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Introduction to Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

The fundamental issues in sculpture, such as material, process, context, form, scale, structure, and space will be introduced; combined with the elements and principles of design within the context of sculpture. A significant component will be the variety of materials that might be used - clay, wood, metal, and plaster, as well as the review of supplemental materials, including images, videos, and readings. Please CLICK HERE for the Materials...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 3–6pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$270

4 sessions

Sculpture in Clay

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

Relief Sculpture, or Bas Relief, should be on every sculptors inventory of skills. This exciting course will allow the student to work with confidence and critical thinking. We will examine how basic drawing skills of perspective, light, shadow, convexity, help to play a part in the construction and design of your Bar, (low) Relief incorporating the fundamentals is sculpture.  Working in Clay, the student will learn how to construct the...

Friday Jun 9th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$270

4 sessions

Introduction to Metal Sculpture

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

This workshop aims to explore the different technical approaches to metal sculpture construction and its conceptual implications throughout history from figurative to abstract. Students will learn to create metal sculptures by making joints and assemblies using different techniques such as bending, tightening, sewing, riveting, screwing, gluing, spot welding and free-cutting organic and concrete shapes. Materials List: Blacksmith Hammer ...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 5–8pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$240

4 sessions

Large Works: Paintings/Sculptures/Installations

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

Large Works: Paintings/Sculptures/Installations (Any Material) In this three-day workshop, led by Maurizio Pellegrin, participants will work on one or several compositions in a large format. The participants will develop a specific project with any material and technique. This will offer the chance to see how a different scale can be introduced in the current body of work. Participants will need to bring the materials that currently are working...

Monday Jul 10th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$470

3 sessions

Sculpture: The Human Form

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

The human body has always been a source of inspiration to artists, whether the classics, as an abstract, fragmentation, in the round, or as an interpretive narrative. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental structure of the human body focusing on balance, gesture, and attitude and model this information into an original work. Working with a live model, the student will learn how to pose the model so as to create this narrative....

Monday Jul 10th, 3–6pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$270

4 sessions

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Stone Carving

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

This class will introduce students to the history of stone carving and its use in contemporary sculpture. The techniques used to shape the stone will be examined, the practical aspects of using and sharpening the tools, selecting the size, volume and type of stone to carve, as well as finishing of the surface of the artwork.  Students will have a completed project at the conclusion of the workshop. Students must bring soap stone to work on....

Tuesday Jul 11th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$240

4 sessions

Sculpting 101

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Immerse yourself into the world of solid, hot-sculpted glass in this 5-day intensive class! You will be working in the hot shop with a variety of torches and tools to create detailed artworks, and incorporating various ways to apply color and texture. This course will be a general overview on solid sculpting and assemblage. What to Expect: Students will focus on learning and improving sculpting techniques and color applications, rather than...

Tuesday Jul 25th, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,150

5 sessions

Stone Carving Class: A Skill Based Approach

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Stone carving skills are introduced in a sequential manner throughout the month. Each new skill is taught and practiced through a short assigned project. INCLUDES OPEN STUDIO TIME!* Virtues of this approach: It allows students to focus on the challenge of learning how to use the tools with control through low-stakes projects. Success can be measured objectively.  Learning through the creation of a work of art introduces a whole host of other...

Tuesday Jul 4th, 5–8pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$295

4 sessions

Stone Carving with Ailene Fields

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Highly acclaimed sculptor, Ailene Fields, will be demonstrating and teaching the fine art of stone carving and finishing. Basics of stone carving - initial roughing out, developing a form, final finishing and polishing are presented during the course. There is a choice of softer stone or marble. Tools, sharpening and maintenance are all covered. Students will choose their own project and stone. Participants should end the course with the basic...

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 4–7pm Eastern Time

The Cool Side of Glass – Carving the Block

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Starting with a colorful block of glass, students will be introduced to a wide range of Cold Shop equipment to create small scale objects and sculptures by carving their block. Areas covered will include sawing, grinding and polishing, drilling, wheel cutting, wheel and flexible shaft engraving, sandblasting and hand lapping. Each of these techniques allow for an array of possibilities when creating in the cold shop. Hands on work will be complemented...

Friday Jul 7th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$450

3 sessions

Resin Rubber Overview: Mold Making

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

This class is not for people who make molds; this is a class for people who want to know how to make molds. Our Resin-Rubber Overview is geared toward new-comers to mold making who want to know about the materials available and the basics of how to use them. This class is designed for the beginner mold maker. An important step in successful mold making is being familiar with mold making materials available to you. The more you know about the materials...

