Jason Arkles: The Figure in Clay from Life Workshop

Jason Arkles: The Figure in Clay from Life

July 22-26, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm

Don't miss this opportunity to study at The Atelier's first ever sculpture program

with internationally recognized Sculptor Jason Arkles.


In this five day (30 hour) course, sculptor Jason Arkles leads the class in creating 40% life-sized figures in clay, using the visual measurement techniques of the Sight Size method. Working from a live model posed in a seated position, students will learn how to build clay figures of substantial dimensions without the use of an armature, in water-based clay. Instructor Jason Arkles will work alongside students throughout the duration of the course, providing a demonstration of techniques and practices  for the entirety of the course.


Materials Included

The materials for this course are included in the fee, but if you already have some clay tools that you'd like to bring along, please feel free.





Throughout the course, each student will work from a living model six hours a day. Instead of molding and casting the work at the end of the course, these seated figures will be hollowed out and can be fired into terracotta statuettes, should the students wish. Alternatively, students can take their work home for further finishing or casting, as desired.


On the last day, various finishing techniques will be introduced, and the works will be hollowed and left to dry for firing later.



Jason Arkles is an American sculptor working in the traditional methods and materials one would normally associate with a sculptor in Florence. His large-scale figurative work in bronze, marble, terracotta and wood can be found in public and private spaces, museums, cemeteries, and churches in Europe and America, including on the façade of Saint Mark’s English Church, here in Florence. Trained locally in the studio of Charles H. Cecil (the human figure in clay), in Studio Sem in Pietrasanta (marble), and in a Pontifical Academy in Rome (sacred art), Jason himself now runs a small teaching studio in Florence, Studio Della Statua, in tandem with his professional career. Regarding himself as a practitioner of sculpture rather than an academic, Jason nevertheless has presumed to self-publish two small books on sculpture; Sculpting From Life, a manual for sculpting in clay using a living model , and the other, a translation and commentary on Leon Battista Alberti’s Della Statua. he is currently working on his third, which will detail the history of visually- oriented sculpture technique as practiced in the ateliers of 19th Century France.

Learn more about Jason Arkles here.



Join us for Jason's lecture at the Atelier on Thursday night during the workshop:

American Sculptors, European Training

Thursday, July 25th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Atelier Hall

Beyond Jason's accomplishments as a sculptor, he also hosts the popular art history podcast "The Sculptor's Funeral." A leading authority in his field, Jason will discuss the the first generation of American sculptors to travel to Europe for their artistic education. The traditional 'Atelier' training they received left an impact on American sculpture that still resonates today.

Why the podcast? Jason has become a popular and sought-after lecturer on art history, bringing to the lecturer's podium the perspective of a practitioner rather than that of an art historian. Jason has given lectures on sculpture at the 'big three' ateliers in Florence - Charles H. Cecil studio, The Florence Academy of Art , and the Angel Academy. He is also on the History of Art Department at the British Institute of Florence, and has in the past given an entire season of lectures in conjunction with the St. Mark's Cultural Association in Florence, which spanned the whole of the Western European tradition of figurative sculpture. After receiving numerous requests to put his engaging lectures online for others to enjoy, the idea for the podcast was born.



Instructor: Jason Arkles

Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Dates: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26

Class Length: 5 Days

Price: $640.00 (includes materials fee)

Level: All levels

Class size: 15

*When registering, be sure to select the "2019 Workshops" semester.

*If you have any difficulties or questions during the registration process, please feel free to call 631-250-9009.