sculpture program

The  mission of the sculpture program is to teach both perceptual skills and  conceptual ideas. Perceptual skills are acquired through working from  observation utilizing live models, and conceptual ideas about the  construction and design of the human body that can be traced back to the  sculptors of ancient Greece. Our sculpture curriculum is divided into  three major programs and can be completed in 6 trimesters. The sculpture  programs are part-time and take place Monday and Tuesday each week of  the trimester. All students work from a live model on Mondays, and on  technical and conceptual lessons typically without a model on Tuesdays.   

● Intro to Sculpture: Form, Structure and Technique (2 trimesters) 

● Intermediate Sculpture: Anatomy and Architectonic Construction (2 trimesters) 

● Advanced Sculpture: Concept, Design and Artistic Practice (2 trimesters) 



In  the first two trimesters, students will learn fundamental ideas about  the additive process in sculpture.  The program is taught utilizing the  medium of water-based clay. Water-based clay is an accessible and  forgiving medium in which students can execute studies quickly, and  begin learning fundamental concepts about how to communicate with three  dimensional representations of the human figure.  

● Modeling from  Life: Students will begin modeling in clay from a live nude model and  will be introduced to ideas about the underlying architecture of the  skeleton, and how it dictates the exterior topography of the figure.  They will learn basic techniques for the construction of an armature,  and sketching in clay without an armature. 

● Master Copies:  Students will use clay to model copies of plaster casts to hone their  perceptual skills. This will introduce them to how sculptors of the past  have organized and simplified forms to make clear and cohesive works of  art. They will also dissect and diagram two dimensional copies of  various works from art history to learn how other artists have  conceptualized the human form to communicate more effectively.  

●  Mold Making and Casting: Water-based clay is an impermanent material,  and works in this medium are traditionally preserved through either  firing in a kiln, or molding and casting into another material.  Mold  making and casting is a craft in and of itself. A basic understanding of  the process is important regardless of whether or not an artist plans  to utilize this process in their own practice. Students will 

begin  making molds and casting in plaster, but will also have the opportunity  to experience molding with contemporary rubber materials. 

●  Relief: Students will learn the methodology for compressing forms into a  shallow depth to create a relief. This form of sculpture has a rich  history in Western art, and is essentially a compression and distortion  of three dimensional forms, meaning this typically more subtle form of  sculpture carries a high degree of complexity.  


The  second sculpture program introduces the student to advanced ideas about  anatomy, and how to design the human figure with underlying  architectural principles. Looking back to ancient Greece, sculptors  throughout history have observed the natural patterns present in the  human body. Through the study of anatomy, students will learn how to  recognize these patterns and create an architectural system that  utilizes patterns to organize complex forms into a cohesive  representation of the human figure. 

● Écorché: Students will  study human anatomy from the inside out by sculpting a series of  écorchés. The student will first sculpt the human skeleton, and then  build the musculature on top of the skeleton.  A full figure in  reference pose at a small scale will be first, followed by  the more  detailed and intricate areas of the body. Students are encouraged to  keep these écorché studies to use as future reference. 

● Modeling  from Life: Advanced sketching techniques are introduced, and the scale  of the sculptures is increased. As students progress with their  anatomical study, the time spent working with the model is valuable to  start experimenting with their new knowledge and how it applies and  translates into observational sculpture. 

● Proportional Systems:  Throughout history different conventions of proportion have been used  for various aesthetic purposes.  Students will begin learning how these  systems function and how to manipulate them to communicate different  ideas and feelings. 

● Structural Anatomy: Students will explore  architectural conceptions of the bones and soft tissue, and learn how to  use the observable natural patterns found within the human body to  organize the complexities of the figure.  



In  this program students will begin the transition from student into  practicing artist. These final two trimesters encourage the student to  begin utilizing and refining the tools acquired in previous trimesters.  Figurative sculpture is looked at from both a design and communication  perspective. The student is asked 

to begin experimenting with the  manipulation of forms to not only depict the human figure, but also to  communicate ideas or feelings. 

● Modeling From Life: The scale of  sculptures is increased yet again, and the student is pushed to begin  experimenting with how to balance the task of faithfully copying the  model from observation with utilizing architectonic construction  techniques as well as various systems of proportion.  

●  Multi-Figure Composition: Students are asked to begin combining multiple  figures into one composition, and face a whole new set of problems to  solve as they learn how to organize volumes of space and form with  dramatically increased complexity.  

● Working From Imagination  and Other Sources: Utilizing their knowledge of structural anatomy,  students are encouraged to start working without a model to expand their  capabilities and range. Working from imagination and utilizing  secondary sources can provide a freedom to create poses a model could  not hold. 

● Varied Materials and Processes: As students begin to  explore their own visual language, they are encouraged to explore other  media beyond clay and plaster to better suit their own needs. Once the  formal concepts of form and design are understood, an artist must begin  synthesizing their ideas and aesthetic values with their medium of  choice.  


"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art  is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own  creation."

- Auguste Rodin



Brett Harvey

Born in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts, Brett currently  works and resides in Naples, Florida with his wife, artist Lauren  Amalia Redding.  He obtained his Bachelors in Painting  from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. During that time, he studied  at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. His time in  Italy proved transformative, as the artwork he saw there inspired him to  make sculpting his focus. He then obtained his  Masters in Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Anatomy from the New York  Academy of Art in New York City. Brett’s work can be viewed at



The  mission of the sculpture program is to teach both perceptual skills and  conceptual ideas. Perceptual skills are acquired through working from  observation utilizing live models, and conceptual ideas about the  construction and design of the human body that can be traced back to the  sculptors of ancient Greece. 

sculpture program fees

Additional Information

Half Time

2 days a week (6 hours a day)

Mondays and Tuesdays

Tuition fee:

Trimester $2000

Monthly $750

Save $250 by paying the trimester tuition in full 

MIFA provides the opportunity for students to study on a half-time basis. You would follow the same curriculum as the full time students, which would give you the opportunity to achieve similar results, but of course, over a longer period of time. 


1 day a week  (6 hours/day) or 2 half days (3 hours a day)

Mondays - Tuesdays 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 

Tuition fee: 

Trimester $1300 

Monthly $500

Save $200 by paying the trimester tuition in full

MIFA recognizes that it is not always possible for students to enroll in our Full or Half-Time programs. So we have designed a completely new program for those of you who don't have enough time due to work, study or any other reason. This program is perfect for those students who want to start serious drawing and painting training but cannot make a long-term commitment. One day a week!


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Better yet, see us in person!

Despite the fact that sculpture classes are just Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can come to visit us any day!

Miami International Fine Arts

5900 Northwest 74th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33166, United States

(305) 470 0009

Sculpture Class Hours




09:30 am – 04:30 pm




09:30 am – 04:30 pm