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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture
April 18-19, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model. Anatomy, proportion, design and personal artistic growth with both representational and abstract approaches to the figure will be addressed. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205, Lab Fee $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Guided Freedom of Self-Expression
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This "casually intense" workshop includes the traditional basics such as anatomy, composition, proportion, building your own armatures, etc. The instruction is set up in such a way to give the greatest amount of individual freedom for every student to pursue their own strongest interest. This includes their choice of subject matter and size they wish to work. Although accuracy of anatomy and proportion is discussed, the greater emphasis is on allowing individual uniqueness to blossom...often in spite of how things "technically" are. This technique is used to help release the "aesthetic power" that resides in everyone. Guided freedom of self-expression is the essence of this workshop...whether working realistically or abstractly. Lincoln is especially gifted at gently pushing each student along their chosen path. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lincoln Fox, www.lincolnfox.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Concrete: Not Just For Sidewalks Anymore!
April 22-23, 2015 (9:30 am -5:00 pm) — Join us for two full days with Master Artist Robert Dancik as he introduces us to a new and exciting concrete material developed especially with artists in mind. As unlikely as concrete for jewelry may seem, it is easy to use, extremely versatile, unbelievably inexpensive and.... surprisingly lightweight. In fact, it is lighter in weight than stone, resin or metal of comparable size and this makes it perfect for jewelry and other forms of personal adornment as well as small sculpture and utilitarian objects. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and play with one of the most innovative artists and instructors working today! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Robert Dancik
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts
Cost: $399
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: (830) 438-1884

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No Bones About It! with Robert Dancik
April 24-25, 2015 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join Master Artist Robert Dancik for a hands-on and extensive two-day workshop exploring Faux Bone, a new, friendly, and extremely versatile material. Faux Bone can be cut, and carved, sawn and sanded. It can be filed, hammered, polished, drilled, and painted. A full range of color can also be applied to your Faux Bone work using a variety of materials and techniques. You can heat and bend it with nothing more than a small embossing heat-gun. It is so strong you can rivet on it, die form right into it, or hammer metal around it. Come and learn how this wonderfully versatile material and these widely applicable techniques will help add depth and breadth to your creative pursuits. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Robert Dancik
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts
Cost: $399.00
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: (830) 438-1884

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4 day workshop on Figure Structure in Clay
April 30 - May 3, 2015 (10 am - 5 pm with 1 hr lunch break) — This workshop focuses on the structure of the figure in clay working with life models. We will focus on the structure, geometry, rhythmic movement, and anatomy of the figure. The forms of the figure are essentially identical on all figures, while individually varying in proportion and volume within a range. Movement, planes structure, volumes, rhythmic form, gesture, and anatomy all will be covered. We will model the figure from the largest masses and planes and breaking them down to smaller forms - this is the organizing and unifying principle, abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes into which the anatomical understanding can be placed. Teaching will include demonstrations, individual critiques, and lectures. Visit website


Location: Oakland, CA
Instructor: Stephen Perkins, www.stephenperkins.net
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Cost: $500 (non members)
Email: Paul Bigelow
Phone: (510) 541-1196

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Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture
May 4-8, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed. This workshop benefits both technical and fine artists who deal with the human face. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Structure of the Head with Stephen Perkins
May 5-8, 2015 (10 am - 5 pm with 1 hour lunch break) — This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. It will involve working from a live model - but in clay as opposed to charcoal. The focus is on the structure of the head as well as the principles and practice of portrait sculpture. The head is a complex form but each form has a standard pattern to it and once learned, the mystery is gone and the likeness of the image is a matter mostly of proportion. Stephen will provide demonstrations showing the structure of forms and the sequence of the steps to producing good portrait results. Visit website


Location: Oakland, CA
Instructor: Stephen Perkins, www.stephenperkins.net
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Cost: non members $500
Email: Paul Bigelow
Phone: (510) 541-1196 (better to e-mail)

