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Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 5 with Johanna Schwaiger

Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 5
Symmetry or Asymmetry? That is the question.

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World-renowned sculptor Johanna Schwaiger joins New Masters Academy, bringing with her over 20 years experience of teaching and producing figurative and portrait sculpture. In her first series, she demonstrates her method of sculpting a female portrait from a live model. You’ll learn important methods and procedures using various sculpting materials and tools, key landmarks of the skull, and basic clay application. As she approaches a finish in Part 5, Johanna addresses the distance between her sculpture’s eyes, completes the lips, nostrils, and eyebrows. She introduces some finishing techniques in order to make the sculpture less sickly and more lifelike.


  • Water-Based Clay
  • 2″ x 2″ Plank
  • 3/4″ Thick Plywood or Melamine Square
  • Screws
  • Small Wood Modeling Tools
  • Tiranti Modeling Tools (B Series)
  • Caliper
  • Wire Clay Cutting Tool

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