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Studio Workshop

From Pixel to Portrait: Sculpting the Figure with Digital Tools

Experience a new way to sculpt as you create digital 3-D portraits based on figural sculptures from the Met's collection. Digital animator Jonathan Monaghan demonstrates the steps for creating virtual forms with free photo scanning and digital sculpting tools. Then, visit the galleries to study and "scan" sculptures, learn how to "stitch" the photos together, and adjust the portraits with tools that mimic clay and stone sculpting methods.

Participants must bring their own cameras and laptops. Prior to class, participants should sign up for a 123D Catch account, and download and install the free software program Blender. A limited number of computers will be available by request.

This workshop meets in the Met's galleries and studios. All levels welcome. Space is limited. Purchase tickets below or at the Great Hall box office. Registration ends at noon on the Tuesday before the first day of the course. For more information, email studioprograms@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3961. Please call 212-570-3949 or visit the box office to receive student pricing.

Instructor: Jonathan Monaghan
Jonathan Monaghan is an artist and animator whose animations have been screened at venues such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. Monaghan holds a BFA in computer graphics from the New York Institute of Technology and a MFA from the University of Maryland. In June 2011 Monaghan was artist in residence at MakerBot Industries, and also participated in the Met's 3-D Hackathon in 2012.

Fee: $65 ($45 for students). Fee includes Museum admission and materials.

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