Learn How to Sculpt Animals, the Human Figure, or Any 3-D Object

Want to just learn sculpture for the fun of it, or do you dream of a career as a professional artist? Whatever your goal, you've come to the right place! Take sculpture lessons from a master sculptor who has worked in a variety of sculpture media (clay, porcelain, and bronze) for over 30 years, and who can get you moving with simple, easy-to-follow steps. 

Once you're familiar with the basic principles, tools, and techniques of sculpture, you'll be able to go anywhere your imagination takes you.  Beyond building your favorite subjects in clay, you'll have the opportunity to advance to the next level, learning specialty moldmaking and casting.  One you understand the entire process, you'll have the ability to create and reproduce your own unique works of art.

Learn Sculpture VideosYour instructor, Charles (Chuck) Oldham:  a professional sculptor who was named one of 8 "Titans of Bronze" in Arizona (Arizona Art Life Magazine), was selected to work with the Cousteau Society to create their Commemorative Humpback Whale sculpture, and was designer of Presidential and Head-of-State gift porcelains for over 12 years.  In addition, he created hundreds of figure and prototype sculptures for the fine gift industry.

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What is a sculpture? A sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by forming or shaping a material (such as clay) or combining different materials together. The process of sculpture can be considered "additive," in which materials like clay are added to a form, or "subtractive," in which material is carved away. Sculptures may also be created by gluing or fastening materials together in some manner. Our sculpture lessons make use of plasteline modeling clay because it is the choice of professional sculptors focused on creating and reproducing realistic or representational sculpture.

The Learn Sculpture Mission: to teach representational sculpting to people of all ages using a method developed by Chuck Oldham.  What is "The Oldham Method"? It is a proven program for learning sculpture; it teaches how representational sculpture is achieved in predictable stages through construction, combination, and measurement of simple geometric forms. The Oldham Method is presented in classroom and video demonstrations and uses modeling clay, workbooks and specialized tools.

Programs Available:

  • for elementary school,
  • for high school and college,
  • for adults, and
  • for retirement communities.


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