Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Modelling Figure 138309/3027/2324/1/05
Study guide

Modelling Figure 1

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Sculpture within Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Sculpture within Fine Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 9 credits
Co-ordinator: Merregaert Nadia
Other teaching staff: Cotteleer Anton
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA1 - The student has the necessary artistic skills to design and/or realize a personal project within the broad spectrum of the visual arts under supervision.
The student is able to start the development of a personal visual language on the basis of observation exercises.
BA2 - The student has the necessary knowledge, skills and insights regarding material, form, action, concepts, function and contents of the chosen medi
 The student can realize a moulage (portrait, torso, life-size figure)
The student can bring a simple moulage (portrait, torso) to a successful conclusion
The student can perform simple moulage techniques.
The student can apply simple technical aspects of modeling.
The student can reproduce fragments (hand, foot, skull, torso) and living model in a constructive way to perception.
BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
The student has a thorough knowledge of historical and contemporary examples of sculpture.
BA5 - When developing his/her personal visual language the students starts from a searching and reflective attitude when developing one's own visual language.
The student can construct in clay a small figure study, based on perception, in a constructively and anatomically correct way.
The student can perform a moulage (of portrait, torso and life-size figure).

Course content

- Students make a moulage in plaster of their own modelled hand or foot, their own modelled portrait and/or their own modelled torso.

- Step by step, the student makes several small figure studies in clay. Through a constructive structure and anatomical research, the student achieves results.

- In the modelling assignments, the student gradually learns to handle clay. For this, the student learns to use the necessary tools.

- Through modelling exercises by observation where the emphasis is on building and construction, the student learns to work by observation. Breaking down and rebuilding the clay works are part of the exercise. In addition to the perception of form through shadow and light, the focus is on conveying contours. Perception and translation of the negative space around the shapes also help students with constructive perception. Students are instructed to correctly use a plumb and compass to transfer shapes from the example, to their modelling work.

- Through drawing exercises, anatomy lessons and observations of the models and human skeleton, the student learns about human anatomy. Through constructive modelling exercises working from the inside out, he or she learns to translate his or her knowledge into 3D.

- Through art history and specific art history classes, the student learns about the arts landscape. During the various practical lessons, visual material and text on both contemporary and historical sculptors are continuously presented and discussed. In addition, students are encouraged to search for images and theoretical material on historical and contemporary sculptors on their own.

Study material (text): Mandatory

Various design materials: all drawing materials, paper/cardboard, maquette, Various execution materials: clay, paper/cardboard etc.

Evaluation (text)

Continuous evaluation using show and check points throughout the year, culminating in a final evaluation at the end of the academic year.