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Figuring out the Figures

October 15 - 20, 2023

Keith Wallace Smith  ·  keithwallacesmith.wordpress.com

Workshop at a glance

Figuring out the figure is about process and narrative.


  • Understanding armature for small-scale sculpture
  • Creating a 3D reference that can be used over and over
  • Modifying scale to influence narrative
  • Utilizing new tools and techniques


  • Terra-cotta clay
  • Alginate
  • Plaster


  • Learning about new tools and the knowledge of how to use them
  • Ideation in working with the figure
  • Learning how to use alginate to create simple molds of the body
  • Discovering basic proportional relationships of the body

Artist Bio

Keith Wallace Smith is a figurative sculptor and associate professor of sculpture and ceramics at Kennesaw State University. He works primarily in ceramics and cast metal and employs the use of varied scale, fragmentation, and gesture to approach the figure. Smith’s art is included in the collection of the Montgomery Museum of Art, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Contemporary Ceramic Arts Museum, Izmit-Değirmendere, Turkey and in several teaching collections throughout the southeast. He exhibits regionally and nationally and his work was published in Confrontational Clay, The Figure in Clay I & II, 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Clay and Glazes for the Potter, and Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out among others.

  • Keith Wallace Smith
  • Keith Wallace Smith
  • Keith Wallace Smith
  • Keith Wallace Smith
  • Keith Wallace Smith

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will focus on hand-building processes for creating convincing figurative sculpture. You will explore the figure as a vehicle for narrative. This workshop will cover ways to approach trouble spots such as hands, ears, and feet. Participants will learn resources for 2D and 3D reference, methods of building, measurements, and which parts of the body are most important to understand. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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

Available : 4
Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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