To whom is the sculpting course directed?

This course is open to all, beginners and advanced, as well as curious people wishing to have the experience of sculpting.

Each person regardless of his starting point is able to benefit from this class.

This course is very relevant for visual artists from other disciplines and could also be useful for those working in 3D.

Are there any prerequisites for the course?

If there is a prerequisite, it would be to know how to peel an apple with a knife and to agree to be guided by the teacher.

The course is good for a beginner as well as for a person who has completed other courses and learned techniques from other sculptors.

Everything you learn and integrate during this course will enrich your actual practice and can be applied to further studies and techniques.

What is the duration of the course?

The course is given over a period of twenty hours spread over two and a half days, usually on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday all day.

It is also possible to take the course during the week, by request, and depending on my availability.

What is the price of the course? What does it include?

The price of the course is $450 CAD + taxes ($517.39 CAD).

A $125 CAD + taxes ($143.72 CAD) deposit is required in order to have your place reserved.

Clay is provided and the tools are loaned for the duration of the course. Do not bring your own tools, bring only your lunch and your good mood!

How many people are in each class?

There are a maximum of three participants in each class. This allows the teacher to give the necessary individual attention and follow-up to each participant.

Is it possible to organize a workshop with more than three participants?

Yes, you may organize a workshop with more than three persons.  However, to give the proper attention to each participant I would need to hire an assistant and that will reflect on the price of the course.  I would be happy to discuss it with you.

Where is the course it given?

The course is given in my workshop, in Verdun – Montreal. The studio is open, bright and welcoming, an ideal space to learn.

The studio is located near the Champlain Bridge and highways 15 and 20, and a twelve minute walk from two metro stations, Verdun and de L’Eglise. Parking is easy.

What are the materials and techniques used?

The material used for the course is clay. It is a quality clay which, because it contains fiber it will harden without firing. Once the course is completed you have a finished piece requiring no extra steps.

Techniques used are, carving (by subtraction) or modeling (by addition).

From a teaching viewpoint, it is a step by step approach: I demonstrate in front of you, one by one, the sequences to be carried out, with  the necessary explanations.

Note that skills and concepts you will acquire during this course will serve you for sculpting on stone, wood, metal, clay or other materials.

Is it a course with technical or creative content?

For me, being creative is having the ability to make choices. The more skills, knowledge, understanding and experience you have, the more you are able to broaden your range of choice and express your ideas.

One of the objectives of this course is therefore to give you new tools that will help you realize your creative ideas

Is the aim of the course to learn a new technique?

The first objective of the course is to learn to think sculpture so that you can put this way of thinking into practice with the materials and techniques you presently use or will use in the future.

The method that I use for this course is a way to achieve this objective.

What is the course?

The purpose of the course is to sculpt a head from a block of clay, using the method of carving (by subtraction) or modeling (by addition).

The objectives are the following:

  • Learn to think three dimensionally
  • Understand the concept of form that is built, that integrates volume, plan and structure
  • Give the participant, experienced or not, new skills and abilities that will enhance his creative potential
  • Acquire a solid foundation and the confidence, especially for the beginner, to continue in the field of sculpture

In what way does this course differ from other courses of sculpture?

Many sculpting methods can be found in a library or on the internet. All have their qualities and techniques and are offered by sculptors of merit.

However, I noticed that they do not teach the basics of sculpture: how to think sculpture, structure, volume, shape, plan, or how to manipulate the light.  Therefore to meet this lack, I designed and developed this intensive course.

Being self-taught, this is the course that I would have liked to have when I started sculpting.

How do I enroll?

You can register by phone or by e-mail.

Your place is confirmed upon receipt of the deposit of $125 CAD, payable by check made out to Philippe Coudari.

No refund of deposit unless you cancel 10 (ten) working days prior to the course start date.

The balance is required on the first day of the course.

If you cannot attend the course on the confirmed dates it will be possible to postpone your registration to a later course, subject to availability, without additional costs or loss of your deposit.