Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Modelling Portret 238310/3027/2324/1/39
Study guide

Modelling Portret 2

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 2
    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: 3 credits
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 perform simple moulage techniques.
The student can apply simple technical aspects of modeling.
You can translate the human anatomy into a 3D carrier in a modeling way.
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 perform a moulage (of portrait, torso and life-size figure).
The student can create with clay - from observation - a portrait based on a plaster example in a constructively and anatomically correct way.

Course content

- Through sketches and discussions, the student learns to recognise the skull from the live model. Based on the proportions of the skull, the student learns to make a custom-made construction (armature) in steel that serves as a support for the final clay sculpture. Once the armature is ready, the student can apply the clay step by step and in relation to the anatomy. If necessary, the student repeats the different steps to achieve a quality result.

- After having learned the basics of moulage in plaster in BA1, the student is now taught the moulage of a portrait.

- Through the creation of a folder with a selection of the student's chosen examples of figurative works by different artists, he or she can demonstrate what appeals to him or her. Through small clay sketches and drawings, the student can explore and develop his or her own visual language. The student is given space to experiment with clay according to touch, skin, surface and form (tension). In addition to using their own hands, students learn to use other 'tools' such as hammers, boards, scrapers, putty knives and loomers to work and personalise the clay.

- Through constructive construction and anatomical research, the student achieves results.

- Through drawing exercises, anatomy lessons and observations of models and the 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

-sketches in various types of clay, whether ceramic-treated or not, or via moulage technique.

-sketches in various materials such as cardboard, metal, plaster, paper, assemblage.

- sketches on paper (pencil, charcoal, acrylic,...)

Evaluation (text)

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