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Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 3 with Johanna Schwaiger

Sculpting a Female Portrait in Clay | Part 3
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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. Having placed the facial features in the previous lesson, in this lesson Johanna pays special attention to the intricacies of the nose, eyes, and mouth. You’ll learn about the various fat pads and boney structures that contribute to the plane changes of these features. Additionally, now that she’s found the “border” of the volumes and structures, Johanna begins to treat the surface of the sculpture more deliberately.


  • 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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