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Figure Modeling – June 2019

275.00 IVA included

Course Details

Instructor: Roberto Mannino
Dates: June 3 – 20, 2019
Day & Time: Monday / Thursday 4 – 7 PM
Language: Bilingual (English + Italian)

Minimum Enrollment: 6 students
Maximum Enrollment: 15 students
Enrollment Deadline: Monday, May 27 at 23:59

Enrollment Policy
The class is not confirmed until after the enrollment deadline. If minimum enrollment is not reached by 23:59 on the enrollment deadline, the class will instead be canceled and all registrants will be notified by e-mail. Your credit card will not be charged unless the class is confirmed (though we will issue a pre-authorization at the moment of registration).


Figure Modeling

This hands-on course will focus on direct figure modeling in clay and plasticine from a nude life model. Poses will last two sessions each, and students will progressively sculpt more complex poses, including reclined, seated, and standing. Students will learn to create correct posture by organizing body mass and distributing volumes in three-dimensional space. Fundamentals of additive techniques will alternate with anatomical studies that lead to a better understanding of how layers of flesh and muscle are inserted over skeletal understructure.

The final project will be a full-scale pose in plasticine over an alloy wire armature. Methods of surface rendering to complete the sculptures will be introduced. Individual interest for head portraiture or anatomical fragments in place of the full size figure will be accepted. Group and individual instruction will be offered in both Italian and English.

While no prior sculpture experience is required for this course, a minimum background in visual arts is expected.

All materials are included in the course fee.

About the Instructor

Roberto Mannino is an Italian-American artist and educator based in Rome, Italy. Holding a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (1980) and an Italian Fine Art Degree in Sculpture (1990), his artistic research focuses on Contemporary Papermaking, Sculpture, Installation, Printmaking and Book Arts. Mannino describes his work as process-oriented, with a sculptural attitude focused on the interaction between paper-maker and the physical matter’s intrinsic, organic phenomena.

Having previously taught workshops at universities throughout the United States, Mannino currently teaches at Temple University Rome, Loyola University Rome and Arti e Mestieri Rome Municipal School.



STREAMS – Permanent Installation, Sala Dante, National Cabinet of Prints and Papers, Trevi Fountain, Rome, 2013
Holland Papier Biennale – Museum Rijswick, Le Hague, The Netherlands, 2004
Lavori in Corso, 5th edition, MACRO Rome, 1998
XII Quadriennial, Expo Palace, Rome 1996.