Ceramics: Expressive Portraits

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

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In this all-level course, we will work to capture an expression/presence with a portrait bust. Our goal will be to make a full sized, fairly realistic bust using photographs in the round. Students will build observational skills as well as learn how to translate two dimensions into three. With a variety of helpful visual aides, handouts, and demos, students will learn the planes of the face, the basic anatomy of the head and neck, and will work to sculpt the features to give the bust a sense of presence. We will use a basic solid building construction method with a steel pipe armature. Students will be introduced to a variety of surface techniques to finish their pieces including textural, fired, and cold surface treatments.

Program Details

Fields of Study

visual arts

Preparatory For

visual arts, art therapy


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue/Thu 6- 10 pm

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Special Expenses

Students should expect to spend $25 for clay, and $20 for basic tools and armature.