Art Classes

Study Sculpture and Drawing at The Parker Studio of Structural Sculpture

Parker Studio EntranceParker Studio offers art classes in drawing and sculpture in our Baltimore studio space on Lafayette Square.

Check the calendar for an ongoing schedule, and click on the class titles for more detailed descriptions.  Detailed class descriptions also appear below.

Current and Upcoming Classes and Open Groups

OPEN FIGURE DRAWING, and RELIEF SCULPTURE: Mondays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

OPEN FIGURE SCULPTURE: Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

FIGURE MODELLO SCULPTURE COURSE: Fridays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM (morning session) and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (evening session).

ANATOMICAL FIGURE SCULPTURE CLASS: Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. First session to focus on construction of an armature, and will not count toward the requisite 13 classes. Optional workshop time for the Anatomical Figure Sculpture Class is Wednesdays, or before, or after Saturday class session.

Open Drawing and Sculpture Groups

Fourth Floor Drawing Studio Room

Fourth Floor Drawing Studio Room

Join us for open drawing and sculpture groups, in which participants can work in our studio space and share the cost of a live model. Please call to arrange for participation. No instruction is offered for the Open Groups, and all levels of experience are welcome.

Follow these links for more details on the Open Figure Drawing and Relief Sculpture Group and the Open Figure Sculpture Group.

 

Classes in Drawing and Sculpture

Classes are private and by appointment. Students are responsible for the provision of materials.

Anatomy Sculpture demonstration from class

Anatomy Sculpture demonstration from class

BEGINNING COMPOSITION FIGURE SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

This course consists of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Figure Sculpture is each time for the duration of the course. Students will focus on bone landmarks and major muscle groups while working to capture the action of the pose and characteristics of the model. Overall forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated sculpture sketch composition.

Cost for the course:
$ 1120.00 for 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for 13 3-hour evening sessions.

ANATOMICAL FIGURE SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

Third Floor Sculpture Studio Room, showing the Anatomical Collection, and Mastiff pup, not allowed in studio normally

Third Floor Sculpture Studio Room, showing the Anatomical Collection, and Mastiff pup (pup not normally allowed in studio).

This course will be taught in four parts, each part consisting of 13, four hour classes (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Figure Sculpture each time for the duration. Working from the model, students will construct an ecorche with exposed skeletal and underlying muscle parts on one side and rendered surface muscles on the other. The first half of the course will focus on the underlying structure while, in the second half, students will work towards completing the overlying muscle masses. All skeletal and muscle shapes will be treated in a naturalistic manner, but with inherent shape content true to the model.

 

 

Cost for the course:
$ 1120.00 for each quarter segment consisting of 13 4-hour daytime sessions.

or

$ 1120.00 for each quarter segment consisting of 13 3-hour evening sessions.

 

FIGURE MODELLO SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

Anatomic Study FiguresThis course will be taught in two parts, each part consisting of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Figure Sculpture each time for the duration. The figure will be studied in greater depth than in the maquette course. The first half of the course will cover bone structure alignments, masses and proportion. The second half will focus on surface of masses and surface anatomy. Both halves of the course will cover geometric patterning of shapes, commensurate planes and planar rhythms.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for first 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for first 13 3-hour evening sessions.

$ 1200.00 for second 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for second 13 3-hour evening sessions.

FIGURE MODEL SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

FIGURE MODEL SCULPTURE COURSE, Demonstration Sculpture from class

FIGURE MODEL SCULPTURE COURSE, Demonstration Sculpture from class

This course will be taught in four parts, each part consisting of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Figure Sculpture each time for the duration. The figure will be studied in greater depth than in the modello course. The first half of the course will cover bone structure alignments, masses and proportion. The second half will focus on the particular surface of masses, in depth surface anatomy and personality of the structures of the model. Both halves of the course will cover geometric patterning of shapes, commensurate planes and planar rhythms. The added time length will enable a more mature articulated sculpture.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for each quarter – Day – four hour each class.

or

$ 1200.00 for each quarter – Eve. – three hour each class.

 

FIGURE RELIEF SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

This course will be taught in two parts, each part consisting of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique, or Modern Sculpture Plaster Figure, or Anatomical Model will be utilized several class sessions, to more extended projects within the two parts 13 meeting each time frame. Students will study bone landmarks and major muscle groups while working to capture the action of the pose and characteristics of the model. Overall forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated relief sculpture, defining sculptural content, and sketch composition. This course will establish how to develop a relief sculpture from a shape orientation method, as opposed to copying shadows, and light, which are not dependable factors in representing content.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for first 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
Or
$ 1200.00 for first 13 3-hour evening sessions.

$ 1200.00 for second 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
Or
$ 1200.00 for second 13 3-hour evening sessions.

