SCULPTORS: YOU WILL NEVER SEE
THE SAME WAY AGAIN.


Find the language to your experience in a new form and create a new reality which didn’t exist.
Until now.
That is how sculptors compose.

You’re a sculptor. And that means you see form differently from the average person. It also means you create form. But you wonder, how do sculptors who create those jaw-dropping, breathtaking pieces do it?

You want to get better, you try to get better, but you’re pieces just aren’t there yet.

And it’s maddening.

  • Maybe the negative elements - the voids and hollows - weren’t used effectively
  • You’re not communicating that expressive quality you want
  • Your final piece doesn’t evoke any sort of emotional response whatsoever - it’s devoid of story and energy
  • The distribution of light and shade over the forms isn’t working
  • The piece is out of proportion and not believable

And the WHY's always lead to the big how … HOW do I make it better?


You know that watching & listening to a master sculptor in action is the best way to get better - to hear his reasoning and see his approach as he works. But accessing that resource is challenging:

→  Getting to the in-person workshops is a huge investment of time, energy, and money:
Plane tickets, hotel reservations, meals out, packing up all your supplies. {And then, you just have to hope you can see & hear the instructor!}

 

→  Scheduling is problematic:
You have family members to care for, vacations scheduled, and work commitments. {And if you become ill during that time, you lose out!}

 

→  Finding local classes with skilled instruction from accomplished sculptors is impossible:
Just because someone is teaching doesn’t mean he or she is qualified. {There’s a good chance you may be more skilled than the instructor!}

 

→  Discovering a live workshop you want to attend is already full.
With credit card in hand, “SOLD OUT” flashes across your screen. {Better luck next year!}

Or maybe you do go to in-person workshops with instruction from a master sculptor, and you feel full of motivation.

But when you get back to your studio ... you can’t replicate what you saw, your notes aren’t sufficient, and you have no one to ask for help. Argh.


So you have two choices:

One, you can:

Keep on doing what you’re doing, trying to figure it out on your own. {And get cozy with the tedious process of trial and error.}

Maybe you’ll cultivate the advanced skills of the masters someday.

Or ...  

Two, you can:


STUDY WITH A MENTOR SCULPTOR
FOR A FULL YEAR
FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN STUDIO.

WAIT, WHAT? Is that even possible??

Why yes, yes it is.

Picture this:

  • Get feedback on your work and regular communication from a master sculptor (and experienced instructor) who’s by your figurative side for 365 days. Yes … you have access to your mentor for an entire year!
  • Soak in the lessons when it’s convenient for you. It’s true … recorded lessons means no schedule and no set times you need to be in the studio!
  • Zero travel stress - no planes to catch, supplies to pack, or reservations to make. Yay ... none of that hassle to get to a world-famous sculptor!
  • Learn at your own pace - rewind, pause, zoom in and freeze the frame and savor each lesson. That’s right … you can watch as many times as you want and experience new revelations each time!

 

And then imagine how you’ll feel:

  • Proud to display your works and offer them as gifts to friends & families.
  • Excited to enter that juried show or approach a gallery.
  • Elated because you sold your sculpture
  • Thrilled because you achieved (in just weeks or months) what would have taken YEARS to figure out on your own.
  • Inspired and motivated because you know what to do, and your mentor is available to help you work through challenges.
  • More confident in your skills as a sculptor.

You want your piece to capture why you fell in love with that form in the first place - you want to keep that juice and give it life.


HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

LEARN TO SEE & COMPOSE LIKE A MASTER
SO YOUR SCULPTURES BREATHE EMOTION,
MOVEMENT & INVOKE A NEW REALITY

If your sculptures aren’t as powerful as you want them to be
… chances are at least one of these challenges is holding you back:

→ You haven’t mastered how to use strong lines and shapes

→ You haven’t done the preliminary work essential for success

→ You’re focused on the design and not thinking like a composer

→ You haven’t married the expressiveness of form with your subject matter

→ Your linear dimensions, areas, volumes & masses aren’t proportionally related


Sculpting is creating a new form of life.
It’s finding the language to your experience.
When you’re tuned into the flow, you
emerge as the sculptor you want to be.

