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Discover the art of sculpting in the vibrant city of Chicago, where participants can learn various techniques such as clay modeling, stone carving, and metal casting to create unique and expressive sculptures.

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Figure Sculpture Independent Study with Model

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Refine your figure sculpting skills in a dedicated studio environment with our independent study course. With a nude model posing for each session, immerse yourself in the artistic process under the guidance of a monitor. Ideal for those with prior figure sculpture experience, this informal setting allows for focused exploration and growth in your craft.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$415

9 sessions

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Stone Carving Workshop

Jyl Bonaguro @ 4200 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of sculpting with stone in this hands-on workshop led by a professional sculptor. Explore the techniques of blocking, detailing, and finishing as you create a stunning masterpiece. No experience is necessary!

(33) All levels 16 and older
$85
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Carving Foam Sculptures Workshop | Sip & Sculpt

Jyl Bonaguro @ 1912 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL

Sip & Sculpt Your Masterpiece and master the art of sculpting in foam in this hands-on workshop led by a professional sculptor. Explore the techniques of blocking, detailing, and finishing as you create a stunning masterpiece. No experience is necessary! BYOB

(33) Beginner 21 and older
$45
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The Figure: Real or Imagined (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Explore the art of sculpting the human figure in clay, capturing both realism and imagination. Study proportions, gestures, and anatomy while working from live models, and unleash your creativity through interpretative projects. Refine your skills in a supportive and inspiring environment.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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$575

12 sessions

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The Figure: Real or Imagined

Evanston Art Center

Sculpt the figure in clay from live models. Models generally hold the same pose for three classes. Study the model, learning to see proportions, gesture, and anatomy as you work realistically or use the model as inspiration for more imaginative interpretative work. This class will use two specific stoneware clays with grog added for stability. Three or 4-week poses for models. Please review the EAC's model etiquette.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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Thing Theory: Found Object Sculpture

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a transformative exploration of found object sculpture, where ordinary items evolve into extraordinary works of art. Embrace the ethos of Thing Theory as you gather materials from your environment, weaving narratives and memories into sculptural forms. Through hands-on guidance, unlock the creative potential of everyday objects, crafting pieces that resonate with personal meaning and collective experience.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$435

10 sessions

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Portrait Study

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a captivating journey into the art of portrait sculpting with live models. Delve into classical techniques, from building armatures to capturing facial planes and features with water-based clay. Gain insights from master sculptors, receive personalized instruction, and explore the spectrum from realism to abstraction in this immersive and enriching class.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$300

6 sessions

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About Faces & Independent Study

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Learn to sculpt a portrait from a live model. Improve your observation skills and clay techniques while learning strategies for placing proportional features, anatomical differences and surface modeling in this fun and challenging course. Finished sculptures will be hollowed out, dried and fired.  The class will include presentation of contemporary and old master sculptors, demonstrations and individualized instruction. Work representationally...

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$250

6 sessions

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Sculpting at Home With Kitchen Gadgets and More

Evanston Art Center @ Interactive Online Classroom via Zoom, Chicago, IL

Sculpt with tools you already have in your kitchen, desk drawer or toolbox! In this class the eye, ear, mouth and nose will get their time to shine. The focus for beginners will be on understanding the basic masses, planes, the anatomy of the underlying forms and surface treatment.  More advanced students will be encouraged to try a range of styles, and individual characteristics. Stay safe at home using equipment you already have in your...

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$195

6 sessions

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New Inspirations

Evanston Art Center

Learn to create abstract 3D art forms by exploring non-objective, organic and figurative themes. Stoneware clay, along with metal, glass, and found objects may be used. Instruction in slab and coil building techniques will be investigated.  Some sculpture experience is recommended. Skill Level: Intermediate

(84) Intermediate 18 and older
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Sculptural Felt

Evanston Art Center @ 2603 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Explore the wonders of felt-making. Focus on creating three dimensional objects, functional or sculptural, with basic wet felting and resist felting techniques. Students will make unique bracelet, colorful beads, and creative container (and more!) using colored Merino wool roving. You may purchase wool roving beforehand. Instructor will send resource list. Please Note: Material cost $5 will be collected in class. "Click here for the instructor's...

(84) All levels 15 and older
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$140
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The Rhythms of Stone: Garden Sculpture Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden

Known for his excellence in teaching, award-winning sculptor DJ Garrity will conduct a stone-carving workshop focusing on carving a face onto stone. This artist resides in the west of Ireland and travels to the Chicago Botanic Garden to teach this workshop whenever his busy schedule allows (which isn’t very often!). He has served three tours of duty as the sculptor-in-residence of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and established an international...

(129) All levels 18 and older
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Surfaces for Ceramic Sculpture (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the secrets behind creating stunning ceramic sculptures as you explore various surface treatments in this hands-on seminar. Unleash your creativity and learn the best strategies for finishing your masterpieces at Evanston Art Center. Join us and bring your sculptures to life!

