Observation to Abstraction: The Figure in Clay

Observation to Abstraction: The Figure in Clay

12 and 13 Dec 2023 | 2 day


RWA Drawing School Studio, RWA, BS8 1PX


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12 and 13 Dec 2023

Tutor - Sophie Howard

Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December 2023, 10am - 4pm

This two-day class explores ways of stylising and abstracting the human form through manipulating a block of terracotta clay. You will have the opportunity to sculpt the figure from a life model on the first day, and on the second day be steered by imagination and memory to carve into and abstract your modelled figure. There will be an option to have sculptures fired at a later point for a small fee but you will have to arrange your own transportation of your sculpture. Suitable for all abilities.

Basic materials provided, although we recommend bringing your own tools if you have them, and wearing clothes and footwear suitable for a studio environment.

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Participants must be 16 or over.

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