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Brad Taggart

Portrait Sculpture

There is no need to be afraid of the third dimension. In this class you will discover that if you can draw, you can learn to sculpt. Portrait sculpture is very challenging, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Come join us for an exciting week of immersion into the art of sculpting, and discover the joy of playing in the mud. In this course we will engage in a comprehensive discussion of portrait sculpture from ancient through contemporary times. We will learn various modeling techniques, and armature and tool construction options. We will use direct measurement, as well as angle, size, and position relationships to aid in capturing a likeness in any scale. We will work with a live model as well as photographic documentation to achieve the final piece. Clay and armature materials will be provided. There will be a variety of sculpting tools available for use, but you may bring your own tools if you have them. There will also be hardwood available, if you would like to create your own custom-made tools.

Brad Taggart


Brad Taggart loves all things sculpture, but at his core he is a portrait and figure sculptor. He received his MFA in sculpture from Brigham Young University. Brad is a commissioned artist with works in several public and private collections. His most recent public work is a commission for the Salina, Utah, Veterans Memorial. Brad lives in Sanpete County, Utah with his wife and four sons. He is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Snow College.

Facebook: @BradleyLeonardTaggart