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The Human Head: Creating Meaning Through Form

All Levels
Sept 17 & 24, 2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm View in Your Timezone

Students will create a human head, learning about the muscles that give the face form and expression. This understanding of the foundational structures of the head will greatly help in creating realistic figurative work. We will cover each component of the face separately, creating strategies to deal with different types of noses, eyes, mouths, ears, etc. culminating in bringing together all components into one life-like human head.

Specific course outcomes:

Through detailed demonstrations and explanations, the student will leave with a better understanding of how the bones and muscles of the head interact to create meaningful expression in the face. Topics to be covered: names/placement/function of all muscles, basic rules of head proportion, both solid and hollow construction methods, basic strategies for making facial components (ear, eye, hose, etc.), and strategies for creating hair.

Meet the Instructor

Richard James

Richard W. James is an assistant professor of ceramics at Miami University, Oxford OH. He has held artist in resident positions at The Archie Bray Foundation and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Richard has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Sculpture Magazine Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, 2019 James…


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