MIR School of Classical Realism
Sculpture Classes since 1996
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Learn to sculpt "The Human Figure in Clay"
This is a 13-week class, 39+ hours, dedicated to the teachings of CLASSICAL HUMAN FIGURE THE TRADITIONAL WAY. You will learn how to accurately sculpt in clay the human figure working with a professional art model during the entire duration of the class. You will learn human anatomy, relative proportions, measurements, bone landmarks and much more. If you miss classes don't worry, you are given the opportunity to hire the model, teacher free, for two extra classes at a nominal cost, the model's fee divided amongst the participating students.
We take a 30-minute fun break where we share laughs, food, wine and get to know each other. All levels of expertise are welcomed. No prior experience is necessary so please don't feel intimidated if you have never sculpted before. Unlike many other art classes, this is a small class of only 8 students, which allows me to give each student plenty of individual attention and instructions.
The tuition includes everything you will need. I provide the clay, tools, armature, sculpture stands, measuring tools, etc. I have a kiln in my studio in case you wish to fire your finished piece. Firing fee extra, $35-45 depending on size.
This is a small class and the participation of every student counts. Please note that once the class starts the tuition becomes non-refundable, so please make sure to check your calendar prior to signing up for the class. You are welcomed to drop by any Monday evenings and check the class before you commit.
This class will become your favorite 3 hours of your week!
Expect to learn:
• Participation in choosing an inspiring and exciting pose
• Relative Proportions
• Skeletal and Muscular System
• Subcutaneous Bone Landmarks
• Correct way to “see” and "measure" a three-dimensional form
• Surface Modeling
• Armature Building
• Experiment with a variety of professional sculpting tools
• Learn how to repair damages before and after firing
• Become aware of different patinas, paint mediums, and glazes
• Required preparation before kiln firing
Tuition: $775 includes everything you will need to sculpt with
Day: 13 Mondays
Time: 6:45 - 9:45 P.M.
Size: Only 8 students
Location: MIR Studio, San Francisco, CA 94112 (near City College)
kiln firing fee: $35 - $45 depending on the size of your piece. (optional)
How to send tuition: Use venmo.com. It's free if you use your debit card. You can find me by my full name, Marilyn Ines Rodriguez / firstname.lastname@example.org . You can use PayPal but they will charge you $25. Sending a check is OK. Contact me for studio address.
My award winning book "An Artist's Guide to Proportions and Measurements of the Skeletal System" by Marilyn Ines Rodriguez can be bought at Amazon or at my studio.
THE HUMAN HAND
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Our "HAND WORKSHOP" is packed with extremely useful and practical information. Designed for the artists wanting to fully learn the HAND'S skeletal and muscular system, relative proportions, subcutaneous bone landmarks, nuisances and much more. It is a fact that rendering a realistic and well proportionate hand is a huge challenge for most artists. In this workshop, you will learn all the INS and OUT, to the minute details required to sculpt a great looking HAND.
It's a small class hence, you will receive plenty of individual attention. I have numerous castings of real hands which we use as models. Our goal is not just to learn the anatomy's of a HAND, but to create a beautiful, well proportionate and expressive hand. A HAND you will feel proud to display. My studio has a kiln in the event you wish to fire your finished hand, $25 optional.
We take a 30-minute pot-luck food break where we share food, laughs and get to know each other better. You will have lots of fun while learning in a very creative, supportive and relaxed environment.
TUITION: $595. Includes all the materials and tools you will need
Class size: Only 7 students. You will receive plenty of individual instructions
Firing Fee: $25 (optional)
"I recently completed "The Hand Weekend Workshop" with master sculptor Marilyn Rodriquez. The course was amazing and I can't wait to take much more. You will absolutely get more than your money worth. I finally understand and did a terrific hand!” ~ M. Robinson
“I would like to thank Marilyn for her patience, and easy-going ability to teach me the finer points of measuring, and working the clay from a large gray lump, into something quite beautiful, and balanced. The weekend workshop seemed to go by so very quickly, and yet there was adequate time to ask questions, observe and learn new measuring techniques, and create an extremely pleasing result ...a beautiful sculpture of a hand”. ~ D. Barrelier, DDS.
"To whoever might be interested in The Hand Workshop: It was awesome. I really enjoyed it & with good instruction from Marilyn, I was able to create a hand I liked. I highly recommend the workshop. It was fun!” ~ T. Gantt
"This is what I had been looking for: a specialized subject you knew well and could teach us. It was fun, too!" ~ C. Q.
"The lecture was well worth it". It gave me a strong foundation for the workshop ahead. I Highly recommended" D. Davis
THE HUMAN HEAD
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This workshop is for artists who wish to learn how to sculpt a proportionate and realistic human head and shoulders the right way. We start by sculpting a skull and learning the names and shape of all the head bones. You will also learn the most important "Relative Proportions" and "Bone landmarks" of the head and shoulders. We use a real human skull as our initial model.
