SCULPTORS: YOU WILL NEVER SEE
THE SAME WAY AGAIN.


Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced sculptor you can create a new reality which didn’t exist.
This is how sculptors compose.

Perhaps you’ve heard that voice inside that keeps whispering, “It doesn’t have to be this way. You’re capable of painting better and want to learn more...


That inner voice is correct. Your feelings are on point.


You’ve barely scratched the surface of what you can personally achieve, and you know it.

And now, you’re ready to change all that!


✔ Form the correct proportions with ease

✔ Fix your sculptures to have a story with energy

✔ Make light and shadows over the form engage the viewer

✔ Sculpt with purpose and clarity


COME STUDY WITH
SIMON KOGAN
AND BE MENTORED FOR A FULL YEAR

FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR STUDIO

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Enroll

  • Get feedback on your work and regular communication from Simon Kogan, who’s by your figurative side for 365 days. Yes … you have access to Simon's mentoring for an entire year!
  • Absorb the video lessons when it’s convenient for you. It’s true … recorded lessons means no schedule and no set times. Work at your own pace.
  • With each video you can - rewind, pause, freeze the frame and savor each lesson. Full-length sculpting videos that share hands-on information every step of the way? That’s right … you can watch as many times as you want and experience new revelations each time!
  • Simon will help you integrate learning with DOING, and ensure that your time is spent sculpting something you're excited to finish. Knowing what to focus on can eliminate years of unnecessary creative struggle.
  • You'll learn how to follow the steps that bring you results, so you can fear less and create more.

 

And Then 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 Simon is there to help you work through any challenges. He holds nothing back from his students.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

YES, YOU CAN LEARN TO SCULPT LIKE THE MASTERS!

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

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

→ You didn't focus long enough on the preliminary work essential for success

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


Hear's the good news!
With the help of Simon Kogan you'll learn how to sculpt more than you ever thought possible.

ENROLL TODAY IN FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING!
365 DAYS OF COURSE
ACCESS & MENTORING

WITH SIMON KOGAN



Regular communication with Simon.
Get your questions answered with ongoing support in Simon’s private Facebook community, specifically for his students. Imagine - if you can’t quite seem to grasp a concept he’s teaching or your work isn't taking form the way you want it to be, you can post your sculpture & get feedback from Simon so you can see what a renowned artist does to bring your sculpture to a more sophisticated, refined piece of art. For a whole YEAR!

 

Bi-monthly critiques of student work (directly from Simon) that he records and adds into the course.
Everyone benefits from each other this way. There’s many eye-opening tips you can use in your work right away. These critiques keep the course expanding given you more knowledge and growth throughout the year!

 

Simon has 30+ video sculpting lessons in four core modules, beautifully recorded in high-definition with crisp sound, available to you online 24/7 for one full year.
Dive into each one when your schedule allows. Sculpt alongside the videos and rewatch as often as you want. You have a full year to sculpt and have fun with the concepts.

 

NEW content added to the course EVERY month!
In addition to the four core modules, Simon records a NEW video lesson addressing a topic with tips & techniques that you can try in your sculptures. Students mention all the time how much they enjoy these. They keep you inspired to try new things! And ... you’ll also gain instant access to the 8+ previous lessons loaded up since the course first opened.

 

In Simon's private Facebook student-only community: 
You will be able to connect with Simon about questions related to areas of difficulties for whatever you may be working on and want to discuss. This one-on-one time is where he can really fine tune areas of interest for you.

**A note about the Facebook community** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Simon and other students. If you post a sculpture or comment, no one, but the students and Simon in the group will see what you have posted. The general public never sees inside.

Here are some reasons to get super excited about this added feature:
It's a supportive GLOBAL community of artists, all working alongside each other. If you post you'll receive guidance, feedback, and ideas, plus you'll see what other students are asking, so you can learn from their journeys as well!

This kind of support makes a HUGE difference. And we’re betting you just might make some lifelong connections inside the group. The general public never sees your posted sculptures or questions, only Simon and the other students in the course. Be part of each others journey throughout the year!


HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN INSIDE
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING
4 CORE MODULES

 

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

 


 

HEAR FROM SIMON'S STUDENT
"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 9+ 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.

vYou 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 VIDEO LESSON ADDED
EVERY MONTH FROM SIMON

The course keeps expanding throughout the year(s), providing YOU with further tips & techniques you can try in your paintings.

