Anatomy & Écorché

Since antiquity, anatomy has played an important role in an artist’s education. In classical Greece and Renaissance Italy, investigations of the cadaver were central to an artist’s understanding of the nude. This continued in the nineteenth century, with great anatomists such as Jean Paul Richer teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts.


Écorché sculpture is a visually based, practical 20 – 24 week course (the duration of the course may be extended due to holidays and/or how long it takes to build the armature). Students are taught the bony and muscular shapes that impact the surface of the skin and create form. By sculpting the écorché figure in clay and completing detailed anatomical drawings, they develop a deep appreciation for the geometric construction of the human body. Students can then apply this understanding when they draw the figure from nature or construct it from imagination. This course is excellent for painters, sculptors, illustrators, and digital artists who are passionate for the human form and looking to improve their understanding. It is open to artists of all levels of experience: advanced and beginners are welcome.

CLASS BEGINS October 9, 2023

Instructor: Andrew Ameral

Schedule: Monday nights 6pm – 10pm Lecture / Écorché Sculpture

Tuition: $2,700

Your tuition covers:

  • 83 hours of full instruction
  • the armature and all the necessary hardware (wire, threaded rod, etc.) needed to build it
  • all the clay needed to construct your anatomical figure
  • a number of booklets and handouts with useful illustrations
  • all models fees during class time

Students will need to have their own sculpting tools and anatomy books (a materials and book list will be handed out the first day of class). A sculpting stand will be provided for each student.

In order to maintain a high quality of instruction, the class is kept to a maximum number of 8 students.

To secure a place in this course, a non-refundable deposit ($900) will be required. This amount will be deducted from the total cost of the course ($2700). The remaining amount owed ($1800) is due by September 25.


To register or for more information, please email


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