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Sculpting the Portrait with Chad Fisher


Instructor: Chad Fisher
Date: June 27-July 1 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 9 am-5 pm, with lunch break 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, and uninstructed time in the evenings until 8 pm
Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts’ Stobart Studio

In this workshop, students will create a finished clay portrait from life using traditional fine art techniques. Emphasis will be placed on large shapes, anatomy, structure, and hierarchy of forms. We will spend time looking for the musical rhythms in your work, the concepts of continuation of form will be introduced, much like a ballet dancer is taught to hold a line into space.

All levels are welcome. The instructor will demonstrate concepts and will work alongside students over the workshop but this workshop will move at a fast pace. You are invited to join the instructor who will host open sculpture in the evenings, for a two-hour informal work time until 8 pm.

You will leave with a finished portrait sculpture, and options for preserving your sculpture through casting will be discussed.

Special Notes
The health and safety of our guests are of the utmost priority to the Academy. Workshop participants will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door, and we require that everyone follow safety measures, including social distancing and wearing masks.

We are regularly monitoring the guidelines of the CDC and will adjust our policies accordingly. 

Artist Bio
Since 2006 Chad Fisher has worked as commissioned/gallery artist, producing fine art bronze and stone sculptures. Chad’s work is informed by a decade of rigorous academic training and a deep understanding of historic design principles. He has received public recognition for his work with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Bears Football Club, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial, Major General Harry Rockafeller Memorial, Wild Bill Guarnere Memorial, and the MSG Gary Gordon, MOH Memorial. In 2017 Chad, along with his father Fran, and wife Denise, built Fisher Sculpture’s personal art foundry. He is represented by Grenning Gallery.

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Additional information

Course Type


12 openings

Select “Clay and Armature Kit” from the dropdown below if you have your own tools and need only the required clay and armature kit. Select “All-inclusive Supply Kit” if you wish to have a kit waiting for you in the studio that includes everything on the instructor’s tool list, plus clay and armature.