Thursday Jul 20th, 6–8pm Eastern Time

Pulling the Figure from Glass

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Get inspired by a favorite subject throughout art history - the human figure! This class will focus on sculpting the human figure in borosilicate glass. We will start with learning and discussing theories of human anatomy in conjunction with initial techniques in shaping and cutting glass rod. Each student will start by sketching out ideas, playing with body parts and poses, then translate these ideas into clear and color forms using the torch....

Tuesday Jul 25th, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$890

5 sessions

Face Forward

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Gather round this August to join Kate Hush for her first (in person) course at UrbanGlass! The time has come to Face Forward. In this 5 evening neon intensive she will guide you through the process of designing, sculpting, electrifying, and then displaying the touchstones of vision and sound - the eyes, and the mouth. Will your lips glow blue or eyes beam red? The choice is yours to make in this neon adventure. Because who wouldn’t want to place...

Tuesday Aug 1st, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$990

5 sessions

Designs To Deceive: Burns, Bruises and Black Eyes

The Compleat Sculptor @ 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

The class will teach students to replicate bruising, black eyes, burns and how to use transfers. Subjects to be covered: Bruising and black eyes Simple burns Making cuts with silicone putty Demo and application of prosaide transfers Open forum Products needed: Small block Orange sponge link Stipple sponge link Red rubber sponge link Block makeup wedge sponge link Scissors link Bruise colors creams or alcohol link Burn colors cream...

Sunday Jun 25th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

Multiple Approaches to Enameling (Int/Adv))

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Study techniques in cloisonné and champlevé, grisaille and plique-à-jour. Create jewelry, wallpieces, vessels, or sculpture in the beautiful medium of enamel. Explore various techniques, from traditional to experimental, in cloisonne, champleve, grisaille, and more. For the Supply List, Guidelines and Studio Rules please CLICK HERE

Thursday Jul 13th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$345

6 sessions

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Best Sculpture Classes in NYC

Sculpture is artwork that is three-dimensional, and has been used as a form of self-expression since ancient times. Sculptors work with a variety of different materials; clay, wood, and metal are some of the more common ones, but some sculptures incorporate less conventional items such as recycled materials, or “found” objects. Sculptures can range in size from small objects to large public monuments, and can also exist in a variety of styles such as realistic, or more abstract, or conceptual.

Why You Should Learn Sculpture in NYC

Sculptors develop a number of different skills that can be useful in other settings. For example, they learn to work with many different tools and materials, and they develop their hand-eye coordination and spatial and problem-solving skills. Sculptors also need to learn persistence and patience, since some sculptures can take months to complete. All of these things can be assets in any type of creative career, including other types of art, but also in jobs like engineering or design. 

Learning sculpture is also a way to do something creative. Sculptors can experiment with a wide range of different materials, manipulating and combining them in an even greater number of different forms. In recent years, some sculptors have even started to add other elements–such as sound, light, or video projection–to their work in order to create an interactive viewer experience. Many people say that the high level of creative freedom associated with sculpting is very rewarding.

In-Person Sculpture Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person sculpture classes are one of the most popular ways to learn to sculpt, and there are many options in New York City. Wagner College Lifelong Learning offers Open Studio–Figure Sculpture, which takes place on Saturday mornings and runs for four sessions. Students in this class use a long-term pose, and sculpt with clay, however, they are also welcome to draw or paint from the pose. This class costs $150, which includes the model fee, clay, and firing costs. Wagner College is located on Grymes Hill in the borough of Staten Island. Its Lifelong Learning Program helps students of all ages gain enrichment, diversity, and self-empowerment.

Brooklyn-based UrbanGlass offers a hollow core casting class called Casting the Void, where students learn to cast sculptural objects with interior voids that can be viewed from the outside. The class also covers writing kiln programs, coldworking, and polishing glass. There are seven sessions in total, and tuition is $1,240. Glass casting experience is helpful for students planning to take this class, but it is not required. UrbanGlass is the largest public-access glass facility in the New York area, and also functions as a studio for more than a hundred different artists. It runs classes on a variety of glass-related crafts.

The Compleat Sculptor also offers sculpting classes. Stone Carving Class: A Skill Based Approach is $295 for four sessions. Classes run on Tuesday evenings, and new students can join at any time. Students learn to use stone carving tools sequentially, practicing each new skill with an assigned project. They eventually work up to designing original sculptures. The price of this course also includes open studio time. It is designed for beginners, but can also be beneficial for more advanced carvers. Basic tools are provided, however, students must buy a limestone block for essential projects. The Compleat Sculptor sells sculpture supplies and runs a variety of different sculpture classes. It is located in New York City, near the Flatiron Building.

