Neil Sculpting

Atelier Series: Figure and Face Workshop, an Introduction to Sculpting in Clay

If you have ever wanted to learn how to sculpt the head and body in clay, this is a great workshop for you. In this week-long intesive, instructor Neil Grant will teach you to sculpt realistic portraits and will start you on the journey to creating realistic figure sculptures.

Designed for beginner and intermediate students, this workshop will teach you a step-by-step process for creating a realistic portrait in water-based clay. It will also introduce you to figure sculpting through understanding the relationship between the rib cage and pelvis and being able to sculpt a realistic torso.

Using a model and other materials as reference, students will learn how to look at a person, simplify what they are seeing and sculpt a realistic likeness of the head and body. At each stage of the process, Neil will explain the theory, give a demonstration of the technique, and then work one on one with each student as they create their sculpture. The aim of the workshop is to give students a method they can take away with them and use to make portrait and figure sculptures in the future.

“This five-day workshop is designed to be a great introduction to portrait and figure sculpting in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. While students will get to take away a portrait and torso sculpture, the most important thing they’ll gain is a solid methodology they can use time and time again,” says Neil. “All you need to bring to this workshop is an eagerness to learn, and your lunch, and we’ll supply the rest, including tools, stands and models.”

Artist Bio:

Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. An award-winning artist, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor.

Neil lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he sculpts out of his studio and teaches classes and workshops across the Cape.

“Sculpture is how I put my thoughts out into the world, and so I try to make sure that they are ideas worth sharing,” says Neil. “All sculptures have an origin story, and mine normally begin with questions such as, ‘I wonder if anyone has ever attempted that in clay before?’ or ‘It’s probably not what you’d call classical sculpture, but I wonder if people would like it?’ I love sculpture and any other form of art that fuses skill, emotion, and if it can, a bit of humor. That’s what I aim for in my work."

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