In Florence, I would teach Écorché on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This class (along with the Anatomy lecture) I created from scratch. Écorché was limited to only FAA students. I made it into a year long intensive course divided into three parts: 1st trimester (11 weeks), I would focus on the skeleton and the creation of the écorché armature. 2nd and 3rd (both 11 weeks in duration) trimesters, we finish up with the muscles.

I usually only take 12 students but last year I took 15. A good group of people... I find the students who commit themselves to such a time intensive course are usually already passionate and enthusiastic for the subject. You have to be to take a course like this. Also, as an instructor, I got to be able to keep my students motivated and on top of their studies and sculpture. There are times I think I was more like a coach then a teacher. I've been very blessed to have had such great students come through my course.


I'm a real advocate of teaching by demonstration...


I've had to build so many of these sculptures over the years that now I'm able to just sculpt directly on top of the student's work from memory.

The student in this photo is Mr. Edwin Casugas.


Another talented student working away... this is Ms. Sara Webley.


Mr. Michael Devore


Ms. Froydis Aarseth


Mr. Ryan Brown.


Mr. Drew Lantrip

I make sure there are a number of free standing skeletons available for the students to work from. Also, I always tell my students that écorché is 15% what you see and 85% what you know. The sculpture becomes such a wonderful teaching tool because just by looking at a student's sculpture I can immediately tell what part of the body they don't understand and address that weakness. Often times I would have the students put down their sculpting tools and just draw that shape in their sketchbook... a number of times from different points of view. It's always amazing for me to see when they would return the following week and sculpt it again, it's always ten times better.


The student here is Mr. Johnny McGrogen

As aspiring artists, we are all visual creatures and we learn by repetition. I always tell my students that if they want to be better at understanding anatomy, they must draw these forms over and over again... especially for those students in Écorché who are expected to be able to sculpt them. I have often found that the students that have difficulty sculpting a particular part is because they haven’t draw it enough. In the end, they should be able to draw any of these forms from imagination.



The student here is Ms. Hilary Scott.


Mason, my assistant, had commissioned a fellow artist, Mr. Richard Burton, to make this comic page for me as a going away gift.

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