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Bas Relief
May 8-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bas-relief is something we handle every time we put a coin in our hand. The images on coins are bas-reliefs as are the magnificent sculptures in the friezes on the ancient greek buildings. Bas-relief is an exciting, fascinating and varied form of sculpture, and is somewhat like drawing and painting as it begins with a flat surface of clay and can be built up according to the subject and the artist's imagination. Students may bring simple images if they wish and set-ups will also be ready subject matter for bas-reliefs. In this class students will create two bas-reliefs. They will be dried and fired and the following week we will patina the fired clay so we will have a completely finished sculpture. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Henningsen
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sculpture Workshop on the Italian Riviera
May 12-19, 2015 (10-16pm) — Learn to sculpt for a 7-day workshop at the seaview Retreat villa d'arte. For beginners and advanced, you can sculpt or choose stone carving or wood as you prefer. Villa d'arte is located on the Italian riviera next to the famous french cote d'azur: a little paradise to create. Artist residencies on site. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: accademia d'arte
Cost: 1400 euros single, 895 twin double
Email: Nicole Durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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Sculpting Animals from Life at West Yellowstone
June 8-12, 2015 — In this exciting and unique workshop participants will be primarily sculpting at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana with an occasional expedition into Yellowstone National Park. Ken Rowe's workshop will simplify the seemingly overwhelming process of sculpting animals from life. Starting with armatures, students will be shown how to build easy and accurate structures for both birds and mammals. Then using live reference (bison, wolf, bear) students will sculpt their individual pieces as Ken demonstrates how to see and map their way to a completed field study. Participating students can expect to complete two or three studies from life during this one-of-a-kind, five-day course. Visit website


Location: West Yellowstone, MT
Instructor: Ken Rowe
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $900
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Beginning Wood Carving: Working Subtractively
June 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Carve and finish a small wood sculpture in western cedar or poplar. The emphasis will be on utilizing a visual economy of form and "seeing inside out" as you create your piece. Gain an understanding of the subtractive process in sculpture. First, design and create a plasticene mode, then carve your sculpture in wood. Chris demonstrates carving and finishing techniques--using primarily a half round file, a cabinet rasp, a utility knife, and sanding abrasives. Learn the proper use of wood chisels and power carving tools. Come with ideas and leave with a finished wood sculpture. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Chris Berti, Artnet.com/artists/chris-berti
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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3-Day Sculpture Workshop
June 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop focuses on developing individual aesthetic skills while using Super Sculpey polymer clay. This course introduces technical skills while sampling various aspects of 3-dimensional art. During these sessions, students will create a minimum of three sculptures to present to the class and take home at the end of the workshop. Emphasis is placed on observational skills, understanding the techniques and value of critiquing 3-dimentional work, and developing ideas for current and future projects. This course is particularly valuable to 2-dimensional artists who have had trouble in creating 3-dimensional work. We go through the concepts of "seeing" 2-dimensionally and "creating" 3-dimensionally. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lew Aytes, lewaytes.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Expressive Self-Portraits in Clay
June 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Utilizing a mirror and reference photographs, create an expressive self-portrait using self-hardening clay. Robin demonstrates how to use an "ecorche" (muscles without skin) approach to begin the sculpting of your skull shape, while focusing on proportion. She then demonstrates how to apply clay to build the appearance of muscle upon that substructure. Gain a deeper understanding of how facial muscles work, both together and independently, to create expression and emotion. Robin demonstrates and includes discussions on finishing techniques and surface treatments. Mirrors are provided. Bring 3/4 quarter view and profile view photographs of your head and neck to use as reference. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sculpture Workshops in the Cyclades
June 15-20, 2015 (10-20pm) — Learn to sculpt the ancient traditional Greek way in the middle of the Cyclades, Kythnos. This is a most incredible experience and workshop. You do not need any previous experience, step by step instructions lots of individual attention. For advanced, we do stone carving organized by well known international stone carver. Visit website


