Figurative artists from many traditions have long made quick studies in preparation of their larger work. Stone, wood and bronze sculptors often utilized bozetti made from clay, while larger in situ works in plaster, stucco or fixed earths often were built up from bases of bound straw, jute, wax, wrought steel and other materials. With the industrial revolution came ready access to new materials and fabrication methods such as wire, cements, synthetic glues, fibers, and polymers.

Of these materials, wire is among the most versatile for studying gesture and working out complex multi-figure compositions. In this two day workshop you will learn methods for efficiently studying and rendering the figure in the round and for understanding even the most complex gestures easily and reliably. You will learn the basics of working with armatures, massing up, and explore ways of rendering skin for surface effects. We work from the model to develop quick studies that can stand on their own, or be the foundation for later work in two and three dimensions. Painters and craftspeople will find the gesture studies invaluable for lighting, composition and gesture studies. Though following in the vein of Fast Figures 1, there are no prerequisites. This class is a must for serious students of the figure and a great introduction to figure sculpture for beginners.

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