Sculpting the Figure Utilizing the Sight Size Method with Jason Arkles.
“Sight Size” is a technique designed to develop the eye of the artist into a powerful, objective measuring tool. Its origins date back to the early Renaissance. The method became a popular technique in the Parisian studios of the 19th Century, known generally as “the French Method”. Utilizing a plumbline, mirror, and simple optical and geometric principles (no math involved!), an artist has little need for compasses and caliper measurements, ruler measurements, or compositional canons like drawing a center line down the torso, or dividing the face into three equal parts to locate features. The result for the artist is an improved visual memory, and an instinct towards seeing the “big look” of a composition leading to a personal, non-formulaic style in art. Once the method is mastered, a student can effectively model in clay a copy of anything they see in nature around them.
Jason Arkles is an American sculptor, art historian, podcaster, and author living in Florence, Italy. Brookgreen is very fortunate to host one of his workshops and therefore, this class will fill up quickly. Arkles began his training in 1996 at the Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, where he would eventually head the experimental sculpture program initiated by Cecil, which sought to revive the Sight Size method employed by 19th century sculptors in Paris. Arkles operates a studio in Florence, Italy and works on private commissions, specializing in portraiture in marble, but also figures and monuments in various media. In 2010, Arkles received a Master’s Degree in Sacred Art and Architecture from Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, a degree program instituted by the Vatican under Pontifical authority. Arkles teaches and lectures around the world, and has held a position with the History of Art Department at the British Institute of Florence since 2014. In 2015 he created a successful podcast called The Sculptor's Funeral which has attained a global audience discussing and promoting all things relevant to figurative sculpture.