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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764158430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764158438
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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This practical guidebook teaches everything you need to know in order to start sculpting. Step-by-step photographs guide you through each sculpting process from start to finish.

Develop your skills with a range of materials, including clay, plaster, and wood. Progressive projects teach a broad range of skills, from modeling, carving, building armatures, and mold making to firing and finishing techniques.
Once you’ve mastered the core techniques for clay modeling, modling and casting, direct building, and carving, each project will teach you a new skill. You can explore your creativity and build your confidence as you go along.

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This book allows the absolute beginner to start sculpting with confidence. In addition to teaching the necessary practical skills, it also instructs the readers to use materials creatively, encouraging their own sense of shape and form. Sculpture includes a wide range of methods, and all of the basic techniques are clearly explained: clay modeling, firing, molding, direct building, and carving. At the beginning of each section there is instruction in the core techniques, and the inspirational projects allow you to explore your creativity and put your new-found skills into practice. The projects explore a wide range of sculptural forms and themes; you can create a traditional figure, a symbolic composition, or an abstract relief based on the landscape.

Packed with full-color photography and instructional diagrams, useful tips, and important health and safety information, Sculpting Basics has everything you need to know to become a skilled sculptor. It is an invaluable resource for beginners and a handy reference for more experienced sculptors.

About the Author

Karin Hessenberg has exhibited widely in her native England and other countries, and her work is in the collections of several museums. She is the author of previously published books on ceramics and on sawdust firing, and has taught her art at various colleges in Britain. Karin lives and works in the north of England.

Customer Reviews

If you want easy projects to make for students I think this book has great ideas.
Bob K.
It's a great book and I recommend purchasing (as I did) for your own library if there is ANY kind of sculpture you want to explore.
lovewood
Even though I have a fairly good amount of experience, I still found this book very helpful and interesting.
silky69

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By art instructor on September 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I teach intro to Sculpture at a CA university and I am really impressed with the basic info in the book. I have recommended it to my students. It covers a wide range of materials and processes. Most do not require kiln firing which makes it easier for the majority of beginners that do not have access to a kiln.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Schotland on October 29, 2010
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This is the perfect beginner book. It details all kinds of designs and scupting methods and gives just the right information and step by step photographs on how to carve each project. I have built 2 of the projects already and they look just fine. I recommended this book to anyone starting out. I bought it and now I'm on my 3rd project.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lovewood on January 25, 2009
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I borrowed this book from the library and discovered that this ONE book has all the information I need to get started! It's a great book and I recommend purchasing (as I did) for your own library if there is ANY kind of sculpture you want to explore. This book will get you started with easy to understand instructions and great step-by-step pictures.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Belinda Meyer on February 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is my first sculpting book and I love it. The lessons are easy to follow. The book is divided into sections: clay modelling, working with plaster, direct building and carving. Karen Hessenberg teaches you the skills to create a range of projects (a total of 14 projects). You develop your skills from basic to intermediate using a range of materials, including clay, plaster of Paris and wood. This step-by-step illustrated book is perfect for the beginner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob K. on February 9, 2007
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This book has project for all levels of skill. If you want easy projects to make for students I think this book has great ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By silky69 on February 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've done quite a bit of sculpting during my life so far with a variety of different materials, but primarily clay and a concrete mixture. This book covers a lot of ground on the basics of sculpting. Even though I have a fairly good amount of experience, I still found this book very helpful and interesting.

The book covers a large variety of scultping media and techniques including mold making, armature making, woodcarving basics for a face, relief work, clay modeling, joining techniques with clay, hollow modeling, modeling a male head on a balloon armature (including the basics of facial features and hair, making a waste mold, making a reusable mold, working with plaster.. etc..

Basically, this book will introduce you to a large and interesting variety of different techniques to design an armature, use an armature, sculpt in various media, use a variety of mold techniques and materials, and be introduced to various finishing techniques. Even though I am familiar with quite a lot of sculpting techniques, I still had things to learn from this book and I found it very interesting and exciting.

It is a very well designed book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more sculpting and molding techniques or for someone who is a novice.
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