Portrait Sculpture


Please note that masks are highly encouraged but not mandatory in workshops.

Workshop Description

SJAC is thrilled to welcome back classically-trained artist and educator Melissa Kennedy! This fall, Melissa offers a special six-week portrait sculpting course. Combining demos and lots of hands-on sculpting time, students will work through observing a live model.

Melissa will help you to make the most of time-tested classical methods in sculpting the human face:

  • setting up a portrait in clay
  • establishing a consistent perspective
  • finding ‘points of truth’
  • looking for structure and likeness in a portrait
  • how to look for and map out forms
  • setting up symmetry in three dimensions

Workshop Information
Age group: Adults

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Dates: Thursday evenings – September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 26, 2023 (skips Oct. 19)

Duration: 6 weeks

Fees: $400

Skill level: Beginner

Capacity: Maximum 6 students

Seniors Discount: Seniors aged 65+ are eligible for a 20% discount on all adult workshops (applies to workshop student only); enter coupon code SENIOR65 at checkout.

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About your Instructor

Melissa Kennedy is a visual artist and art instructor in New Brunswick, Canada. Melissa studied traditional methods of drawing and sculpting at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. After her graduation, she remained at the Academy for three years as a principle instructor of drawing, before moving back to Canada.

Melissa strives to capture and express the beauty and subtlety that exists in nature, by focusing on recreating the accuracy of the feeling through extended observation of a subject. Choosing the medium that best suits the purpose, she works with a variety of materials for both drawing and sculpture, including charcoal, pencil, ink and oil, and water-based clays.

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