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Portrait Sculpture

With instructor

Gabriel Castro

Gabriel Castro Sculpture

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Sun. 10am - 1pm

Starting March 5th, 2023!

Course Description

Kline academy is proud to host a portrait sculpture class taught by LCAD and FAA alum, Gabriel Castro.

Students will learn to observe and record the human head in clay using sight sizing and comparative measuring techniques to build a head from profile to fully rendered face, neck and base.

Techniques like the following will be applied:
- Learning how to draw in space
- take notes on the sculpture itself
- and get comfortable with the medium on a basic level in order to form a strong foundation from which to build upon.

This class will teach students how to quickly and efficiently construct a portrait bust in clay with the possibility of casting it in Plaster, Resin or even bronze for those willing.

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Kline Academy will have supplies available for purchase for $110 - $120 USD.

Basic Tool Sculpting kit and Calipers for $60 USD
50 lb WED Clay for $50 - $60 USD.

Please bring your own supplies if you do not wish to purchase them with us.

What You'll Learn

How to apply drawing techniques usually used for drawing on two dimensional surfaces to three dimensional constructs.

A step by step approach to building a clay head, eliminating a constant “build and tear down” approach that may slow or bog down the process.

Basic anatomy of the skull and human head shape to help know what to look for and why.

“Proper” understanding of clay tools, what each shape and material is best used for and how to take advantage of your toolkit.

Learning to edit information: finding creative and stylistic choices to bring a finished bust to the next level.

A breakdown of casting techniques and materials needed.

How to make plaster and Silicone molds

One Day - Pay Per Class
$85.00 USD
4 week course
$280.00 USD
8 week course
$530.00 USD
12 week course
$780.00 USD
18 week course
$1125.00 USD
24 week course
$1440.00 USD

Enrollment Options

Gabriel Castro Sculptor


Gabriel Castro

The Chilean native was born in 1994 to a Graphic Designer and an Advertiser, which laid the foundations for his own passion in arts. In 2009, Gabriel Castro, began his art school career with an interest for concept design and graphic novels in the Visual Arts Department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts,

His interest in Fine Arts peaked there, thanks to history classes taught by art historian, Lori Rusch.

Craving the regal, traditional styles and training, he attended the Laguna College of Art and Design for Drawing + painting with a minor in Sculpture

In 2015, Gabriel made it to the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he was the first LCAD student to attend their Sculpture department as part of a study abroad program. While there, he studied under renowned sculptor Robert Bodem for two trimesters before returning to California to finish his BFA with LCAD. Then returned to Florence for one more year before returning home to Los Angeles.

Currently, he resides in the Valley, showing some of his work with the Dark Art Emporium in Long Beach under the name “Loneschach”.


Kevin Norris

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

The training I've received at Kline Academy has been invaluable in developing my skill as an artist. The academy's flexible course schedule and variety of classes allow me to dictate the pace of instruction to meet my goals, and its highly skilled staff make learning art approachable. Above all, Kline Academy's supportive environment has made it my destination for learning art over the past year.



Additional Information

Sign up by the month/quarter to save!

*Note - Ongoing classes bill from the beginning of the month but you can start your instruction any week!  

*Also be sure to prepay, as this class fills up quickly!

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