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France 2016/2017

Portrait and Figure Modeling workshops

in the Maine et Loire,Valley, France (49)

October 24 - 28 - Portrait Sculpture

October 31 - November 04 - Figure Sculpture

Spring 2017

April 03 - 07 --- Standing Figure

April 10 - 14 --- Portrait Sculpture

April 17 - 21 --- Reclining Pose

April 24 - 28 --- Seated / Action Pose

Summer 2017

July 24 - 28 --- Standing Figure

July 31 - August 04 --- Portrait Sculpture

August 07 - 11 --- Reclining Figure

August 14 - 18 --- Seated Figure

FYI - A foundation in figure and portrait sculpture can be best attained in the course of a continued 4 weeks of study whenever possible.

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We are dedicated to the future by teaching the creative process through sculpture and empowering creative beings to fulfill their dreams and desires.

We also give students a chance to improve their French language skills, through immersion in French culture.

  • The Foundation Course and Advanced Course are 4 -6 weeks long.
  • The Foundation Course is broken into weekly study sessions
  • Students can also choose to sign up for a particular study session as well as for the 4 week foundation courses.
  • New students must take the Foundation Courses before the Advanced Course, or show work to qualify.
  • Priority is given to the full time enrollment students.
  • Classes are limited to 6 -8 people.
  • Tuition per week is 500e - 5 day week:
  • Housing= 250e per week private room; 150e shared rooms per week -shared student housing. (Housing varies between shared, or private rooms in shared apartments, or private cottages, or living with French families).

Foundation Course descriptions:

The 7 day Intensive Portrait Sculpture Clay Modeling Course begins with a lecture on, and then the creation of a generic skull. Bony landmarks are fully observed, recreated and the geometric relationships between them highlighted. The generic skull is then turned into the skull of the model. Clay modeling techniques are then used to create the specific portrait in clay. This technical class has been a great service to many portrait painters as well as sculptors. It teaches the information necessary for the creation of any good portrait sculpture, as well as teaching methods used "to see" and duplicate anything with certainty. Also a 5 day course. Please ask for more information.

The Standing Figure Clay Modeling Course teaches the ‘Vaugel Sculpture Method’ which combines traditional clay figure modeling techniques, with a method of “seeing”, (using proportions as horizontals, gravity as verticals and energy lines as diagonals). This system is then used to create a 3 dimensional grid to effectively duplicate the figure in any size.

Advanced Course descriptions:

The above Foundation Course techniques are expanded upon in the advanced course. Many other methods of seeing and duplicating the figure in the disciplines of seated, reclining, crouching, action and multiple figure sculptures are taught in a six week period. Students work either in the group or have the option of working on their own projects during this time. Students working as a group share the model fee’s for multiple figure poses. Students wishing to work on their own project pay for their private models. The instructor assists with technical information, critiques, and pays for the use of models in single figure class poses.

Students wishing to enroll in the advanced courses without having taken the foundation courses first must submit photos of their previous work in order to qualify for entrance. We highly recommend taking the foundation courses first even if one is an intermediate student of sculpture, as the Foundation Course information forms the basic vocabulary upon which the advanced course is based.


Martine's workshops have been held for the past twenty-four years in the Loire Valley, in the Maine and Loire province of France. Classes are held in a large skylit studio, which sits in the middle of an ancient village of about 100 inhabitants. Les Cerqueux Sous Passavant dates back to the 9th century. With lush, rolling hills of sunflowers and wheat, dotted by chateaux and small farms, the landscape has been made famous by many great painters.

During the summer months foreign artists who have purchased houses, and students, double the size of the town.

During the down time of class, after shopping for antiques and wine tasting, many students choose to go to the coast and either swim in the ocean or try their liuck in the casinos, which is about 1 1/2 hours from the village. French language and cooking classes are offered several times a week. For students who have travel partners who would like to study painting and drawing techniques, numerous classes and workshops are offered in our village by the variety of artists from all over the globe, who have chosen to make our little hamlet their home.

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