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The Art of Sculpting the Human Portrait with Jim Lee

Event ID: 188388
September 09, 2017 -
September 30, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Clay Arts Studio
808 Lincoln Way
Downstairs at the ARTS Building
Auburn, CA 95603
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Venue Information:
Phone: 916.878.0993

The Art of Sculpting
Jim Lee
Sculptor / Instructor
Artist in Residence at General Gomez

CLAY ARTS STUDIO (lower level)


Tuition: $250.00
​At the time of sign-up, the entire tuition is required of which, $100 is non-refundable. Two weeks prior to the start date of the first of three sessions, the balance ($150) becomes non-refundable. Of course, if I have to cancel the class for whatever reason, the entire amount is refundable or can be transferred to another class.

Limited class size

20 hours (split into 3 sessions) of hands-on instruction on sculpting a portrait bust in water base clay - from armature to completion.

Session One - Saturday, September 9th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
We begin this class by creating the bone structure of the human skull and facial anatomy. This is a critical to the process of sculpting realistic human figures. If you don’t understand what lies beneath the skin, you'll struggle throughout this class and going forward. The bone structure in vital and the underlying anatomy influences facial movement. Once we have the basic bone structure of the skull, we add the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth and ears) using symmetrical lines, planes and volumes. There will be in-depth discussions on the differences in age, gender and ethnicity as well as the seven basic expressions of the human face.

Session Two - Sunday, September 10th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - We add the neck, shoulders and hair to create gesture and movement. Hair, like drapery must have the correct flow. Movement and shadows are important aspects of sculpture. Both can be obtained with hair flow and/or the muscles of the neck.

Session Three - Saturday, September 30th - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
By now the water-base clay has firmed. We finish the class by hollowing out the sculpture and finalizing the textures and detailing the features.

Clay, Armature and Tools with be provided for class use.

Please call or email Jim Lee at 916-878-0993 or

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