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Sculpting the Portrait from Life: An Introduction to Naturalistic Modeling with Kaelin Palcu


Instructor: Kaelin Palcu
Dates:  June 26-30, 2024
Times: 9 am–4 pm (break 12–1 pm)
Workshop Location: Chandler Studio, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Levels/Ages: This workshop is open to all levels, ages 18+.


In this five-day workshop, students will learn to block in the portrait while also being introduced to more detailed sculpting techniques. Starting with a ½- or ¾- life-size portrait sketch, the instructor will guide students through the process of creating a ¾ life-size portrait sculpture. Students will learn to build a strong sense of likeness and proportion, as well as to create “skin-like” modeling using custom armatures and water-based clay.

Instructor demonstrations and ample work time will allow participants to both synthesize information and find their own style and voice.

All levels are welcome. 

Note: This workshop does not include final castings of completed works. Students are encouraged to do this independently.

Supplies: Please consult the instructor’s supply list to confirm and/or obtain the items you will need for the workshop. 

Terms: Please review our Terms, Conditions, and Policies prior to enrollment.

Artist Bio

For the last decade, Kaelin Palcu has been immersed in the study of metal-smithing, classical  drawing, and sculpting the figure from life. In 2021, she completed her education at both the  Barcelona and Florence Academies of Art. Prior to this, she spent four years apprenticing as a  bronzesmith and developing proficiency with bronze, steel, and precious metals. Her most recent solo exhibition took place in 2023, in Malibu, California. Palcu currently practices and teaches in New York. 

Instagram @kaelinpalcu