Instructor: Laura Frazure
August 13 - 17
Monday - Friday
9am - 12pm
5 Sessions

In this workshop, students will explore skills in modeling and anatomy, each creating their own self-portrait as well as collaborating on a group-based, life-scale figure in the landscape using adobe clay. After focusing on technique with their own armature-based self-portraits, participants will choose the location of the group figure on the grounds of the Art Center and install the prepared armature to create compositions and/or tableaus. Making their own adobe from clay and straw, the students will model figures on site where they will be left to dry and weather as temporary public sculptures. Students learn about proportion, form and anatomical structure of the human body, also adobe making and clay modeling techniques. No prior experience modeling or knowledge of the figure required.

Laura Frazure is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she teaches in the Fine Arts and Core Studies departments. She has most recently been a Visiting Professor of Anatomy and Visiting Artist at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and Tianjin Academy of Fine Art in Tianjin, China. Her sculptural practice focuses on the figure, creating theatrical works modeled directly in microcrystalline wax, beeswax, plaster and also through digital media.

To view more of Laura's work, visit