My favorite part of sculpting the human body is adding expression to a pose. Some of our most instantly readable expressions originate from our faces and hand gestures. In this workshop we will focus on building heads and hands to communicate emotion. Adjusting the position and placement of a hand on a face can mean the difference between communicating fear, nervousness or glee.
Feel free to bring inspirational images of heads, faces, or facial expressions, or work from your imagination. We will learn basic facial proportions as well as how to form details like eyes, noses, mouths, ears and hair. I will demonstrate a solid construction technique in clay, which will allow for the greatest flexibility to change our poses as we build. Heads will be created on a very simple plumbing pipe armature. I will also demonstrate how to remove a head from the armature and hollow it out, so that you can complete the hollowing process on your own.
Prior to the workshop, students should construct a simple armature with the following materials:
(some students may not be ready to hollow during the workshop and may wish to complete that process on their own after the demonstration)