Steven Perkins: Structure of the Human Figure and Portrait Headby Matthew Innis |
The concept of structure, in this workshop, differs from anatomy and includes the abstract concepts of geometry, plane structure and the manner in which forms are prototypical. Students work from models using water-based clay and armatures, as the instructor offers individual critiques, demonstrations and lectures to cover the figure as a whole and to show the sequence of modeling it as a sculptor. Greater emphasis is placed on understanding the forms in their essential structure and character than in the sitter’s individual likeness.
The instructor helps to make sense of anatomical understanding by showing how all of the information conforms to larger form patterns and how those patterns harmonize. It gives a sense of the largest masses working together and how they subdivide onto smaller and smaller forms. Mechanics of gesture are explained and practiced in quick gestures, much as in charcoal and paint, but here in three-dimensions. An anatomical demonstration of the skull, cartilage and musculature is presented. One of the most important aspects covered is the harmonizing, vivifying quality of rhythm commonly referred to as organic form. The workshop seeks to take the mystery out of it by examining it in through the figure.
Stephen Perkins is a figurative sculptor trained and working in the classical method. He has studied with sculptors Walker Hancock, Leslie Posey and Elisabeth Chandler as well as painters Henry Hensche, Deane Keller and Cedric Egeli. Stephen has taught at The New York Academy, The Academy of Art University and the Grand Central Academy and taught workshops at the national and international levels. His awards include the Paul Jennewein Medal, the Bartlett Prize and five academic scholarships from the National Sculpture Society. Stephen maintains a studio in Florida.