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What We Can Learn From Classical Sculpture

When you walk into a Figurative Sculpture class at RMCAD, you’ll see students from a variety of degree programs, from Illustration and Fine Arts, to Game Art and Animation. Learning a timeless technique is reason enough to make this course interesting, but what does classical sculpture have to do with art and design today? A lot, actually.

During the eight-week term, students complete two pieces—a replica of a bust sculpture, and a figure sculpture using a live model. This, to be clear, is no easy feat. However, students quickly learn to build and rebuild while using a variety of tools to measure proportions and make alterations to their work.

As they continue this process, foundational techniques and concepts come in to play, explained RMCAD instructor Yenegata Tawahade.

“Students learn how to integrate the visual elements of proportion, anatomy, gesture, and volume to develop and create an image in 3D,” he said.  

These concepts are at the heart of art and design, making the class applicable to any form of creative expression. In turn, students can apply their learnings can be applied to their work outside of Tawahade’s classroom, whether they are working on a figure drawing, creating concept art for an animated character, or doing 3D digital design.

It’s also worth mentioning that the sculptures students make in this class are breathtaking on their own. See for yourself in the slideshow below:


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