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Écorché Anatomy for Artists

Bronze sculpture of figures
The Struggle of Progress by James Shoop

With James Shoop

Class One: The Skeleton

Using a fixed armature and oil-based clay you will learn how to sculpt a 21-inch tall skeleton. This process will teach you the skeletal proportions, structure, and important anatomical landmarks visible under the surface of the skin. Eighteen hours of instruction with breaks for homework.

Session 1: Adding the upper leg muscles.
Session 2: Adding the lower leg muscles.
Session 3: Adding the torso muscles.
Session 4: Adding the arm muscles.
Session 5: Adding the muscles to the skull.
Session 6: Refining the head muscles and where needed.

Class Two: The Muscles

Using the skeleton from Class One you will learn the process of applying the muscles. You may choose to sculpt the muscles on the right side or both sides. We will start with the leg, then torso, next the arm, and lastly the head. We sculpt the deepest muscles and layer out. This technique will teach you not only the muscle origins and insertions but also mass, form, tendons, fat pads, and the bones showing through. This unique process of studying anatomy will benefit artists who draw, paint and sculpt the human form.

Session 1: Adding the upper leg muscles.
Session 2: Adding the lower leg muscles.
Session 3: Adding the torso muscles.
Session 4: Adding the arm muscles.
Session 5: Adding the muscles to the skull.
Session 6: Refining the head muscles and where needed.

Limit 10 students.

Class I - The Skeleton: 6 weeks, $400
Class II - The Muscles: 6 weeks, $400

Session Start Dates

Winter/Spring 2022

Level Day Starting Time Instructor
Class One Mon. 4:00pm–7:00pm James Shoop
Class Two Mon. 4:00pm–7:00pm James Shoop