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Portrait Modeling with Rick Casali


Instructor: Rick Casali
Dates:  August 12-16, 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 15+.


This 5-day workshop offers an opportunity to sculpt a realistic clay portrait from life with internationally-acclaimed artist Rick Casali. Numerous daily demonstrations covering the structure of the neck and skull, facial proportions, geometric planes, and the specific anatomy of the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose are included in the instruction, as is an introduction to Casali’s philosophy of structural form. This workshop is recommended for portrait painters, sculptors, students of drawing, computer animators, designers, and wood carvers. Students will produce one life-size head in terra cotta clay to take home. 

All levels are welcome.

Supplies: Please consult the 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

A figurative artist based in Maryland, Rick Casali expresses his appreciation for nature and his love of the human body through his work. Whether painting a portrait in oils or sculpting a figure in clay, Casali keeps his artistic principles streamlined. As he explains, “It is the honest study of nature that leads one to beauty. I’m striving to capture the essence of what is happening . . . a certain color harmony in the landscape or the spirit of a person in the portrait.” Casali’s style embraces classicism, Impressionism, and elements of modern design, aiming to fuse the timeless geometry of the Greeks with a fresh, impressionistic vision of reality.

Believing in the perpetuation of artistic knowledge through teaching, Casali has taught drawing, painting, and sculpture at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, St. John’s College, and in workshops across the United States. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, and is represented by Haynes Galleries in Nashville, Tennessee, Egeli Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. Casali recently finished construction on his new north-light studio at his home in Maryland, where he both paints and teaches.

For more information, please visit:

Instagram @rickcasali

Daily Schedule

9 am-12 pm Lectures by Casali and Model Posing

12-1 pm Lunch Break

1-4 pm Lectures by Casali and Model Posing