Workshops

INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN ACADEMY

In spring 2020 Figura will present four series of introductory workshops in Amsterdam. These short, intensive courses will introduce participants to the methods and processes of Figura’s year programme.

Classes are presented in English and Dutch.

It is also possible to attend workshops at the Florence Academy of Art, where Sanne held a teaching position. You can find the calendar for the upcoming year below. For the workshops in Florence, please contact The Florence Academy of Art.

Instructors: Melissa Kennedy and Sanne van Tongeren
Calendar: 10:00 – 16:00 | 26 April, 28 April – 1 May (5 days)
Price: 750 euro (armature and material included)
Location: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, 1065 AS Amsterdam (tram 1 en 17, metro 50 en 51)

Did you know that the best draftsmen were often gifted sculptors? Sculpting is simply “drawing in space”! Find out how sculptors like Michelangelo and Giambologna worked by looking back at the incredible work that comes out of our Florentine methodology. Techniques of old and new combine to create the Figura curriculum. The classical lives on!

About this Workshop

Sculpting an image in the correct proportions AND a convincing pose? That is the purpose of this workshop! In 8 lessons you will create a figure study in clay from a live model (1: 5 scale). The lessons are based on the “drawing in space” methodology. Every evening begins with a briefing and a demo, and ends with a retrospective. Teacher and sculptor Sanne van Tongeren guides you individually at your own level during the evening. Do you have experience with modeling and drawing, but want to deepen or professionalize that knowledge? Then this is the course you are looking for. The groups are small and the lessons are focused on developing and improving your techniques from a structural approach. The lessons take place in the studios of Figura (Amsterdam West). After the workshop you will receive your sculpture, your tools and your armature to bring home. This way you can continue developing your skills in your own environment.

What we are going to do

  1. First we will determine the model’s position and adjust the armature accordingly.
  2. You will then learn to set up a solid structure in clay, starting with “the box and egg”. These basic structures represent both the attitude and the proportions of the model.
  3. Next you will develop your figure. You receive lessons in the realistic representation of both lines and surfaces. In this way, we deal first with the observation of contours. You learn to “draw in space” and prepare yourself for the second part of the lesson series: observing light. Other concepts that will be discussed are: compression versus extension, the use of the centerline, the layering and rendering of form.

Why this workshop?

This is why you must register for this workshop:
✓ the lessons are in the evening, so that they can be combined with your work schedule
✓ you receive lessons from classically trained experts
✓ All class hours are model hours with a live model
✓ the groups are small
✓ you receive individual guidance at your level
✓ the costs include clay, tools and armature

Instructor: Sanne van Tongeren
Date: Mondays 19:00 – 21:30 | February 24 | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | April 6, 20
Price: 750 euro including armature and material (Chavant Clayette oil based clay)
Location: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, 1065 AS Amsterdam (tram 1 and 17, metro 50 and 51)

The complexity and beauty of human anatomy

Are you, like us, fascinated by the complexity and beauty of human anatomy? Then our new course, Anatomy & écorché, is designed just for you! Artists use the term écorché (“skinned”) to describe a sculpted figure whose muscles are stripped of skin and whose muscle layers are partly shown down to the bone. The écorché often serves as a reference figure for assignments, or as an exercise for students who follow a classical figurative art education.

Instructor: Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
Dates: 29 feb – 4 march 2020 | 6-10 june 2020
Price: 1,500 euro including armature and clay (Chavant Clayette oil based clay)
Location: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, 1065 AS Amsterdam (tram 1 and 17, metro 50 and 51)

About the Course

The purpose of this course is for students to understand how the skeleton’s structure determines a pose, and to get a better idea of what is happening below the surface of the skin. This course consists of two intensive master classes of 5 days each (10 days in total): the the deeper muscle masses in February and the large volumes/ visible surface muscles in June.

The lessons will be given by painter and former director of the anatomy program at the Florence Academy of Art, Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund. Per Elof (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) has taught at The Florence Academy of Art for more than a decade and has recently returned to his hometown in northern Sweden: www.penricklund.com. The lessons are partly supported by an anatomy app, developed by one of our other teachers, Alexander Kafoussias (Stockholm, Sweden). During Alex’s studies at The Florence Academy of Art, he developed the tool “Écorché Assistant”, a digital handbook for sculptors. After his studies, Alex continued sculpting at the Madame Tussauds studios in London. He is currently based in Stockholm, freelancing and giving master classes. The groups are small and the lessons are focused on developing and improving your techniques from a structural approach. The lessons take place in the studios of Figura (Amsterdam West). After the workshop you will receive your model, the lesson sheets and your armature to bring home. This way you can continue your studies in your own environment.

What we will do in the course:

Workshop description

In this workshop participants will sculpt the portrait of a live model.
During the workshop the participants will engage in individual feedback sessions regarding their work. Observation is central to these discussions: what do our eyes see, what does our brain think and how do we translate what we think we see into clay? Nothing is measured: the eye is trained to find the correct proportions by comparing them at a distance. First of all, participants will be taught to accurately draw a facial profile in clay. This will address the following points: estimating depth, organising information around a centre line and finding points of reference. Starting from the central line on which the profile is built, the portrait is then worked out en face in its width. Aside from the aforementioned elements, attention will also be given to anatomical knowledge and the use of lighting to understand shapes.

This workshop aims to introduce participants to a method that will enable them to independently fashion a convincing human portrait out of clay.



Instructor: Sanne van Tongeren
Time table: 10:00 – 13:00
Length: 8 sessions
Calendar: weekends 4-5 and 18-19 April, 2-3 and 16-17 May
Location: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, 1065 AS Amsterdam (tram 1 en 17, metro 50 en 51)
Cost:  750 euro (student 650 euro); material and armature included (water-based clay)

This is a workshop of The Florence Academy of Art.

Instructor: Part I: Maudie Brady and Georgina Mills, Part II: Eran Webber and Sanne van Tongeren
Time: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 12:00am & 1:00pm – 4:00pm (class ends at 6:00 pm during casting session)
Dates: January 7 – February 7
Location: Via Aretina 293, 50136 Florence
Cost: € 3.125,00 + € 150,00 mould making materials fee

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