Portrait Sculpture Spring 2019

This fun and friendly six-week class will teach beginner and intermediate students how to sculpt the head in clay while achieving proper proportions. Working with a live model, instructor Neil Grant will lead you through a step-by-step process to simplify what you are seeing and then construct a realistic likeness. At each stage, Neil will explain the theory, give a demonstration of the technique, and then work one-on-one with you as you create your sculpture. Come learn a method that will help you build fantastic portraits in a fascinating and forgiving medium!

Stands and tools will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own preferred tools, if they have them.

The included $30 materials fee provides sculpting tools, clay, stands, firing of the final piece, and a live model.

Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. The winner of the 2018 Newby Patrons Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor.

Neil lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he sculpts out of his studio, and is part of the teaching faculty at Cotuit Center for the Arts.

“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."

More details about Neil and his work can be found at www.granty-art.com

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.