Here's a sneak peek inside this growing library since the course first opened. Gain access to these and many more while your actively enrolled:

- Looking for The Boxes
- Hidden Lights, No Digging
- No Front - No Back
- How To Photograph Your Sculptures

All students love the middle of the month when the NEW video is 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).

Seeing how others evolve their work (and understanding how they tackle their challenges) is incredibly valuable, even if your work isn’t being critiqued!

Plus you’ll have instant access to all of Simon’s previous bi-monthly critiques of student work since the course first opened. There’s many eye-opening tips you can use in your work right away.

Regular feedback from Simon means you'll have the attention and expertise you need to keep advancing your work forward.

PHOTOS TO USE IN THE STUDIO

Inside you will find photo reference packages of Simon’s own hand-selected images - ready for you to work from. You can easily 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 get painting.

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

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

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 world can access some of the most celebrated artists (with incredible teaching ability) 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 access with mentorship is worth thousands,
we’re only asking for one payment of $695 USD.

 

(The best value anywhere for MENTORSHIP with Simon Kogan!)

 

Simon's entire course with all the benefits is open to you when you enroll.

 

You’ll be on a path towards continued growth and success for your sculptures.
Come join Simon today.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Will this course help me even if I don't usually sculpt the figure?

YES. Whether you sculpt freestanding objects - human or otherwise - or in reliefs, Simon’s instruction can be applied across many subjects and mediums. When you understand these elements you can apply them to ANY 3-dimensional object. The path to mastery is through intentional repetition and Simon's course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs. You’ll find inspiration and in-depth how-to’s along with direct feedback and support to enhance your practice.

I struggle with technology... is this course easy to use?

YES. All you need to do is login with your password and click “play”. You can pause, rewind or fast forward in each lesson. Watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone as long as your device is connected to the internet, you’re all set! Our technology is simple and very easy to use!

Is this for beginners or advanced students?

Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced sculptor, Simon’s course is designed for all skill levels to learn. Each module will help you advance your skills quickly as possible regardless of how long you've been sculpting. Simon's a passionate teacher and if you apply yourself you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible.

Are there deadlines or set times to be Online?

NO. You have full access to the course for 365 days and that means you can slow things down and work on your own schedule, spend more time in the video lessons, and sculpt when it is right for you. This year long format allows you to uncover your own unique flow as an artist and see changes.

Will I have support if I need help while sculpting?

YES. If you join Simon's private, student-only Facebook community you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback on your sculpture and connect with Simon and fellow students throughout the year. Simon will help you work through difficulties. This one-on-one time is where he can really fine tune areas of interest for you. You’re also invited to submit work or ask questions during Simon's Bi-Monthly group video critiques. He chooses from among those submitted to support student progress.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

ENROLL NOW AND GET THIS
EXCLUSIVE BONUS
FROM SIMON


- BONUS -
SCULPTING THE PORTRAIT
(VALUE $70)


In this 36-minute never-before-seen video, Simon shares his step-by-step process & techniques for sculpting a human head. You'll see how he begins his thought process, what he looks for & how he quickly sculpts proportions to make a compelling, energized composition.

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

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


HERE'S EVERYTHING INCLUDED ONCE YOU ENROLL:

  • Simon Kogan’s course "Figuratively Speaking" with mentorship and guidance from Simon for 365 days.
  • Plus: BONUS - Sculpting the Portrait Demo Video
  • Plus: A new video lesson EVERY month
  • Plus: In-depth bi-monthly group critiques on paintings
  • Plus: Instant access to ALL past monthly video lessons and bi-monthly Office Hour critiques posted inside the course since the course first opened back in 2018.
  • Plus:  Simon's variety of hand-selected photographic images for you to use
  • Plus: Simon's student-only private Facebook community to connect with him about questions or help with a sculpture. This way he can really fine tune areas of interest for you.

**A note about the Facebook community** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Simon and other students. If you post a sculpture or comment, no one, but the students and Simon in the group will see what you have posted. The general public never sees inside.

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.
This isn’t just a course. It’s a community. And it’s awesome.

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