Winter 2012 — issue 337

The Art in Learning


Elizabeth Helm
The Annual Figure Modeling Competition

Educating and encouraging emerging sculptors with strong indications of talent ensures the art form’s continuation. To this end, National Sculpture Society co-sponsors the annual Figure Modeling Competition (FMC) with three host institutions:  Brookgreen Gardens, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and New York Academy of Art.

Jodie A. Shull
Studio With A View: Studying Figurative Sculpture At Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Student artists from around the globe take a break now and then to gaze out the tall windows of The Cannery at the almost mystical waters of San Francisco Bay.  The ever-changing play of color and light and texture never fails to inspire.

Ellen Lubell
Making The Connection. How Sculpture Students Feel About The Figure And Their Teachers.

At age thirty-nine, Sarah Peters (PAFA ’95), a figurative sculptor for twenty years, an exhibiting artist and a teacher, credits all the instructors at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia with helping her hone her sensibility.

John Ewing
Head First: Educating A New Generation Of Figurative Sculptors

The impulse to express oneself through the figure has called to artists throughout the ages.  But any serious sculptor of the figure will acknowledge that in order to achieve its full potential, one must first develop skill with this demanding art form.