Foundation and Advanced Study Program Courses

All Vaugel Sculpture Classes are offered by the week.

Students can enroll for one or more weeks, or choose the full 6 week Foundation Study Program.

A basic foundation in figure and portrait sculpture can best be attained in a continued 4 -6 weeks course of study.
All classes are limited to 6 people maximum and are taught in English and French.

The Foundation Program

  • The Foundation Program consists of 6 weekly courses of study. (see descriptions below)
    These include:
      —  Portrait Sculpture from live models and photos, and
      —  Figure sculpture from seated, standing, reclining, and action poses.

Advanced Study Program

  • Students wishing to participate in the Advanced Study Program must have completed at least one Foundation Course or show work to qualify.

  • The Advanced Study Program has the addition of more complicated poses and personal projects.

  • Advanced Courses of Study are scheduled depending upon the number of qualified students ready to take the advanced courses.

Private or Semi-Private Study Program

  • An intense Personal Study Program for one or two students, consisting of all the above classes or a personal project

Descriptions of Courses

The “Vaugel Sculpture Method“uses stable data to create a grid structure showing important boney and anatomical landmarks, continuously expanding outward to create a basic geometric abstraction. From this point using clay figure modeling techniques the figure or portrait are completed.

The Portrait Sculpture Clay Modeling Course

Begins with a lecture on, and then the creation of a generic skull. Bony landmarks are fully observed and recreated and the geometric relationships between them highlighted. The generic skull is then turned into the skull of the model, and clay modeling techniques are taught to create the portrait

Portrait Sculpting from PHOTOGRAPHS

Using the same information as the Portrait Sculpture Class, students are invited to bring photos ( specific instructions are included for the taking of the photos) and sculpt individual portraits of their choosing.

The Standing Figure Clay Modeling Class

Teaches the basics of all figure work using the “Vaugel Sculpture Method” which combines traditional clay figure modeling techniques with the Vaugel method of using proportions as horizontals, gravity as verticals and energy lines as diagonals. These are used to create a grid like venue in which to effectively duplicate the figure in any size. Once the inner core is structured then clay figure modeling techniques are used to complete the figure..

The Seated Figure Clay Modeling Class

Teaches Martine's method of anatomy and proportions. Then working with a geometric point system sculpting the seated figure, from the inside /out.

The Reclining Figure Pose

Teaches Martine's method of anatomy and proportions. Then using a grid that involves height , width, and length, a grid is established upon which the reclining figure is sculpted

Moving Figure Modeling Class *

An action or moving pose will be decided upon by the instructor and the students at the beginning of each class. The model does not stay in the pose at all times, but rather takes parts of the pose throughout the week. Each student creates a personal interpretation of the model based on internal and external choices.

* Information learned in the regular figure classes is fundamental to enrolment in this class. Students with experience in other forms of figure sculpture are also welcome, but beginners should consider taking one of the other figure courses before enrolling in this class.

For those students wishing to be prepared for any of Martine’s classes beforehand: We highly recommend purchasing either of the DVD’s (or USB sticks), teaching the Vaugel Sculpture Methods, “Sculpting the Portrait in Clay", or “Sculpting the Figure in Clay”.

Private, Semi Private, or “ ONLINE SKYPE “ Clasess, information is available upon request

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