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Sculpting & Drawing the Head

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Friday - Sunday
January 26, 27 & 28, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Workshop Description:

Mark Lineweaver will demonstrate sculpting the head from our live model. 

Following the demonstration, you can either:


  • Concentrate on advancing your drawing skills

    • (Bring your own supplies—see recommended list below) 

  • Work on your own sculpture from the model 

    • ($60 sculpting materials fee covers a pre-built armature and 20 lbs of clay)


Sculpting informs the way you work in any other 2D media. Through learning the structure, bony landmarks and soft forms of the head and neck, you expand your understanding and reduce your reliance on focusing on the eyes, nose, and mouth.


For sculptors, if you are interested, at the end of the workshop Mark can:

  • Guide you in preparing your sculpture for firing and instruct where you can have it fired locally if you so desire. (Firing fees not included)

  • Arrange future sessions to learn to cast your sculpture in plaster and finish it with a patina.


DRAWING SUPPLIES (Bring your own)


Any of the following drawing media are recommended:

  • Conte classic drawing pencils (set of six) and a sand block. 

  • Derwent drawing pencils (set of 12 soft colored pencils). 

  • Traditional graphite pencils 

    • (Sets available from many brands such as General’s, Derwent, Faber Castell. Make sure your set includes softer pencils from HB up to 6B, 9B or higher. No H series will be used)

  • Charcoal pencils and a variety of soft and harder charcoal sticks

  • Wolff charcoal/carbon pencil

  • Soft and hard charcoal are recommended only if you have prior experience


Sketchbook: at least 9 x12 or larger

A kneaded eraser


About the Instructors:

Mark Lineweaver is a professional sculptor, and has taught the human head and figure in art for 43 years. Mark taught sculpture, drawing and design for over 25 years at Altos de Chavon, a premiere art school in the Caribbean.

After a formative period in Italy and France, he received his MFA at the New York Academy of Art, where he also taught Sculpting the Head.

Known for his larger-than-life representational work, Mark has installations in the US and the Dominican Republic. His works have been commissioned by Michael Graves, Malcolm Forbes, the Mirabal Sisters Museum, and prominent leaders of the DR. He divides his time between Port St. Lucie and his Blue Mountain Forest Vanilla farm on 50 mountaintop acres in the Dominican Republic. 


Nettie Spiwack is a graduate of NY’s famed High School of Music & Art, and was awarded the St. Gaudens Medal for Outstanding Draughtsmanship, presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She studied figure under Théo Stavropoulos, becoming his teaching assistant at Herbert H. Lehman college after receiving her BFA. Advanced anatomy and figure studies followed with Robert Beverly Hale at NY’s Art Students League, and with Eliot Goldfinger and Randy Melick at the New York Academy of Art. She met sculptor Mark Lineweaver in his course at NYAA and later attended sculpture intensives at his Hoboken, NJ studio.

Nettie concentrates on drawing and mixed media for figure and portrait. She has taught life drawing in the Chicago area and Florida. 

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