Sculpture: Portrait

at New York School of the Arts - Upper East Side

Course Details
$430 12 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Apr 06, 4:30pm - May 25, 7:30pm Eastern Time ( 8 sessions )

Upper East Side, Manhattan
315 E 62nd St
2nd Floor
Btwn 1st & 2nd Avenues
New York, New York 10065
Venue: Sculpture Studio
Price includes $50 Registration Fee.
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Weixian Jiang

What you'll learn in this clay class:

In this course, you will learn how to do a realistic human head from start to finish, exploring the anatomy of the face in-depth, proportions, features, and expressions. You’ll learn the principles of building armatures and handling clay. All work in clay from the life model. 

All levels of experience are welcomed.

Registration fee included.

Materials list for instructor Jiang:

  1. Sculpture Armature for Head & Bust: The height should be between 15"-17" with the baseboard 10"x10": Example
  2. Sculpture Clay Tools: Example
  3. School supplies 25Lb Brown & White Clay. - Alternatively, if you prefer buy Sulphur-free plasteline or sculpting wax: Example

Recommended art supply stores:

  • Blick Art Materials
  • The Compleat Sculptor

Important notes:

  • Before class students will need to sign a safety waiver and COVID questionnaire before attending the first session. Details will be provided after registration.

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Refund Policy

Class Cancellation: Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session are not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected] There is a $15 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop twelve days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 75% refund as school credit if within twelve days of the start of the class. (A quarter begins on the first day of week one.)
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class. 
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.

Transfers: All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transfer from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $15 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons: We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter and spring break. If we must close due to weather, we will send out an email as well as update social media. The New York School of the Arts follows New York City Public Schools for weather-related closings. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
4:30pm - 7:30pm Eastern Time Weixian Jiang 8 $430
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Question from Danielle W.
How full does the class need to be in order for it to not be canceled? Thanks!
Question from ana g.
I would like to know if Covid vaccine is required? I would like to know before I register. Thanks
Question from Diana
Hi- I would love to sign up for the class, but am seeing that there are 3-4 specific days I wouldn’t be able to make it. Is it possible to schedule makeup classes for those days?
Question from maris c.
Are beginners okay?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Maris! Yes, beginners are welcome to attend this class. Thanks!
Question from anonymous
In this class will we learn basic techniques of sculpting as well?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! This class is open to students of all levels of experience. Basic sculpting techniques will be taught in this class, with a focus on portrait techniques. If you want a more general approach to basic techniques, we suggest the class, Sculpture: Principles & Basic Techniques.
Answer from anonymous
Will it be a good choice to enroll with no level of experience handling clay? And not a basic technique class for starters?
Answer from Alex V. Verified Educator
Hi, this is Alex from NYSA. You can enroll in this class at any level of experience with clay; our teaching method provides one on one instruction for all students throughout the class, which allows the instructor to provide basic techniques to beginners that will focus on portraiture. If you are more interested in the basic techniques of sculpting and not on portraiture, we recommend the class Sculpture: Principles & Basic Techniques with Ingo Appel.
Answer from anonymous
Thanks. This class does sounds like what I'm looking for. And all we will need is just the armature and tools correct?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, that's correct. The list on the class description is all you need to bring to the class. Hope this helps!
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Question from Anonymous
Will this class help with sculpting figures such as smaller objects? Like would we build our clay making skills not just learning the bust?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! If the student wishes to create sculptures other than a bust, perhaps our other course offerings would be better suited. For example, in the class "Sculpture: The Human Form", students work from the model but are encourage to create sculptures from their own perspectives: they can focus on the full figure, a leg, etc. And they can work in small or large scales.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Additionally, if the student wants to work in clay, but does not want to focus on figurative sculpting, they can enroll in Sculpture: Principles & Basic Techniques if they are at a beginner to intermediate level, or join Sculpture: Unconventional Materials if they are experienced sculptors and wish to work in clay but want to experiment with a mixture of styles.
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Question from Dougie
I'm a beginner in sculpting, would this be the correct choice for one booking there first sculpting class without prior experience ?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Dougie! All levels of experience are welcome to join the class. Hope this helps!
Question from Anonymous
Are we able to keep our finished work?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello, there! Students keep their finished work at the end of the course. They also have the option of firing their finished work in our kiln once their work is completed for an additional fee of $30.00. If you plan to fire their piece at the end, you should advise their instructor during the first class. Hope this helps!
Question from joe
Thinking of registering for this class. I'm unclear if the school provides the armatures and tools or if I have to buy my own?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Joe! The school supplies only 25Lb Brown & White Clay. The armatures and tools you to buy your own. Thanks!
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