After you finish sculpting a skull you will learn how to accurately sculpt the surface anatomy, ears, lips, nose, eyes, hair, etc. We do not use a life model in this workshop, as our main goal is the understanding of the anatomy, and relative proportions of a human head, not the rendering of a particular person.
We take a 30-minute fun food break where we share food, laughs and get to know each other better. You will have lots of fun while learning in a very creative, supportive and free environment!
TUITION: $595. Includes all the materials and tools you will need
Class Size: Limited to 7 students. You will receive plenty of individual attention
Kiln firing fee: $35 (optional)
"After I participated in Marilyn's very informative and fun Head workshop I was able to later sculpt a bust of my Mom from an old photograph. I was very pleased with the results. I couldn't have done it without taking the workshop first. I highly recommend it!" ~ N. Giles
"I have taken the Hand and the Head workshops and they are both terrific. I now understand much better human anatomy and how the bones and muscles help shape the outside. I also learn very useful relative proportions" ~ T. Gant
" I had never sculpted a human bust or any other human part before. This was extremely valuable and fun. I had no idea we would get so far so fast!" ~ C. Hixon
"While Marilyn's sculpture classes are really fun, and I learn a lot, and my pieces turn out so much better than I'd imagined, the classes help me in life, too. Marilyn has taught me to observe, see, and notice more - not just about human bodies, but about everything. It's easier to find more things in life that are interesting ("look at those ears!") and to solve problems more easily because I notice more details I suddenly have more information to work with because I perceive more of what's around me. For instance, after the last class, I got in my car and found myself feeling shapes, contours, and textures in my steering wheel, which I've handled a thousand times, but never noticed before. It opens up a world of wonder, that there's still so much I haven't noticed yet." ~ S. Young
"Through Marilyn's personal attention, I experienced the joy and magic of sculpture. A wonderful experience." ~ K. Lind
Private One-on-One Critiques
TUITION: $150 per hour based on 15 minutes increments
Some students or more advanced sculptors prefer to work alone from their studio, but desire and would greatly benefit from a professional one-on-one critique. I can either go to your studio, Skype or you may bring your work to my studio. I will give you my honest and professional opinion to help you improve your work, your anatomy knowledge, and your odds of selling your piece. I focus on relative proportions, anatomy, bone landmarks and overall artistic presentation. From experience, a 30-minute initial critique is enough time to cover a lot of ground before you start feeling overwhelmed by information. I am so absolutely certain you will walk away with a much-improved artwork and a better understanding of the human figure.
After the initial consultation usually, 15 minutes critiques, are usually enough. If I have to go to your studio I charge extra depending on how far you live. Call to schedule an appointment.
"Dear Marilyn, I had no idea that so much could be learned from a 30-minute phone call. What you taught me about hands makes me realize that up to this point I have just been lucky in my sculpting pursuits. I now know that I have so much to learn. Now when I look at other sculptors work and the seven pieces I have sculpted with hands I can immediately see where improvements can be made. It is amazing. I am starting my next set of hands soon and can't wait to see the improvements. I'll be back! Sincerely, Goran"
"My sculpture went from Ok to great with Marilyn's feedback. I hired her for three 30 minute sessions and it was well worth it. Thank you, Joseph R"
Sculpture Classes for Children
Ages 8 and 17
Kids want to feel free and encouraged to create whatever they want, especially in an art class. I provide a fun and artistic environment for them to explore their creative spirit, where their imagination is their only limitation. They get to choose their style, from realistic to more abstract, and the subject matter that inspires them, (i.e. people, animals, mythological figures, creative monsters). This is a class for the young artist wanting to learn how to sculpt in clay and try out different sculpting tools, armature building, hollowing technique, artistic anatomy, etc. My studio has a kiln so they have the option to fire their finished pieces. They also get to paint their finished sculpture after it has been fired. Paint and brushes will be provided.
It is always a good idea for the parents to bring their child to my studio beforehand. I like to meet the child first, show them my studio, the spot where they will be working, and to make sure this is the art medium they’d like to explore. My goal is for them to have fun, explore the wonderful world of sculpture and to provide them with an outlet for their imagination. Up to 4 children per class only.
