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Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 2 with Johanna Schwaiger

Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 2
Sculpt Beautiful Portraits in Clay! Follow along with Johanna as she adds the features and refines the profile

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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. Follow along with Johanna in this second lesson as she sculpts the eyes, ears, and mouth. She emphasizes checking the profile line of your sculpture often, keeping the width “under-built,” and checking for symmetry.


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

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