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Sculpture Courses from Luke-Shepherd - Portrait Sculptor

By: Luke-Shepherd - Portrait Sculptor  18/07/2012
Keywords: sculpture, bronze, sculptor

Mastering Portrait Sculpture Courses 2014 22nd – 25th March 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK 30th May – 2nd June 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK 22nd – 25th August 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK 19th – 22nd September 2014 Hannahs, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK Silicon Mould Making Course 3rd – 5th October 2014 Bronze-Resin Casting Course 7th – 9th November 2014 “You have as much talent for teaching as you do for sculpture and I’m guessing that’s pretty rare.” JC Nottingham May 2011

Introduction: This carefully structured 4–day sculpture class builds on your unique ability and offers you key techniques and protocols that will help you unravel the complexity of understanding visual form. The master–class is limited to 10 participants in South Devon, England and suitable for professional as well as novice sculptors, as tuition will be individually tailored to suit your requirements.

Aims and Objectives: The portrait bust represents one of the most challenging tasks for the sculptor. The aim of the course is to train ways of seeing that develop perception of 3-D form. Using the portrait bust as the vehicle, you will uncover a complex understanding of the subtleties of the human architecture.

Throughout the course you will focus on method and procedure in a pragmatic approach that enables each stage of perception to be readily grasped.

  • Measuring and anatomical proportions:

    • Develop acute observation through stages of perception
    • Building an armature with different methods of construction
    • Going beyond knowledge of the human anatomy
    • Learning to close the gap between what is observed and what can be reproduced
  • Creating a likeness:

    • Working to commission
    • Bringing the clay to life
    • Knowing when to stop
    • Rescuing a disaster

Amy modelling Helen in the artist’s studio

Working procedure: The 4–day course is divided into 8 periods of sustained clay modelling. These are interspersed with relevant lectures and discussions. The skills used each day will be built upon in subsequent days, so that a protocol is developed that proceeds from the simple to the complex, from the external forms to the subtle details.
Each day will focus on specific aims and objectives in rendering a life&ndashlike portrait bust, with demonstrations and lectures covering style in sculpture, sculptural language and aesthetics.
Each modelling period will focus on gathering the correct information that is essential in unravelling the complex nature of the human head.

The course concludes with a critique of the work and an assessment of what has been learnt. The heads are prepared for firing, for later collection

Luke Shepherd has been leading 4 day portrait modelling classes for over 20 years. He regularly attends Master–classes himself with the Society of Portrait Sculptors.

Cost: To include all materials, scrumptious lunches and refreshments £465.


5% Previous Participants. MAS, Devon Guild and WPA Members

5% Early Bird Bookings 2 moths before start date

5% Bring a friend who books with you

5% For booking 2 or more courses

Please email for 4 page detailed information about this course.

Accommodation: If you would like recommendation with choosing your accommodation in South Devon, please let me know well in advance, as the best places are in demand at this time of year.

Please do not hesitate to if you would like further information about arranging Mould Making Courses, Resin Casting Courses

Keywords: bronze, Bronze Busts, Clay modelling, commissioned portraits, luke shepherd, portrait comision, portrait commision, portrait modeling, portrait modelling, sculptor, sculpture, sculpture classes, sculpture courses, sculpture lesson, Sculpture Workshops,

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