Nature's Geometry: Sculpting the Figure in Planes with Rick Casali.
Sculpt the figure under the guidance of renowned sculptor Rick Casali. Artists will create a 24” standing nude in oil-based plastilina on a wire skeleton armature, working directly from the live model. Each day will feature several demos by Casali explaining the essential knowledge for making life-like figures with sound anatomy. Topics covered: “action” of pose, human proportions, geometric planes, gross anatomy, and the organic rhythms that tie it all together. Recommended for portrait painters, sculptors, wood carvers, students of drawing, and computer animators. All skill levels welcome. $650 plus materials and model's fees.
Rick Casali is a figurative artist based in Maryland. Both an oil painter and sculptor, Rick’s work expresses an appreciation for nature and his love of the figure. “It is the honest study of nature that leads one to beauty,” says Casali. His style embraces classicism, Impressionism, and elements of modern design, aiming to fuse the timeless geometry of the Greeks with a fresh Impressionistic vision of reality. Rick attended the Maryland Institute of College of Art in Baltimore, and then a close apprenticeship with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their farm in Edgewater, MD. It was John Ebersberger who introduced Rick to the Egelis, and Rick credits John for opening his eyes to color and developing a command of drawing the portrait and figure. Casali has also studied extensively with sculptor Stephen Perkins, an expert in human construction and anatomy. Additional mentors include colorist George T. Thurmond and portrait artist Michael Shane Neal.