Sculpture I: Face Elements

Instructor: Adrian Golban
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 17 to June 19
Room 117 Williams Building
$360 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none

Students will explore the principles and visual elements of sculpture through the elements of the face. Working in plasticine or clay, we will learn how to measure and replicate the ear, mouth/nose, and eye, the process of building the larger shapes first and then the details, and the ways in which these can be altered and exaggerated to capture expressions. We will then work from the skull to understand the anatomy of the face, and the proportions and relationships between the face elements. Students will have the opportunity if they wish to follow this class up by registering for a weekend workshop to learn how to use their plasticine sculptures to create a silicone mold.


For each of the ear, mouth/nose, and eye:

  • Make a base
  • Create the outline
  • Build the face element

For the skull:

  • Understand the anatomy of the face
  • Measure and replicate the proportions and angles of the face
  • Start with the large shapes and then move to the details


Students can work in plasticine or clay. Plasticine will not dry out, doesn't need to be fired, and can be used to make a mold. Clay tends to dry out, it will need to be fired which sometimes can lead to cracking, but it is more affordable. 

If you have any questions, please contact us and Adrian will be happy to advise.

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