FIGURE – GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov

FIGURE—GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov
September 17–23, 2017

To register: download the registration form here.

We offer two ways to make your deposit and hold your place in the workshop. Online-click here, or by mailing a check with your registration form.

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for FIGURE – GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture, a week-long intensive workshop exploring the sculpted form in clay, the painted surface and development of a personal narrative. At Project Art, in rural Massachusetts, the workshop will combine hands-on active studio with demonstrations, one-on-one instruction from Isupov and illustrated lectures by Isupov and gallerist, Leslie Ferrin. Enjoy optional field trips to area museums, select studios and nearby natural settings.

In the workshop, Isupov will lead students through the techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application with the goal of completing two mid-size sculptures: a figure and a head. Students will use studio space in Project Art, a renovated 19th century Mill on the banks of the Westfield River.

Sergei Isupov lives and works in Cummington, Massachusetts with his wife, Kadri, and daughter, Roosi. Working full-time as an artist, he has a long, international resume with works included in numerous public collections and important exhibitions. His work is featured in multiple books, catalogs, and magazines, and also shared via workshops and lectures at museums, universities and art centers.

Isupov is known for his highly-detailed narrative, ceramic sculptures, which feature completely illustrated- part tattoo, part in-the-round- paintings. Isupov continues to explore opposites as themes in his work. Emotional exchanges between men and women allude to romance, an affair, or simply mystery. Our own imaginations are asked to fill in and finish the narrative using personal associations.

Contact us

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Tuition and Payment

Tuition for this workshop is $950, and the materials fee is $150 that covers the costs of clay, underglazes, glazes, and firings, and selected tools. Students of all levels are welcome. A $250 deposit is due with registration, and the full payment is due by August 15. Please pay by check or money order, payable to Project Art, 54 Main Street in Cummington, MA, 01026. Open to participants age 18 and above.

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are refundable until August 15th, less a $50 administrative fee. After August 15, we do not offer a refund unless we are able to fill your slot with a participant from the waiting list. If we are able to replace you with a participant from the waiting list, a full refund may be issued, less a $50 administrative fee. This workshop will run pending a minimum enrollment.

Housing and Meals

Housing and meals are not provided. They are the responsibility of each student to arrange independently. We keep a list of possible housing options updated at

Location and Dates

Project Art is located at 54 Main Street in Cummington, MA, 01026. The workshop will run daily 9am–6pm beginning 9am on Sunday, September 17, and ending at 6pm on Saturday, September 23. Optional field trips and evening events will include slide lectures at 7pm.


Hartford, CT (airport code BDL) and Albany, NY (airport code ALB) are the two closest regional airports. Cummington is a rural community, and we recommend participants rent a car or drive to us. There is no public transportation in the Cummington area.