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Continuing Education at PAFA

Portrait Sculpture (In-Person)

with Morgan Dummitt


Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn to sculpt a life-size portrait in clay on an armature from direct observation.  Working from models, sculpt the head and neck structure with accuracy based on volume, proportion, and anatomy, developing the portrait from deep geometric structure to surface form. Capture likeness and expression through measuring practices and study of the facial features. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay modeling, and tool usage. This sensitive and immersive practice is excellent for both sculptors and drawing/painting portraitists seeking to inform their work through the exploration of three-dimensional form.  All levels welcome. Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $600 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.  

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Cooper Portrait. 

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 


  • Session 1: Jan 26 - Mar 30th, 2023
    Thu for 10 weeks from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Class is canceled

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

(215) 972-7600

128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

Room: 720

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