Portrait sculpture can be studied on weekend or week-long Workshops or Masterclasses.

Our approach to sculpting reflects the actual 3D nature of sculpture, as compared to the implied 3-dimensionality of drawing and painting. The making of sculpture is less dependent than these disciplines on the position and direction of the light, and has more to do with the tangibility of form and anatomy.

‘Engels’, Ciment Fondue by Giles Lester (LARA tutor)

We set up the model in the same way as for drawing and painting, and the initial sense of the pose is established by standing back and comparing what one is making with what one is seeing – to scale – and making adjustments accordingly. We then work using calipers to take measurements, and also apply matchsticks to physically mark fundamental points of reference that one can then trust.

The emphasis is on the silhouette as created by the contour, or outline, of the portrait and, to bring this out, the model is set against a white background for maximum contrast.

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Figure Sculpture can be studied in a two week intensive workshop structure.

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Portrait sculpture can be studied on weekend workshops or week long intensives.

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