August | Five Day | Intensive Figure Sculpture in Clay Masterclass | Jason Arkles


August | Five Day | Intensive Figure Sculpture in Clay Masterclass | Jason Arkles

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Saturday 10th - Wednesday 14th August, 2019

10am -5pm

Full payment €645.00

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About this Five Day Workshop

This is a phenomenal opportunity to sculpt under the guidance of a professional, experienced and talented individual who is considered exceptional by his peers. In addition to teaching out of his studio in Florence, Italy, Jason Arkles, (Host of The Sculptor's Funeral Podcast) gives workshops internationally, at various times throughout the year. We were delighted to collaborate with Jason’s fellow figure sculptor, Irish-based Clovis Roux, to facilitate this fabulous workshop.

Class size is limited and early booking is recommended.

Below is an outline of what we would hope you will achieve through Jason’s close guidance.

This five day figure sculpting workshop would see the artist create 40% life size figures sculpted in Clay using the sight -size method. Approximate size of finished sculpture to be 35 x 35 x 40cm. Artists would work off the nude female model, in a seated pose. Participants will learn to build large figure sculpture without using the armatures in water based clay, so that the sculpture can be fired at completion.

The instructor, will work alongside students for the full duration of the workshop, providing technique demonstrations and skill practices. This intense masterclass will run over five days, beginning at 10am and finishing at 5pm daily, with one hour for lunch.

Meet Jason


Jason Louis Arkles was born in Washington, DC, one of five children of a woodworker and a quilter. In 1996, he traveled to Florence, Italy, where he met Charles Cecil, an accomplished portrait and landscape painter who heads a small, private atelier in Florence's oldest working artist's studio. Mr. Cecil hired Jason to assist in the construction and outfitting of a new studio for sculpture, a medium not previously offered to the pupils at the atelier. From January 1997 until 2006, Jason was department head and principle instructor of the Sculpture Room at Charles Cecil Studios.

Jason's initial task at Charles Cecil Studio was to transpose a visual technique for drawing and painting from life, known as sight-size, into a curriculum for three-dimensional work. In effect, the sculpture department at Charles H. Cecil Studios was an experiment in regaining a nearly lost sculptural tradition; Jason recorded the sight-size sculpture method in his first book, Modeling From Life, in 2006.

In June of 2000, the National Sculpture Society awarded him the George Gach Prize, for his entry in the National Sculpture Competition, and the Gloria Medal for his 'meritorious body of work'. Since then Jason has taken part in national and international exhibitions In Europe and the United States, has completed several large works for clients such as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the United States Army, and is represented in private collections around the world. He rarely exhibits and declines gallery representation.

His teaching atelier, Studio Della Statua, opened in 2010 in Florence, where he passes on the traditions of figurative sculpture to a small number of private students. Jason continues his own education- notably in 2010 by way of a Master's degree in Sacred Arts from a pontifical academy in Rome. In addition to publishing a translation into English of Leon Battista Alberti's Della Statua (whence he derives the name of his atelier), Jason lectures for the History of Art Department of the British Institute of Florence, and gives occasional lectures at several other Florentine studios. Jason is also the host of the popular podcast on figurative sculpture, The Sculptor's Funeral.

Even with his essentially 19th century training and taste, Jason has no desire to 'turn back the clock' and ignore or discredit many of the intellectual and formal developments in art of the past century. He firmly believes that the art of the twenty-first century will be a continuation of the theoretical and psychological progress of Modern art, synthesized with a much-needed return to Nature as the source of stimulus and motive in creative work.




3-4 No. small wooden tools of various sizes, as can be bought from any hobby shop for clay modelling, one or two ‘wire’ or ‘loop’ tools (for sculpting by taking away or hollowing out), a wire with small with “hold-on-handles” (to cut large pieces of clay), a flexible metal kidney ( a scraper), a clay knife or cutter of some sort, a natural sponge, a bristle brush, and of course, a spray bottle to keep things moist. Finally, a pair of callipers used for taking measurements - a pair about eight inches long should do.

Clay and supporting podiums will be supplied by the Schoolhouse for Art.

The Schoolhouse for Art cannot facilitate the firing of sculptures after the course, however there are a number of studios which offer kiln hire at a very reasonable rate - please get in touch with us for recommendations.

Meet Clovis

Clovis has played an integral role in facilitating Jason’s world-class workshop at the Schoolhouse. Clovis is a figure sculptor in clay, stone, wood and bronze of Huguenot descent he grew up in sub-Saharan Africa where his family set up some of the first wine farms in the region. Since early childhood, he was exposed to natural clays, stone and wood, traditionally used to make children’s animal toys in Africa. As a young boy, he made small clay figurines, overtime graduating to relief sculpture in wood and figure's sculpture in clay and stone and in recent years in Irish Blue Limestone and bronze. His fraternal grandmother was an art teacher and a still life oil painter, and his maternal grandmother worked in relief sculpture in wood both from whom he acquired art and sculpting skills from a young age.

He settled in Ireland in the South East and Midlands Stradbally and Carlow area in 2001, working in the shadow of the Brownshill’s Dolmen and Dunmaise Castle, and close to the source of the Irish Blue limestone at Three Castles Quarry and McKeown’s Stone factory.

He has an honour's degree in Spatial Design, B.Art et Scientia and won the sculpture category of the North West University’s Fine Arts Competition in his final year, and trained at different private ateliers and most recently assisting with a large granite landscape sculpture of Irish Sculptor, Eileen McDonnagh.

In his sculpture, he seeks a balance of the human form in aesthetics, emotion and interaction with the physical world, to give a glimpse of persona through posture, situation, space and interaction with utilitarian objects.

If you would like to contact Clovis directly, regarding his work and practice, please email