Go Figure

This 3D portrait workshop will offer students a 5-day ‘sculpting-from-life’ experience, using water-based clay following traditional, classical methods. Students will begin work on building up the skull with an emphasis on bone structure depth and dimension.

During the initial days students will sculpt the portrait from our live model with a goal to achieving a likeness. Teaching methods will include discussions of the features of Michelangelo’s DAVID, and how to take proper measurements of the facial features and visual interpretations.

Our last day together will feature mold making and pouring a plaster cast of our finished piece (whether it is a full head or mask). There will be individual daily feedback on work in progress.

No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. Limit 8 students.


Students should bring:

  • Apron and hand towel
  • Any sculpting tools you might have, or buy a basic set

About Chippie Kennedy:

At an early age Chippie Kennedy developed an interest in the presentation of the human figure, in particular the body as a showpiece for clothing. This led her to pursue a degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson University and a career in designing on 7th Ave. in New York City. However, as Kennedy’s fascination with texture and movement grew she turned her attention to sculpture. The transition from cloth to clay paralleled the search for the understanding of human form and spirit alike. Kennedy enrolled in the Florence Academy of Art where she obtained her master’s in 2012. She has since exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. In 2012, Kennedy’s sleeping nude Daphne was included in National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture for a New Century at SUNY Orange in upstate New York. Kennedy was also a finalist in the ARC Salon in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and won “Best Portrait Award” at the Canadian Portrait Society Competition in 2017. Kennedy is an elected Sculptor Member of National Sculpture Society (America) as well as the Sculptor Society of Canada, The Portrait Society of American and the Portrait Society of Canada.