WE CAN HELP YOU!

INTRODUCING ...
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING
WITH
SIMON KOGAN

A 365-day online course with instruction & mentoring from
acclaimed sculptor Simon Kogan.


→ Whether you’ve been sculpting for 1 year, 7 years, or 19 years ...
→ Whether you sculpt the human form, animal form, or abstract ...
→ Whether you sculpt in clay, metal, or wood...

Simon Kogan’s phenomenal instruction and talent will lift your skills and sculpting sophistication to a new level.

Packed with 8.5 HOURS of instruction in the four core modules, you can watch on any device that has an internet connection. With NEW recorded critiques from Simon Kogan added bi-monthly, you can bring your skills to a deeper level of sophistication:

♦ Achieve the balance between tension & relaxation and create gesturally rich figures

♦ Intimately understand how joints work and how muscles exist in space (as a sculptor needs to know, not as a physician needs to know)

♦ Know when adding details will enhance or detract from your piece

♦ Understand the mechanics of this form at that place & how are they related to each other in space from the sculptural point of view

♦ Capture the element of storytelling - so your viewers can finish unraveling the story

 

ALL OF THIS WITH SIMON KOGAN ...
ONE OF THE WORLD’S RENOWNED SCULPTORS

Unlike workshops that end quickly and abandon you,
Simon provides his expertise and support to you for a FULL YEAR.

AND

Unlike other online instruction sold as is,
you actually get to interact regularly with Simon.

AND

Unlike local classes that often give inadequate instruction from
so-so sculptors, you learn from SIMON KOGAN!


WHEN YOU ENROLL IN
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING,
YOU GET 365 DAYS OF MENTORING
WITH SIMON KOGAN,
INCLUDING:

Regular communication with Simon.
Get your questions answered and ongoing support as you push through challenges … right in Simon’s private Facebook group, specifically for his students.

Imagine - if you can’t quite seem to grasp a concept he’s teaching you can ask Simon for guidance. For a WHOLE YEAR!

 

Bi-monthly critiques of student work (directly from Simon) that he records & adds into the course.
The course is always expanding and providing you even further opportunities to see growth in your work. Your submission may even be selected for critique!

 

30+ lessons in four core modules by Simon Kogan, beautifully recorded in high-definition with crisp sound, available to you online 24/7 for one full year.
Watch when YOU want to and freeze, zoom in, rewind, or rewatch as often as you want. Gain new revelations each time you watch.

 

NEW video lessons added monthly - the course keeps growing!
In addition to the lessons inside the four core modules, Simon records a NEW instructional video and adds it into your course EVERY month!

 

A private Facebook group with Simon for students in this course only.
Simon “chats” with you inside the group and even surprises you with the occasional live visit or pre-recorded video to address questions, provide encouragement, and share techniques.

**A note about the Facebook group:** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Simon and other students.

Here are some reasons to get super excited about this added feature:
You have a community of fellow students to support you in your growth. You can give and receive guidance, feedback, plus share your struggles and triumphs with each other. You get to see what other students are asking, so you can learn from their journeys as well!

And we’re betting you just might make some lifelong connections inside the group.


WHAT’S INSIDE →
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING
WITH SIMON KOGAN

 

Each module includes several video lessons of live demonstrations where you’ll watch Simon in action while he gives you a play-by-play of what he’s doing, and why.

Not only is Simon an accomplished sculptor, he also knows how to teach so YOU can actually learn and improve.  And... all the modules are designed to do exactly that - help you learn and improve - a lot!


MODULE 1 | PREPARATIONS FOR THE BEGINNING

There is much work to be done before you actually get to sculpting. Most folks underestimate how it important these initial steps are. If you “fail” at this stage, your sculpture is destined to fail as well.