BEGINNING SCULPTURE PORTRAIT BUST COURSE
(detailed description)

This course consists of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique Sculpture Plaster Portrait Bust each time for the duration. Blocking in overall shapes, bone landmarks and major muscle groups, students will work towards capturing the likeness and character of the model. Overall, forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated portrait sketch.

Cost for the course:
$ 1120.00 for 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for 13 3-hour evening sessions.

PORTRAIT MODELLO SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

This course will be taught in two parts, each part consisting of 13, four hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique Sculpture Plaster Portrait Bust each time for the duration. The portrait will be studied in greater depth than in the maquette course. The first half of the course will cover bone structure alignments, masses and proportion. The second half will focus on surface of masses and surface anatomy. Both halves of the course will cover geometric patterning of shapes, commensurate planes and planar rhythms.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for first 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for first 13 3-hour evening sessions.

$ 1200.00 for second 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for second 13 3-hour evening sessions.

PORTRAIT SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

This course will be taught in four parts, each part consisting of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three half hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique Sculpture Plaster Portrait Bust each time for the duration. The portrait will be studied in greater depth than in the modello course. The first half of the course will cover bone structure alignments, masses and proportion. The second half will focus on the particular surface of masses, in depth surface anatomy and personality of the structures of the model. Both halves of the course will cover geometric patterning of shapes, commensurate planes and planar rhythms. The added time length will enable a more mature articulated portrait.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for each quarter – Day – four hour each class.

or

$ 1200.00 for each quarter – Eve. – three hour each class.

PORTRAIT BUST RELIEF SCULPTURE COURSE
(detailed description)

This course will be taught in two parts, each part consisting of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique, or Modern Sculpture Plaster Portrait Bust, or Anatomical Model will be utilized several class sessions, to more extended projects within the two parts 13 meeting each time frame. Students will focus on bone landmarks and major muscle groups while working to capture the action of the pose and characteristics of the model. Overall forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated relief sculpture, defining sculptural content, and sketch composition. This course will establish how to develop a relief sculpture from a shape orientation method, as opposed to copying shadows, and light, which are not dependable factors in representing content.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for first 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
Or
$ 1200.00 for first 13 3-hour evening sessions.

$ 1200.00 for second 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
Or
$ 1200.00 for second 13 3-hour evening sessions.

FIGURE & PORTRAIT DRAWING: LIFE MODEL / ANTIQUE SCULPTURE, PLASTER CAST / ANATOMICAL MODELS COURSE
(detailed description)

This course consists of 13, four-hour sessions (day), or three hour sessions (evening). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique, or Modern Sculpture Plaster Figure / Portrait Bust, or Anatomical Model utilized each class session, to several class sessions through the 13 meetings. Students will focus on bone landmarks and major muscle groups while working to capture the action of the pose and characteristics of the model. Overall forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated drawing defining sculptural content, and sketch composition. This course will establish how to draw a person from a shape orientation method, as opposed to copying shadows, and light, which are not dependable factors in representing content.

Cost for the course:
$ 1200.00 for 13 4-hour daytime sessions.
or
$ 1200.00 for 13 3-hour evening sessions.

Students of painting and drawing as well as those of sculpture will benefit from these courses. Through the study of anatomy, running rhythms, natural geometric shape type, shape projection (seeing three dimensionally from a single point of view), commensurate planes, balance, symmetry and asymmetry, the students will come to better understand the actual shapes of the bust or figure and to perceive the interrelationships which cause the figure or portrait to seem capable of function and movement. The instructor will point out specific shape types in the model and demonstrate how every large shape is reflected in each smaller part of the head or figure. Structural anatomy and the balance of weight and mass will be studied in depth. An understanding of the large masses as a base for smaller details will be strongly emphasized and, subsequently, the bust or figure will seem more natural and clearly ordered. Shadows will be used as a tool to reveal shape instead of hiding it. As a result of the course, students will become less likely to do work which appears oversimplified, disjointed or appear cartoon like. Individual styles may be achieved later by choice rather than by mistake.

Students will also have visual access to a unique and extensive collection of anatomical models, anatomical figures and complete male & female European Skeletons. Sculpture Armature will be built in a class previous to the first weeks class with the model. A complete supply list is available for the Sculpture Armature and Sculpture Tools for enrolled students. Classes are limited to 10 students.

Please contact to make an appointment for visiting, signing up for Open Groups, Classes, or for Gallery visits.

Classes and Open Groups are a projected schedule, and will continue as set Classes, and Open Groups, depending on enrollment. If specific Classes, or Open Groups other than those designated on the calendar are requested by enough interested students, or participants then changes will reflect those requests.

 

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