...
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