Class Description:

This course provides a progressive approach to classical clay modeling from the live model.

This class is intended to develop the student’s own creative vision and sense of rhythmic sculptural form while teaching the basic-to-advanced skills needed to manifest it. Students have the choice to sculpt a portrait bust or torso fragment. Exceptions of the sculptural crop can be made upon discussion during the first class to ensure creative direction from students is being met. Students will learn how to create a likeness from observation with the aid of anatomical structure, and how to develop the abstract composition of the body. They will grow to understand and control contour in three dimensions, learn to subdivide and resolve organic volume, achieve dynamism and expression through form. In class, students will consider choices in sculptural finish based upon their goals as an artist. Various armature building, finishing techniques and surface treatment will be introduced. Assisted by instructor demonstrations and physical assistance, the classes will be focused on mold-making, casting and finishing the sculptures to allow students to bring home a finished personalized artwork (upon choice).

Spring Semester Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next semester of this class are as follows:

Week 1:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 2:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 3:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 4:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 5:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 6:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 7:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 8:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 9:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 10:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 11:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 12:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Week 1 - Getting Started

  3. Week 2 - Developing the Sculpture

  4. Week 3 - Block in and Cropping

  5. Week 4- Outline

  6. Week 5 - Individual Critiques

  • $670.00
  • In-Person
  • 12 Weeks
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Michela Roman


Michela Roman was born in Canada in 1998. She is a recent 2023 graduate from the New York Academy of Art, where she received her MFA in Sculpture and Anatomy. Over the past two years, her work has been exhibited in sixteen Juried Shows in New York City and she received eleven sponsorships/scholarships to support both her educational practice and artistic career. She is a standing fellow (2021-present) at the Newington Corpsy Foundation for the Arts located in upstate New York where she is expanding her sculptural practice to include both bronze and marble works. She is a two time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshilds Foundation Grant from 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. Come Fall 2023, Roman’s sculpture ‘Countless’ will be on display at The Centre for War, Atrocity and Genocide in Ontario, Canada as part of their permanent collection. Her work has additionally been included in various private collections in New York, Canada and Italy. Roman was one of two recipients of the Stone Merit Award, presented by Precision Stone. It was through this residency (May 2023-June 2023) where Roman carved a personal marble sculpture in Carrara, Italy. Upon competition of this marble (Spring 2024) Roman will take place in the Marble Reveal Auction, funded by Precision Stone and Hosted by Sotheby’s (Fall 2024), marking Roman’s second appearance at Sotheby’s auction house. Fall 2024 additionally marks the competition of Roman’s personalized wine label, sponsored by Ozymandias Wines, providing the sculptor with complimentary wine for all upcoming career driven events, for the duration of her practice. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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