In addition to stone carving, the Compleat Sculptor also runs a variety of other types of sculpture classes. Introduction to Direct Sculpting in Wax is a three-hour workshop in wax sculpting. Students learn to produce wax molds that can be cast in bronze, silver, or glass. Tuition is $235, and includes all materials. Students also get to keep their sculpting tool. Resin Rubber Overview: Mold Making is a two-hour class focused on making molds. Students learn about various mold-making materials, and how to use them to make molds. The class is designed for beginners, Tuition is $55.

Michelle Greene Sculpture also offers sculpting classes. Greene is a working artist, and has also taught at a number of universities. Her studio is in Brooklyn. Mig Welding is a two-hour class that costs $280. This class is limited to only two students, who learn to set up the machine, tack, and run a bead. Students create a small sculpture to take home with them. They should wear closed-toed leather or suede shoes, cotton socks, and a long-sleeved cotton shirt, and bring a long-sleeved sweatshirt. Welding gear is supplied. Greene also offers other types of welding classes including Introduction to Oxy-Acetylene Welding, where students learn to braze with a torch. 

East Village Hats runs a sculpting class called Sculpting Flowers in Thermoplastic. This class costs $595, and runs for two sessions. It is designed both for students interested in making hats, and those who want to learn about working with thermoplastic. Students learn to combine thermoplastic and silk to make headpieces, creating patterns, and using coloring techniques. All materials are included. East Village Hats is located in New York City’s East Village, and sells a variety of different handmade hats.

Virtual Sculpture Classes & Schools

Another way to learn sculpting is to enroll in a virtual sculpture class. Virtual classes are a good option for students who don’t live near an in-person school, or are unable to commute to one. With the virtual format, students are still able to learn from a live instructor; they just do so via a conferencing platform like Zoom, rather than in person. A downside to the virtual format is that students generally have to supply their own sculpting tools and materials, unlike with an in-person class, where these are often supplied.

The non-profit Evanston Art Center runs a virtual sculpting class called Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Making Sculpture, where students create sculptures using non-traditional materials. The goal of this course is for students to learn to break down the boundaries that are imposed by the use of traditional sculpting materials. Fishing line and kitchen shears are needed for the first class session. Classes take place via Zoom, and tuition is $375. 

Portrait Sculpture is another virtual sculpture class option. This course is offered by Grand Central Atelier, which is a non-profit art school based in Queens, New York. Curriculum for this class includes sculpting a portrait from a live model, sculpting specific expressions, and infusing life in a sculpture. Students also learn about recycling materials, using measurements, and maintaining clay at home. Tuition is $495.

A variety of other visual and fine-art skills can also be learned virtually. For instance, the Chicago Botanic Garden offers a weaving class that has eight sessions, and costs $374. In Introduction to Weaving, the instructor begins by helping students construct their own looms. After that, they learn about a number of different tapestry approaches and weaving techniques. A supply list is sent out after registration is complete.

Some people also like learning to sew virtually. The New York Sewing Center offers a virtual four-session class called Sewing 101, which covers many different sewing skills including understanding sewing terminology, reading a commercial pattern, choosing the right fabric, setting in a zipper and waistband, and using different stitches and seam finishes. Students create a drawstring pouch and a pair of drawstring pants or a skirt. Tuition is $450, and supply lists are provided on the first day of class.

Private Group Sculpture Classes in NYC

For New York City residents who want to plan a fun group activity or team-building event, CourseHorse offers sculpture classes for private groups. The booking process for these classes is simple, with no registration required, no booking fees, and a class confirmation emailed within 24 hours of booking.

For groups that want to learn sculpting, there is a class called Virtual Clay Hand Building. This class costs $75 per person, and can accommodate up to 500 people. Participants learn a variety of different pottery techniques, and then create either a candle holder or a planter. No prior experience is needed, and all materials are provided. Sculptures are made from air-dry clay, which does not need to be dried in a kiln.

Another popular group art class is the Virtual Mosaic Tray Workshop. In this class, participants use mosaic tiles to create a design on a tray, and add grout to stabilize the design. All necessary materials are shipped to participants ahead of time. This class costs $85 per person, and can be taken by up to 100 people.

The Polymer Clay Jewelry class also involves sculpting with clay. In this class, instructors cover a variety of different techniques, and then participants create their own custom jewelry. Clay, sculpting tools, and accessories are all shipped ahead of time. This group class costs $85 per person, and can be taken by up to 500 people. 

There is a flexible change policy for all group classes booked through CourseHorse, which allows changes to the total group size up to 72 hours before the event, as long as the minimum group size has been met. To learn more about scheduling a private group sculpture class, contact CourseHorse.

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