The following is a list of sculpture classes offered by Pacific NW Sculpture members. If you are a member and have a skill to share please contact our webmaster George Heath

These listings are provided as a courtesy. Unless otherwise stated the classes listed are not sponsored or subsidized by PNWS. Any liability is the sole reponsibility of the instructor.

Torch Welded Sculpture Classes - Dave Gonzo

Bronze Sculpting Classes - Rip Caswell

Sculpting Classes with Carole Murphy - Carole Murphy

Life Drawing and Figurative Sculpture with Oil based clay - Jill Perry Townsend

Anatomy for Artists - Jill Perry Townsend

Dave Gonzo Steel Sculpture

Torch Welded Sculpture Classes

Have you ever been interested in welding or creating art? Are you looking for the thing that feeds your essence? Sign up for a torch welded sculpture class and learn how to draw in 3-D with fire and metal!

To sign up contact Dave Gonzo directly:
Call: 503-270-9394


The class is for beginners to advanced students for an 8 hour session with a hour lunch break. A non-refundable $30 deposit is required to hold your place with in the class. The deposit can be payed via Paypal to my account at: Or you can mail or bring me a check or cash for the deposit. If you would like a invoice or receipt please let me know and I'll email it to you once I have received the deposit.

Costs for 8 hour class:
-$250.00 for 1 person
-$450.00 for 2 people
-$600.00 for 3 people

Schedule of class:
9am-9:30: Safety orientation of the tools involved.
9:30-10:30: Forming & shaping metal rods using the torch.
10:30-Noon: Practicing torch welding.
Noon-1:00: Lunch
1:00-5:00: Working on small project that's attainable to finish by end of class. (unless you schedule more than one class).

Materials, equipment and tools will be provided except leather work gloves. Must wear non-synthetic clothing (cotton) and closed toed shoes for safety reasons. For arc welding classes you must bring your own welding hood. Arc welding classes will be a one on one situation as I only have one welder at this time.

Please feel free to send me an email or give a call if you have any questions about the class, different welding processes or just are curious about metal sculpture.

Bronze Sculpture Classes with Rip Caswell

Patina Workshop at Firebird Bronze

If you've always wanted to learn how bronzes get their beautiful patinas, this is the class for you. Production manager, and foundry artist, Lonnie Paola will demonstrate a full range of patinas and share highly guarded recipes that have been developed over years of experience. Students will leave with patina recipes and a supply resource list. This workshop will be held at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. Workshop will break for a 1/2 hr. lunch, so bring something if you like. There is a cafe and coffee shop in the neighborhood. Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10-2:30. Cost: $175. Call Caswell Gallery at 503-492-2473 to register. Address: 27534 SE Hwy. 212, Boring, OR,

Sculpture 101

Sculpture 101 at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze Rip Caswell is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring sculptors. Rip will coach and critique your creation from molding the clay to adding the patina. You will begin working in Rip's Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale and finish your piece at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. COMING IN APRIL: For those of you who would like to take Sculpting 101, but are unable to come on weeknights, Rip will be offering a 3 day intensive workshop on two consecutive weekends in April. The class will be the same number of hours and cover the same material, but will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, and April 13, Noon-4:00 p.m. Cost is $495. Click here for more information.
To register, please call Caswell Gallery at 503-492-2473.

Classical Portrait Sculpture I

Classical Portrait Sculpture I will be an in-depth study using a live model. Students will learn all aspects of beginning a portrait sculpture from the sitting, photographing, measuring, "roughing out", to adding the fine details. Rip will share sculpting techniques he has developed over 20 years. Students will be able to take home their life-size clay sculptures. Clay and tools will be provided. Students will have the knowledge to move on to Portrait Sculpture II where they can sculpt their own portrait of choice and cast in bronze. The class takes place at Caswell Gallery. Students will display their sculptures at First Friday, June 7, 5-9PM.

Dates and times: Friday, May 17, 6-9PM; Saturday, May 18, 10AM-4:30PM; Sunday, May 19, Noon-4PM.

Cost: $495. Call the Gallery at 503-492-2473 to register.

Classical Portrait Sculpture II
Classical Sculpture II is designed for the Classical Sculpture I student who would like to sculpt a portrait and complete a finished bronze. Students will choose their own portrait subject and will create sculptures in 1/2 life size under the Rip's guidance and mentorship. Actual sculpting will take place at Caswell Gallery with an open studio arrangement where the student can sculpt in the gallery during open hours. Clay will provided and tools will be available for use while sculpting in the Gallery, although at this level students might want to have their own tools. The class will move to Firebird Bronze in Boring, OR where students will learn firsthand about mold making and casting their bronze using the lost wax method. Dates and times: All students will attend class orientation on Saturday, June 15 at 10AM. Rip will give an overview of the class. Students can stay and sculpt during the day on Saturday. Additional open studio times will be on Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 18,19 and 20. On Mon, June 24, 6:00-8:30: students will start making their mold at Firebird Bronze and finish at home. Thurs, June 27, 6:00-8:30: students will make their mother mold, spue, and pour the wax. Mon, July 1, 6:00-8:30: molds will be gated and dipped. Mon, July 8, students will pour the metal, sandblast and clean the sculpture. Thurs, July 11, 6:00-8:30, students will tool the metal and patina and add the base. Students will display their sculptures at First Friday, August 2, 5-9PM. Cost: $495, plus $50 for materials.
To register call 503-492-2473.

Sculpture Class with Carole Murphy - Carving Autoclaved Aerated Cement

Sculpting with either aerated cement, a recycled paper clay, or mixed media in this Class where the teacher's job is to enable you to bring your vision into form. Classes are kept small enough to make it viable for each student to follow their own direction.

Nurturing the vision in each student, respect is given to the individual processes, while assuring that the capacity in each student is touched upon. Each class holds both beginner and accomplished artists, in a warm, inspiring atmosphere. Some come just to get their creative juices flowing.

When opening to one's creativity, resistance can be pretty powerful. Fear of your creation not being 'good art' is one of the loudest excuses not to create. In this supportive environment, students risk putting their vision into form. Come take a class that offers a path to expand what is personally possible through sculpting. Play with a teacher that will help you find your vision, your gift, as you open to the process. Let your creation stand as a tribute to what you can do. Come play with us.

All tools and materials are supplied and students work from realism to the world of abstract. Three individual classes a week are taught in Murphy's Studio, 4495 SE Aldercrest Road, Milwaukie, 97222.

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To learn more about the classes go to:

4495 SE Aldercrest Road
Milwaukie, Or. 97222
(503) 235-7233


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Life Drawing Sessions with Jill Perry Townsend

Working from a nude model, artists may work in the media of their choosing. We will start with several quick gesture drawings to loosen up and quickly move to 2 long poses that will take the rest of the session. Call or email ahead of time to be assured a spot.

Wednesdays from 5-7PM
$35/ month for 4 consecutive sessions
$15 drop in, space permitting

Sculpture Classes with Jill Perry Townsend

During the next session we will be using oil based clay on an armature and focusing on artistic anatomy. There's a lot to learn about this process, so prepare to be amazed!

Mondays from 4-6PM
4 classes per month
$120 + materials per month

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