Figuration: Style And Voice

July 26, 2020 – August 1, 2020

Nan Smith

In this workshop students will learn how to create content and drama in a sculpted self-portrait. The goal is to create a resonant, anatomically correct likeness that reflects style and voice. Participants begin by making plaster body casts to be used as perceptual tools, along with photographs and life drawings. Using various elements including depth, clarity and light, students will use facial expression, gesture, clothing and ornamentation to interpret personality, create mood and evoke content for their sculpture. Class discussions include sculpting style and narrative image making. Students will depart with a solid modelled sculpture, color glaze tests and life casts, plus an understanding of armatures, plaster and rubber molds. Open to all skill levels.


Nan Smith is a figure sculptor and installation artist who maintains her studio in Gainesville, Florida. As professor emeritus at the University of Florida, Smith has received numerous awards including the UF Doctoral Mentor Advisor Award, UF Provost Term Professorship, UF Research Foundation Professor and SEF Regional Fellowship in Sculpture. She is a four-time recipient Florida Arts Council Artist Fellowship and has served as the Juror of Lark Books 500 Figures.

Nan Smith

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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