Sculpture Workshops

Discover your hidden talents, learn to sculpt at the home of one of America's greatest artists. Create a portrait relief, a design for a new coin, or a figure in the round. Learn how to make a mold, cast your sculpture, and then finish the surface to look like bronze. Classes are co-sponsored by Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Friends of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. The classes are taught by the Sculptor in Residence.

Regular workshops introduce beginners to the basics of the figurative sculpture process and working with clay while providing advanced instruction for those with some experience. Everyone will work on a sculpture of their own.

Reservations for workshops must be made in advance. Some multi-part classes may meet for a full day, 9-12 & 1-4. Clay and tools are provided. Half day class $40, A discount is offered to members of the Friends of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. For more information and to register, contact the park at (603) 675-2175 ext.106.
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2017 Sculpture Classes

Sketching Sculptures in Pencil or Charcoal
So you want to be a sculptor? First you have to learn to be a draftsman! Good sculpture springs from not only a clear vision, but solid drawing skills. Join me as we copy from the master himself, Saint-Gaudens!

Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11:30
August 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept 6

Sketching classes Free with park admission.

Sculpting the Animal Form in Clay
Students will be creating a gestural study in paper clay of the animal versus an in-depth sculpture in the round. Using the unique properties of paper clay, we will learn to see the form of an animal in three dimensions and translate that new way of “seeing” onto the clay. We will use simple armatures we design in the beginning of each class. Sculptures will not be cast, but can be cold finished at home.

Classes is held mornings from 9:00 - 12:00
Saturday, August 12, Goat
Thursday, August 17, Pony
Saturday, August 26, Dog;

Friday, September 1, Bird or rabbit

Sculpting the Animal Form in Relief
(Weekend workshop)
Working from photos students bring in, we will explore the challenges of creating a “flat” three dimensional form with water-based clay. Class will include touring the reliefs on exhibit, choosing the right photo to work from for your own creation, drawing from the photo, creating the clay base and the relief itself. Finally students will create a mold and pour a plaster cast to take home. We will work with both bas and haute relief forms. If time allows, we can also paint or stain the plaster casting.
9:00 – 1:00
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 and 24

Last updated: August 2, 2017

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139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, NH 03745


(603) 675-2175

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