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Human Figure Modelling


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Working from a natural model is essential to understanding the structure and gesture of the human figure, and to train one’s capacity for observation according to classical-academic methodologies. Modelling the human figure provides a solid sculptural basis, focusing on the development of basic handcrafting skills.

This course is an introduction to figurative sculpture. By working with live models, nude in contrapposto, students learn to interpret nature through traditional techniques. They start by learning how to shape the model and pay attention to subtle changes in posture. Contrapposto poses are the most appropriate to get an understanding of the anatomy and variety between relaxed and tense muscles.

After an introduction to the academic techniques for modelling the human figure, students will begin to sculpt a figure at half its natural size, using an additive method, where they will construct the shapes slowly through three-dimensional drawing. They will observe the model from a distance and focus firstly on the overall impression and accuracy of the proportions and gesture, before moving on to modelling the shapes and other details. The first step is understanding the relationship between the box (pelvis) and the egg (the rib cage).

PLEASE NOTE: All modelling tools are available at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

July: 11 to 22 July 2022
August: 1 to 12 August 2022

Timetable: 9:30am to 3pm, from Monday to Friday

Language: Spanish & English



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