All exercises are done from observation from the live model,casts, and drapery for the training of the eye to develop the ability to interpret the human figure and compose.
First year students will begin in their first trimester by studying the features of the David, followed by the human skull and classical busts as reparation for portraits from life.
The second trimester will be largely devoted to portraiture, drapery studies and half size figures from a variety of brief poses and models for differing proportions/body types followed with long-term poses.
As students advance, specific iconography will be introduced with the application of drapery to the figure to compose the work in its entirety. Basic relief ‘pseudo-form’ exercises may be given to advance students only following the thorough study of three-dimensional form.
The ‘lavoro individuale’ sessions may be utilized to continue the exercises outlined in the program or for the development of bottega commissions with student participation chosen at the discretion of the instructor. In the third trimester (after Easter), first year students will be expected to pursue a complete half-size figure composition with drapery and advanced second year student may choose to do a full-scale (life-size) composition at the discretion of the instructor. The last week of every trimester will be devoted to making molds of the work to produce a copy in plaster.