SIMON TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Sense the presence of the sculpture in front of you
  • Analyze your photographs & work out your sketches with purpose & intention
  • Observe proportions & perspective
  • Maintain the essence - the flow - the interconnectedness - between photograph, sketch, & sculpture
  • Consider the proper base and set of tools that the particular sculpture commands

 


MODULE 2 | HOW TO SEE THE HIDDEN STRUCTURE IN ANY FIGURE

Here you’ll employ the concept of boxes to locate & shape the figure in space. This module is a visual guide showing you how to see, draw & construct your sculpture.

SIMON TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Manipulate actual, physical 3D boxes & reinterpret the photographic image
  • Feel the placement of the body in the space, instead of thinking about it
  • Use a conceptual abstract approach to the figure - this gives you freedom
  • Discover & make obvious the hidden structure of any figure in any position
  • Assemble boxes or “blocks” of clay with wire to create flexible representations of how the body parts move & sit in relation to each other

MODULE 3 | MECHANICS OF HUMAN ANATOMY

You’ll draw & sculpt models for each body part from the perspective of the 3-dimensional mechanical design. Why we move the way we do will reveal itself to you and bring your sculptures to a new level of sophistication. By close study of the knee, hand, foot, wrist, elbow, shoulder blade, and pelvis joints, you’ll discover form of function.

SIMON TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Understand the mechanics of this form at that place & how are they related to each other in space from the sculptural point of view - you’ll have the intimate knowledge successful sculptors need
  • Look at the body parts as boxes, blocks & cylinders and see how each part goes into each other
  • Grasp the complex relationship between foot & body
  • Work with the effect of weight & pressure and see how the angle of the pressure affects the body part in space
  • Discover the motion and angles each joint is capable of - how far it can open, rotate or move up & down

MODULE 4 | HOW TO SEE WHAT MATTERS

Now that you’ve gone through the first three modules, you have a heightened awareness of how parts move and fit together - form of function - and you’ve gone through the beginning phases to set yourself up for success. You now see how a master sculptor sees. You’ve done the academic prep, now it’s time to sculpt!

SIMON TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Execute armature custom fit for your sculpture
  • Prepare your base just right (essential for success)
  • Consider the qualities of different waxes and clays - like plasticity, viscosity, pliability, texture and more
  • Sculpt the figure you fell in love with in the first place - to keep that juice
  • Get the attitude and movement you want with compositional decisions

 


 

"I am eternally appreciative of your skills…genius... as an artist and a teacher. Your patience was above and beyond… making this an incredible learning tool…I could actually watch you work and listen to your thinking …." LEE

 

"FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING" INCLUDES:

OVER-THE-SHOULDER VIDEO INSTRUCTION

When you enroll, you get immediate access to every module -- there are 4 core modules with over 8.5 hours of pre-recorded HD video demonstrations and lessons to put it into practice

There's no falling behind, no deadlines, and no set times to be at your computer.

You can stop and rewind as often as you wish. You can practice or watch different segments again and again. And we’re betting each time you watch, you’ll get another ‘aha’!

There’s plenty of time to slow down and have fun with the process.

You can learn from your studio or from across the world because it's available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- for one full year on desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is an internet connection.

NEW EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
ADDED MONTHLY FROM SIMON

The course keeps expanding, providing YOU with further opportunities to see growth in your work.

All students love the 16th of the month when the NEW video lessons get added!

BI-MONTHLY OFFICE HOURS WITH SIMON

You’re invited to submit work to Simon for critique or questions. He chooses from among those submitted to support student progress.

He’ll record the critiques and add it into the course (another way the course grows throughout the year). And then, it’s yours to watch until the course ends (at your 365-day mark).

And if Simon selects your work for critique, you can remain anonymous for the recording -- if you wish.

Regular contact with Simon means you’ll receive continuous support & encouragement to keep you focused, inspired, and moving forward.

PHOTOS TO USE IN THE STUDIO

Inside you will find photo reference packages of Simon’s own hand-selected images - ready and staged for you, so you can practice what you've been learning.