(84) All levels 16 and older
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$130
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Exploring Hump/Slump Molds

Evanston Art Center

Learn an entirely new experience in ceramics off the wheel with clay molds! During this session, participants will learn the difference between a hump vs a slump mold and how to create them. Students will make molds from everyday items found at home, thrift stores, or dollar store treasures. Each process will be demonstrated while students create 2 projects using this technique. Explore how to make one-of-a-kind ceramic creations using this easy...

(84) All levels 18 and older
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Figure Sculpture Sampler

Evanston Art Center

This is a unique opportunity to sign up for a single day art class. This is designed for potential students who want to gain basic-level exposure to the visual arts at the Evanston Art Center. We want this to be a low stress, low commitment way to experience EAC offerings. One-day workshops in other disciplines are also available. Note: This class uses a nude model.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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Figure Sculpting

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

In this multi-level class students will learn to master the classical figure sculpture technique from a live model. We will cover the use of clay tools, clay body chemistry, basic armature construction, anatomy, and clay hollowing and firing technique.  Please note:  Although the building has a Costner ave address, the mail slot, parking and entrance to the building is around the corner on the Cortland side. After purchase, student...

(12) Beginner 18 and older
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Beginner Handbuilding / Sculpting

Muze Arts @ 1624 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

Guided by experienced instructors, participants will mold and sculpt clay into small conceptual art forms, making this class an ideal choice for those seeking to master the basics of hand building pottery.

Beginner 18 and older
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$285

6 sessions

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New Explorations

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a transformative journey into the realm of abstract 3D art forms in our dynamic course. Explore non-objective, organic, and figurative themes using stoneware clay, metal, glass, and found objects. Perfect for those with some sculpture experience, delve into slab and coil building techniques to unleash your creativity and bring your artistic visions to life with stability and finesse.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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$520

12 sessions

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About Faces (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center

Have you ever wondered how to sculpt a portrait from a live model? In this fun and challenging class, you will improve your observation skills and clay techniques while learning anatomical proportions and surface modeling. The class will include presentation of contemporary and old master sculptors, demonstrations and individualized instruction.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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Explorations in Clay: Spring into Clay (Ages 5-9)

Evanston Art Center

Get ready for spring by making clay planters, bright spring sculptures, wind chimes, and more to celebrate the changing of the seasons!  Learn hand-building techniques as you work with slabs and coils to create projects that will ring in spring. Discover new surface painting techniques that will bring your creations to life. In our last week of class, we will plant seeds in our pots to watch them grow!

(84) All levels 5 - 9 years old
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Reviews for Sculpture Classes in Chicago

Sculpture Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 258 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    If you ever care to entertain that crazy thought you once had about carving stone…Jyl Bonaguro is the artist you should meet. Really like that this hands-on class is held in her working studio in Chicago where you’re surrounded by inspirational projects both finished and in-progress. All of them beautiful. Also like that this introductory course is just six hours in length (all you need for a first taste) and that the pricing is beyond reasonable for what you get. Jyl gets you right into the work and moves from person-to-person coaching each one individually until you all finish the day with newly found skills and instincts. She knows her stuff and knows how to get you there too. I looked for a stone class for a while before settling on Jyl. Know I made the right choice. Don’t hesitate to jump in. HIGHLY recommended.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Leslie V. on 5/19/2024
    Great class. Jyl was very helpful and answered all the questions we had during our class. Love the finished product we made. Hope to do stone carving again.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Yara S. on 4/21/2024
    Class was a great introduction to stone carving from an artist who is an expert in the medium. Class was well thought out, taxing on the body, but a great experience overall. Jyl was kind and created a wonderful space to create.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by David A. on 2/18/2024
    Had a great day in class with Jyl. She kept us all on track with great instruction and tips. Highly recommend this class.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Diana A. on 2/17/2024
    Absolutely phenomenal class! I've developed a whole new level of appreciation for the art. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to explore their creative side and delve deeper into this captivating art form! Teacher is amazing and truly passionate. I will be back.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Jarrett S. on 2/4/2024
    Jyl is amazing! I had so much fun learning to sculpt at this class. Really liked the small class size very intimate and you get a lot of 1:1 assistance as you create your masterpiece. Highly recommend.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Pranav P. on 1/14/2024
    I had an absolutely great time. Jyl is an amazing teacher, and thanks to her I've made great progress in just a matter of one day. She really understood what I was trying to build, and helped me throughout the day to get there. I highly recommend the course.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Alexa C. on 1/14/2024
    Loved this class! Jyl is a fantastic teacher who knows her craft extensively, and pays close attention to all of her students. I found her class structure to be great, and she knew how to help all of us achieve our goals in a limited time. Her stone carving workshop is physical and I left with a little sculpture I am quite happy with, and a newfound love for sculpting. Highly recommend to those who have an interest in learning the craft and want to focus on sharpening their skills in only a day!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Paul M. on 12/13/2023
    This class was a lot of fun. I knew nothing about it before starting and ending up leaving with a carving I am pretty proud of. Definitely sparked my interest in carving other things!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Stephen H. on 11/13/2023
    This was a fantastic class! As someone that’s wanted to do stone carving with proper tools for a very long time, it felt like a dream come true to do so under the guidance of such a kind and skilled artist.
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