The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity

Spotlight Saturdays – Animal Sculpting Workshop

November 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Class Size: 4-12 Students

Class Age Level(s): 12 and up

Cost: $50.00 register here

Class Description

Have you ever wanted to create your own life-like animal sculptures, but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to build realistic animal sculptures from scratch using common crafting supplies. Students will create an animal of their choice based on photos and illustrations. We will focus on different armature building techniques and basic anatomy. All skill levels are welcome! Materials will be provided.

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to the basic tools, materials, and techniques needed for sculpting animals in clay.
  • Learn how to build a stable armature for your sculpture.
  • Explore different techniques on how to create a variety of animal forms, like tails, fins, claws, wings, etc.

Materials / Supplies

  • Modeling clay
  • Armature wire
  • Aluminum foil
  • Floral or Crafting foam blocks
  • Assorted sculpting tools
  • Rolling pin
  • Hot glue & glue gun

Instructor Bio

John Fabic is a multimedia artist and aspiring educator based in Newhall. Working primarily in clay, he hopes to share his skills and passion for traditional sculpture with the young artists of Santa Clarita. He was bitten by the teaching bug in 2013 at Lord of the Light Art Studio and Gallery, an all-ages after school art program in San Jose, CA where he taught drawing, painting, and advised high school seniors on their college admission portfolios. He has also given private lessons, as well as crafting demonstrations at Michaels Stores. While he emphasizes the importance of building strong foundational art skills through consistent practice, above all he encourages students to continually explore new ideas, experiment with various techniques, and express themselves with confidence. A recent graduate of San Jose State University’s renowned Animation/Illustration program, he has over a decade of professional experience in painting and sculpture. Outside of the classroom, he balances his time between freelance illustration work and a career in the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

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