Figurative Sculpture with Kimberly Monson


This observational sculpture course makes use of a live model to investigate three-dimensional concepts and human form. Students will be introduced to the tools, materials, techniques and methods of modeling the human figure including armature building, clay application, elements of form, proportion, and visual anatomy. Observation of basic forms will begin the systematic study of convexity, concavity, planar orientation, projection, volume, silhouette, line, symmetry and proportion. These foundational concepts will be coupled with methods for accurately observing, measuring and depicting the figure in three-dimensions. The synthesis of these methodologies will be the cornerstone for assessing figural archetypes and anatomical structures.


Class demonstrations will be provided, but the emphasis will be on individual instruction to encourage the student’s own sense of personal expression. Critiques will be customized to the individual. Students of all abilities and experience are welcome.




Materials List
12” to 15” maquette sized figure

For the Armature

12 16” c 16” plywood board

12 flange for 1/8” pipes can buy larger and get a reducer to

accommodate 1/8” pip

12 8” long 1/8” pipe (a 6” can be used if it’s all that’s available)

12 3” long 1/8” pipe

12 1/8” elbow

24 small hose clamps (2 per student: bigger will work but they can get in

the way)

12 rolls 1/8” armature wire

12 rolls 1/16” wrapping wire

For Sculpting

12 at least 3 good clay modeling tools. More is better but I recommend…

12 one small loop tool

12 one small wooden tool with one pointed end

12 one small sculpting knife

Clay between 2 and 4 blocks of Chavant Professional Plasteline per student

Optional tools:


Wire Snips

Measuring Tape



Small steel sculpting tools

Clay cutter