Alternate Self: sculpting the figure in wood – W0914-18

Date: Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Santiago Cal

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Learn how to transform an idea into a sculpted wood figure in this comprehensive introductory course. You are guided through the process from idea generation to carving and finishing techniques. We each begin by generating a list of character traits that are then transcribed into a single wooden figure. You learn how to convey persona by using gesture, proportion, texture and symbolism, all resulting in a personalized, meaningful 16″ basswood figure.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn from a variety of carving and finishing technique demonstrations for the creation of a 16″ basswood figure. We learn how to lay out a scale drawing, rough out the figure using wood power tools, carve using chisels and rasps and, finally, discover finishing techniques and display.


The workshop consists of daily demonstrations to guide participants through the entire process. Individualized instruction is a large component of this course because each figure is slightly different. Presentations on the wooden figure in art are also integrated into the course to serve as a resource for inspiration.


Santiago Cal lives and works in Lincoln, Neb., where he is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Nebraska. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Santiago has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2000.


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