Classical Instruction with Modern Techniques, a Leader Among Schools
The Lynn Forbes School of Sculpture is a place where beginners as well as experienced sculptors can discover the exciting process of creating figurative sculpture from ceramic clay. We teach students to use their, train their "eye" and hands.
A highly disciplined art form, skill in sculpture develops with practice. You will find these techniques challenging and fun from the beginning!
10 month student finishing portrait of husband
Classes are limited to 6-10 students per model. This ensures that students receive highly individualized instruction and have good access to the model.
Students work on rolling modeling stands that allow them to move freely about the model in order to study all aspects of the three dimensional form.
Lynn Forbes stresses the importance of developing strong fudamental skills in creating portrait likenesses. For that reason, a basic portrait class is recommended for beginners.
An example of a model and a two-year student's work.
Seated, Standing, Reclining Poses
A variety of poses are available to classes that help in the continuing development of student skills.
Basic Anatomy Studies
Several techniques are used in teaching students anatomy which is fundamental to the full understanding of human form.
As in all Greek Classical sculpture, the study of the nude form is essential to the art form.
For a portrait, Visual Dynamics starts by integrating two techniques to establish the all-important foundational form. First, critical "points" are located on the face and visually mapped in the clay shape itself. Second, a "willing participant" technique is used to help the brain and hands memorize the precise form of the human face.
Then, various exercises are used to ingrain a form into the brain and also, in the case of a full body pose, to teach the sculptor to accentuate what is seen into an even more beautiful form.
10 week class with model: $245
Half-day, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day rates.
Immersion courses available.