Upcoming Classes


In this four (4) session workshop participants will receive basic instruction on using photos and working with a live model to complete a realistic 3-D clay portrait sculpture (head, neck, and possibly top part of the chest).  Clay has been used throughout the centuries to create beautiful and enduring works of art.  Clay is a strong, tough, durable, and timelessly beautiful material for creating art.  From the very earliest civilizations to the present time, portrait sculptures made in clay have been one of the most consistent and reliable art forms to survive the test of time.  The skills learned in this workshop can be used to produce treasured portrait sculptures of loved ones, friends, or creative whimsy.  From building an armature to applying finishing touches, sculpting techniques will be emphasized in a step-by-step process to complete an anatomically correct and lifelike representation of the human head.  A male model will pose for 2 sessions and there will be 2 sessions working from photos of the model for a total of 4 sessions.  Instructor is James Fatata.  Beginners and advanced sculptors will receive instruction appropriate to their level of experience and ability. 

The fee is $180 for the 4-session workshop.  Payment is due at the first session and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata (sorry credit cards not accepted).  The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, portrait armature, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished portrait.  The fee also covers each participant receiving one 25 pounds bag of water based clay which is sufficient for completing the portrait.  Additional clay is available for purchase for $25 per twenty-five pounds bag for participants who wish to create a portrait larger than life-size or to add additional embellishment to the portrait.  The workshop is limited to eight participants and will be 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.  Additional questions or to register for the workshop email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Workshop Schedule:

Sunday, February 19, 2023:  2pm-5:00pm (working with photos)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023:  6pm-9pm (working with live model)

Sunday. February 26, 2023:  2pm-5pm (working with live model)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023:  6pm-9pm (working with photos)



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