Sculpture Classes

Figurative and portrait sculpture classes are scheduled to offer adults, beginners and experienced artists, a unique opportunity to explore their artistic abilities and expand their art experiences through sculpting with clay. Class sessions are taught by Jim Fatata (View previously completed sculptures by Jim Fatata on this website) and are devoted to the artistic interpretation and exploration of the human form.

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All Levels of Sculpting Experience Are Welcome

A wide range of individual abilities and interests are accommodated. Participants who have not had previous clay sculpture training can receive individual instruction and assistance during their initial participation. Instruction will emphasize basic sculpting techniques and provide assistance and guidance in accurately seeing, and realistically interpreting human anatomy. The instruction and assistance will help participants create sculptures that are correct in form and proportion. Individual instruction will enable each participant, beginners and advanced students, to work at their own pace. Classes will focus on anatomy and will allow participants the opportunity to incorporate expression and gesture into their sculpture. Students may choose to create a full-body sculpture, a torso, a relief, or a portrait. Some classes may focus on one format, but students are free to choose their format.

Figurative Sculpting Process

Participants will learn the procedure for making a basic armature (when needed) and the proper technique for constructing a sculpture that can be fired in a kiln. To advance skills in rendering human anatomy, a nude model in either a standing, seated, or reclining pose will be used for figurative class sessions. For portrait sculpture classes models may pose exposed down to their waist. To give participants a comprehensive experience in sculpting the human form, an attempt will be made to alternate between different types of models, body types, age groups, racial groups and gender.

Sculpting Sessions

Sessions are limited to no more than eight (8) participants at a time. Three hour sessions are generally scheduled weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights) from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and occasionally held on weekends, usually Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Frequently there are two sessions scheduled during a week. Normally the same pose is used for all class sessions which might be schedule to be from 1 to 6 class sessions. Sculpture classes are held at Litmus Gallery & Studio at 602-G East Chatham Street, Cary, NC. Those wishing to attend must reserve a space in advance. Notification will be sent to those requesting a space as to whether there is a space for them or if they are on the “wait list.” Refunds will not be given for missed sessions.


The fees for classes vary based on the number of class sessions needed to adequately sculpt a particular pose. The class fee covers the cost of a model, rental of studio space, use of sculpture stands and equipment, firing of completed sculpture, and as applicable individual instruction/assistance. Water based clay will be available for purchase for all class sessions. If a multi-session sculpture class does not fill up with participants wishing to attend all sessions offered, then it may be possible for a participant to pay a reduced fee to attend one or more sessions as their schedule permits. However, for those who wish to learn about sculpture and experience a start-to-finish process for completing a sculpture, it is recommend that all sessions be attended.


To request being added to an email list to receive information on sculpture sessions when they are set up, or for additional information or questions about participating in sculpture sessions, to sign up for sculpture sessions, to set up a time to visit Litmus Gallery & Studio, or for inquiries about modeling, please email Jim Fatata: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Upcoming Classes

Those on the email list will be notified when, and if, sculpture classes are scheduled.