Location: Kythnos, Greece
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: accademia d'arte
Cost: 895 euros
Email: Nicole Durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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Stone Carving Workshop on the Italian Riviera
July 4-11, 2015 (10-16pm) — In the most beautiful setting and art retreat, come to sculpt in a seaview magic place. Learn the traditional way of stone carving for beginners and advanced. We have beautiful alabaster. At the end of the week, return back with your finished sculpture. A very challenging but rewarding experience. Enroll now, small classes. Seaview artists residencies. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: accademia d'arte
Cost: 895 euros
Email: Nicole Durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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Foundry: An Introduction
July 11 - August 15, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $950, Non-Credit $595, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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Summer Academy for Teachers: PAFA in Your Classroom
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The Summer Academy for Teachers is designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Study painting strategies, drawing concepts, printmaking and sculpture methods; and learn ways to use them in the classroom. Visit the PAFA Museum and Vaults and select off-site locations to connect educational ideas with art projects and demonstrations. Learn new artistic methods and study powerful design and educational theories while you collect ideas for classroom projects. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Stone Carving in Peebles, Scotland
August 2-7, 2015 (full day) — Stone carving in Scotland dates back hundreds of years. We are first inspired by our tour of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by the DaVinci Code. With Susheila's expert guidance we quickly learn techniques of stone carving. You will create a work 'Inspired in Scotland ~ Made by You'. Includes accommodation, materials, transport within Scotland and welcome reception and dinner. Visit website


Location: Peebles, Scotland
Instructor: Susheila Jamieson
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2274
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Bronze Casting
August 11-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn the ancient art of bronze casting using contemporary methods and materials. Using our on-site ceramic shell-casting process, create original (or use existing) wax sculptures for your work. Teresa guides you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting. Expect to complete a bronze sculpture and to acquire knowledge of each step of the lost wax process. Be ready for a busy week loaded with information, physical hard work, and a unique hands-on experience! Additional materials costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumable supplies. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Teresa Lind, www.CowyardStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Desktop to 3-D Print
August 18-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create 3-Dimensional models using open source software, and watch your models materialize on a Makerbot 3D printer. Learn about the process of 3-D modeling, exporting files, slicing, and printing on the Makerbot 3-D printer. Previous digital 3D modeling experience is not expected or required - although general digital skills are helpful. Bring a laptop (either Mac or Windows format) with a wireless connection, and a mouse with left and right buttons and scroll wheel. Tablet style (iPad) computers will not work with this software. This workshop is intended to provide hands on access to this new tool set: for sculptors, jewelers, and creatives who are curious about 3D printing. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Burt Isenstein, NancyandBurt.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Stone Carving Workshop in Italy
September 22-29, 2015 — Join Australian sculptor Janet Cameron for a 7-day stone carving workshop at The Retreat. Includes 5 days of stone carving with morning and afternoon sessions with tea/coffee breaks. A one-day sight-seeing excursion to the Roman travertine city of Ascoli Piceno, accommodation at The Retreat with breakfast, lunches and dinners with wine (apart from lunch on sight-seeing day), pick-up/drop-off on arrval and departure days, transport during the week. All materials, tools and tuition are included. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: Janet Cameron
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Animal Sculpting in Wool - The Amazing Felting Needle
October 2-3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to sculpt animals using only carded wool and specially designed felting needles. In this two-day workshop, students will create an animal of their choosing. Sculpt a favorite pet, polar bear, lion, llama, giraffe, chimp or even a fantasy animal such as a dragon. The workshop will teach participants how to analyze their animal's anatomy, create an appropriate armature and detail facial features to recreate a life-like felted animal. All experience levels welcome. Maximum number of students: 15. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sharon Costello
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $30 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy | Self-Study
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey's excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals and how species evolve. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


3D Anatomy-Ecorche | Self-Study
Ongoing (Ongoing) — An ecorché/3D anatomy model is a centuries old method of learning anatomy through three dimensional means. The word ecorché is French for flayed body and refers to human or animal anatomy by which you can see the interplay between the skeleton, tendons, ligaments and the muscles on the living form. It is an essential means for every figurative artist to better interpret through knowledge of what he/she sees. Rey will guide the student through making a skeleton in Sculpey, followed by laying on the muscles that constitute artistic anatomical form. This is an intense, hands-on approach to learning the body - a necessity for any artist concerned with learning accurate anatomical representation. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Anatomy Bundle (Human & Animal Anatomy Plus 3D Ecorche)
Ongoing — In this 3 course online self-study bundle, students receive the ultimate in anatomy education. Rey will enthusiastically go in-depth in both human and animal anatomy in these taped live course experience. This anatomy bundle is essential for digital and traditional artists who want to bring life to their projects and become well-trained in artistic anatomy studies. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $1,195.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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