Use them as you wish throughout the year. They’re always nice to have on hand when the mood strikes and you just want to sculpt.

You are not required, of course, to use the photos - you’re always welcome to develop your own composition.

ENROLL HERE & GET STARTED!

ABOUT SIMON KOGAN

SIMON KOGAN

Truth, soul, and unpretentious sophistication characterize the work of artist Simon Kogan. Born in Russia, he received 13 years of classical academic training in Moscow, including a MFA as well as an apprenticeship under renowned sculptor Isaac Brodsky.

Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, he has steadily risen to national prominence as a sculptor whose widely acclaimed work - monumental to miniature - reflects a bold, yet poetic pursuit of the archetypal and renders an ethereal quality highly resonant with the viewer. A Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Simon Kogan has long shared his artistic passion through the teaching of sculpture, painting, anatomy and drawing in the U.S. and abroad.

ABOUT TUCSON ART ACADEMY ONLINE
(TAAO)

We are Gábor & Christine Svagrik

Art is our passion and bringing master sculptor instructors right to your own studio is our mission.

We love physical workshops, but they have their limitations.

→They end way too fast.

→ They require travel, extra expenses, and lugging your materials with you.

→ The dates and times often conflict with your availability.

→ If you can’t make sense of your notes or quite remember how the instructor did something, you’re out of luck.

But we know it can be so frustrating and disheartening to work hard at perfecting your art to only be hit with more stumbling blocks.

So we asked ourselves, ”How can we make world-class art instruction available to everyone who wants it?”

And so, our NEW 365 Day Access with Mentoring series was born. Now students around the globe can access some of the most celebrated sculptors available today.

 



We couldn’t be more thrilled to make
celebrated sculptor SIMON KOGAN available to you for a FULL YEAR.

You won’t find Simon's course, "Figuratively Speaking" anywhere else.

Exclusive content available ONLY inside Tucson Art Academy Online.


And while this 365-day course with mentorship is worth thousands,
we’re only asking for one payment of $595 USD.

 

(That comes out to less than $50/month for mentorship
and instruction from Simon Kogan!)

 

It’ll be quite some time before we open up Simon’s course again.
So join Simon and his other students now.

 

Simon’s entire course is open to you when you enroll. 
Begin your studies with this master sculptor today.

YES! I WANT TO ENROLL

❔ QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING❔

Will this course help me even if I don’t do the human figure?

Yes. Whether you sculpt freestanding objects - human or otherwise - or in reliefs, Simon’s instruction can be applied across many subjects and mediums.

I’m not techy … is this course easy to use?

YES. All you need to do is login and click “play”. You can pause, rewind or fast forward in each lesson. As long as your device is connected to the internet, you’re all set!

Is this for beginners or advanced students?

Simon’s class is designed for all skill levels. Sculptors are never done learning, and Simon will be sure to bring every student’s skills up a level or several.

Do I have deadlines to finish modules or turn in assignments during the year?

NO, you have full access for 365 days and that means you can go at your own pace and spend more time in the lessons that are pushing you at the edge of your development.

AND WHEN YOU ENROLL,
SIMON HAS AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS
WAITING FOR YOU!


BONUS
SCULPTING THE PORTRAIT

(VALUE $70)


A start-to-finish portrait demonstration (36 min.)
You’ll see and learn Simon's step-by-step techniques & tips for sculpting a human head. A great addition to this course.

Only students in Figuratively Speaking get this exclusive bonus - it’s not available for purchase anywhere.

It's yours to download and KEEP in your library forever.


THAT MEANS YOU GET:

  • Simon Kogan’s course Figuratively Speaking with mentorship and guidance from Simon for 365 days.
  • Plus: Sculpting the Portrait bonus video to keep
  • Plus: New instructional videos are added into the course EACH month
  • Plus: Recorded critiques are added in bi-monthly

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

SCULPTORS ↔ It’s time to see differently.
When you see better, you sculpt better.

Figuratively Speaking is all yours as soon as you enroll.

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