Human Figure Sculpture

There are unknown forces in nature; when we totally submit to them, without reserves, they hand themselves over; they show us the forms that our eyes do not see, that our intelligence does not understand or perceive.

François-Auguste Rodin

Working from a live model is essential to understand the structure and gesture of the human figure and train our observation skills according to classical-academic methodologies. The modeling of the human figure provides a solid sculptural base, focusing on the development of basic craft skills

This course is an introduction to figurative sculpture. When working with live models in contrapposto, we learn to interpret nature with traditional techniques. We start by learning how to set up the model and pay attention to subtle changes in the pose. Contrapposto poses are best suited to get an understanding of anatomy and variety between relaxed and tense muscles.

After the introduction to the academic techniques of the modeling of the human figure, we will begin to sculpt a figure to 1/2 life size by using an additive method, where we will slowly build the shapes. We will observe the model from a distance and focus on the general impression and the accuracy of the proportions and the gesture, before moving towards modeling forms and other details. The first step will be to capture the relationship between the box (pelvis) and the egg (the rib cage).


  • Understand the complexities of form in space.
  • Develop an optimal capacity of visual precision, through the use of observation and structural knowledge.
  • Learn to be self-critical with one’s own work.


6-17 July, 2020

3-14 August, 2020








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NOTE: All modeling tools are available at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

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To be confirmed.


6-17 July | 3-14 August

  • (650€ with the structure)


  • Applications are only accepted online [forms on the websites of each course].
  • Places will be assigned following a strict order of received applications.
  • When the groups are full, extra applications received will be part of the reservation list.

Payment method

  • Once a student is admitted, he/she will be asked to confirm his/her place with a non- refundable deposit (via bank transfer) equivalent to 10% of the total course amount.
  • The rest of the registration fee should be paid on the dates indicated in the enrolment confirmation email.
  • Should the student fail to pay the corresponding amount on the dates indicated, his/her place will automatically be available for a student in the waiting list.

IMPORTANT: As a general rule, no refunds are allowed except in cases of extreme gravity or urgency. In such cases, the student may be required to present the necessary documentation to certify that what he / she communicates is true. The Committee will evaluate each situation and the Administration Department will communicate the final decision to the student. This decision will be final and unappealable.

In any case, the student will assume an amount to be confirmed by the administration department in terms of fees, which will generally correspond to 10% of the amount pertaining to the canceled period.

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