TUITION: $90 for 2 hours. Recommended 4 classes minimum
Dates: Saturday mornings 10:30 - 12:30
Student's Testimonials - General
"You can see Marilyn's work online, so you will already know she is an amazing artist - but the best part is that she is also a fantastic teacher. She offers real, practical assessments that improve everyone's work. She runs the class like a salon, there is a lot of playfulness to go with the critique and in the middle of the session, we take a short break with food and wine and conversation. I feel like I've learned a lot in only the 13 weeks I've been there. I will be taking another class and I highly recommend the class to anyone - from beginner to advanced intermediate." ~ K. Windholds
"It is rare these days to find a true master in classical sculpture who instructs in an intimate environment reminiscent of the way it was done at the turn of the 20th century. Marilyn is a naturalist at heart who guides with detail and confidence, but who also allows the student a lot of space to explore their artistic expression in a structured environment. She understands the process." ~ R. Blasband
"This is a class where a person can get a lot of help and information from a teacher who has a lot of indispensable knowledge of anatomy. I have been in plenty of classes, and I have not experienced students being helped in this way. It also helps that the class is small, and it is not intimidating, and this just increases the opportunity for a person to get personal attention from a knowledgeable person who is naturally willing to help anyway. And sometimes jokes are cracked. It's cozy, and personally, that's an ideal atmosphere for my creativity to manifest." ~ E. Suvasa
"Marilyn's sculpture class was a 3-hour oasis of calm in the midst of a stressful weekly urban routine. No matter the events of the week, I always felt centered and at peace within a few minutes of arriving at Marilyn's studio. Marilyn has a gift for staying out of the way when you're in the flow, but suddenly materializing at the precise moment that help is needed. Her advice was always concise and dead-on. With her ever-present encouragement to "measure, measure, measure", she managed to coax beautiful work from all 7 novice sculptors." ~ J. Hoffis
"This is an excellent class for all levels of experience - from beginners to advance. The class decides on the pose as a group, but then everyone works at their own level and gets individualized instruction from Marilyn. The classes are small and a very nice rapport develops among the students & model & instructor. Marilyn is a superb teacher for many reasons. First of all, she is excited by sculpture and in what we get out of the class, both for the artwork that we create but also for the intangible benefits we get from our conversations and critiques. She is a great believer in the beauty that art brings to our lives, not only the art "piece". I have taken the class twice so far and plan on taking more classes in the future. It is not so easy to have access to a live model for such an extended period of time, & to have Marilyn's experienced instruction on top of that is a great combination." ~ K. Connearney
"Marilyn is not only talented she is warm, loving, and generous and she clearly has both anatomical and aesthetic understanding of the human figure. I feel nourished and encouraged by her style of teaching. This class offers an intimate setting t in which to explore and evolve in this medium." ~ A. Pearl
"Sculpting with Marilyn cannot be likened to anything else. Whether or not you have sculpted before or not is completely independent to what you get out of this class, and I am not just talking about the actual sculpture! Enlightenment into one's self from a very different perspective and talent flow to greet you and leave you feeling like you can do anything you ever put your mind to. I guarantee you will be surprised with what you take away from this class, and you'll have a new love and respect for yourself and sculpting. I am addicted." ~ S. Popham
"Marilyn, I love seeing the progress in your career..., and of course hearing from you. Thank you for teaching me that I had within me an undiscovered talent I was unaware of until I took lessons from you. I appreciate you as a wonderful friend, human being, and excellent teacher." ~ Dr. D. Barrelier
"I enrolled in Marilyn's class and what I discovered was a warm, friendly group of people who were enjoying art for the sake of art. Marilyn has an amazing gift in that she knows how to explain and help without taking over and making it her work instead of the students. I learned an amazing amount of information in a short amount of time. I would strongly recommend Marilyn's class for anyone with a love of art. There were people with years of experience and complete amateurs like me. She treated us all with respect and genuine caring. I look forward to taking another class with her soon." ~ D. Ruddell
"I look forward to your class so much. I especially love the silent moments when you become so intent on what you're working on that the only thing that reminds you where you are is the sound of the wind chimes... Or is it the wind chimes that help you let go... Maybe they're more like a string holding onto a helium balloon. Regardless, your class offers a peaceful escape from the rest of the world. Thank you for that." ~ L. Steinberger
"She supplies everything one needs. Each student has a say in the pose to be addressed for the course. The organization she has developed over the years makes the experience of being an artist seem so natural. The classes are small and intimate, always very friendly. Lastly, she teaches by example; patience, spirit, determination, humanity, and self-esteem." ~ D.J. Barrelier
"Sculpting classes helped me appreciate the beauty of creation and discover my new passion. From my experience, sculpting is the creation process where we can put our body, our soul, and the clay to work to materialize our perceptions and feelings. I was amazed by the results of my first sculpture. The teaching technique lets you use your best abilities to accomplish great results." ~ V. Machnicki
"I highly recommend Marilyn's sculpture class. Of course she is a highly talented sculptor, but more importantly, she is a skilled teacher. She is able to communicate the techniques and strategies that many artists have trouble articulating. Her many years of experience have allowed her to develop just the right balance between teacher instruction and student discovery. I have always been extremely impressed with the student's final products, particularly the students sculpting for the first time. Finally, the icing on the cake is her half-hour wine + hors d'ovres in the middle of class - great people and great conversation. I couldn't recommend it all the more." ~ M. Vary