Capturing Character & Expression: Carving the Human Face with Jeff Phares April 20-24, 2020


$825 tuition + $80 materials

Key Points:
*Sharpening and safety
*Design-facial anatomy and structure
*Tool choice and use
*Creating expression, character and life to you piece
*Staining and finishing

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


Once again it is the honor of MASW to have Jeff back to share his incredible caricature carving skills. This class is geared toward both the beginner and the advanced, although having some experience with carving tools would be advantages. This is not a class on carving defined portraits. Students will be working on a full scale “MASK” style which is basically the front half of a bust and flat on the back and can be hung on the wall or mounted on a base, your choice. The project will be of a human face and chest out of butternut wood, approximately 4” x 8” x 14”. This will be the same image style that Jeff carved in his book Carving The Human Face but your subject is flexible to your design; Native American, mountain man, wood spirit, etc. There will be many short lectures and demonstrations each day to help student keep on pace. Students are asked to bring reference materials that will pertain to the idea of their carving image, which will help Jeff give individuals personal guidance. Also, Jeff requires students to bring their imagination, ideas, notebook for class notes, and of course a sense of humor. The goal of this class is to gain a solid working knowledge of woodcarving, how to develop sound skills that can be applied to your work and most of all, to have fun!