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Spotlight Saturdays

Spotlight Saturdays – Sketch to Sculpt: Character Creation in Clay

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Class size: 4-12 students

Class Age Level(s): 12 and up

Cost: $50.00 register here

Class Description:

Do you have a passion for character design? In this hands-on sculpting workshop, we will transform 2D sketches into a full 3D sculpture using polymer clay. Students will create an expressive character bust (sculpture of the head, chest, and shoulders) based on a design of their choice; initial designs will be provided by the instructor, but students are encouraged to personalize their sculptures to create a unique character of their own. No prior art experience necessary! All materials will be provided.

Course Objectives:

  1. Introduction to the basic tools, materials, and techniques needed for sculpting figures in clay.
  2. Learn how to build a stable armature for your sculpture.
  3. Step-by-step instructions on how to sculpt a human (or humanoid!) head from scratch.
  4. Learn about the anatomy and proportions of the human head, and how to adjust the different facial features to create a unique, believable character.
  5. Boost your own creative process by learning about the works of notable sculptors, both contemporary and historical.

Instructor: John Fabic

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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