Sculptor's Eye: Drawing with Clay
Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
This class is for sculptors and painters alike, showing how sculptors gain the ability to see and think in three-dimensional space. Painters will further develop their sense of space by working with it physically.
The goal is to imbue drawing with the character of making sculpture and to have clay possess the fluidity, quickness and spontaneity of drawing. This will be achieved by using coarse drawing media with line work that will represent the clay modeling tools, then working in clay with fingers, tools in the same directness of expression.
The class may:
- Begin with an exercise in bas relief,
- then move to the figure as the sculptor progresses from drawing on paper to the sketch with clay, ‘the study, the maquette’, which can be treated as a series of explorations into details,
- or into larger finished sculptures.
Who is this class for: This class is for sculptors and painters who want to understand the 3-dimensionality of form in space and it’s profiles from all directions through the malleable and accessible medium of clay. It is recommended that students have some life drawing experience before starting to sculpt, but all level sculptors are welcome.