February 3-7, 2014
This hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed.
Skeletal and muscular anatomy of the head and neck
Sculpturing of facial features
Principles of expression and aging
Finishing and refinement techniques
Karen T. Taylor is a portrait artist who worked as a forensic artist for 18 years at the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas. She attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of Texas and the Chelsea School of Fine Art in London, where she was also a freelance portrait sculptor for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Her crime-fighting artwork for law enforcement agencies and FOX television's America's Most Wanted has involved a variety of art services to aid in the apprehension and conviction of criminal offenders or promote the identification of unknown deceased persons. Her work has been featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, CNN, Court TV, the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Telemundo and the BBC. Popular CBS drama CSI: created a forensic artist character based on Karen and her artwork and hands have appeared on both the Las Vegas and New York shows. Due to the success of her forensic art, Taylor was named one of the "Texas Women of the Century." She was the first woman to receive the Dondero Award from the International Association for Identification for her "outstanding contribution in the field of scientific identification". A forensic art instructor for over twenty years at the FBI Academy and other law enforcement academies, universities, art and medical schools around the US and Canada, she now also devotes her in-depth knowledge of the human face to training fine artists. Her specialty is highly accurate and expressive portraits in bronze. After decades of depicting bad guys or their victims, Taylor particularly enjoys commemorating in bronze those she calls "The Good Guys". She accepts both forensic art and fine art commissions through her studio, Facial Images in Austin. She is author of Forensic Art and Illustration and the upcoming The Artist's Guide to Understanding the Human Face.
Audience: This workshop benefits both technical and fine artists who deal with the human face in their work and has practical applications in law enforcement, museum, medical, and other environments, including traditional portraiture.
Level: Sculpture experience is beneficial, but not required.
Dates: February 3 - 7, 2014 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily)
Location: Freeman Ranch Multipurpose Educational Facility, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Contact: Sophia Mavroudas at 512-245-1900 or FACTS@txstate.edu for course information and local arrangements.
Tuition: $885.00/person (tuition includes supplies and use of equipment, but not travel or accommodations)
Payment: Space is limited. You can save a spot with a $100 deposit. Full payment of tuition (cash, check, PayPal) is required by January 3, 2014. Send check payable to "FACTS" to Sophia Mavroudas, FACTS, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Textbook: The textbook Forensic Art and Illustration is highly recommended but not required. The book can be purchased at Amazon.com
You may pay the tuition or deposit by credit card by clicking on the PAY BY CREDIT CARD link below and following the instructions. If paying by credit card, please contact Sophia Mavroudas at 512-245-1900 or FACTS@txstate.edu and provide your name, address, agency, phone number and email.