Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov

Schedule 2018:
7 Day Workshop: September 23rd–29th, 2018.
3 Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018.

You can make your deposit online and secure your spot immediately. Use Paypal to send you $50 deposit to  Final payments for Tallinn workshops should be made at the time of arrival.

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for FIGURE – GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture, an intensive workshop exploring the sculpted form in clay, the painted surface and development of a personal narrative. At Project Art, in rural Massachusetts, the workshops and demonstrations combine hands-on active studio time with demonstrations, one-on-one instruction from Isupov and illustrated lectures by Isupov. Enjoy optional field trips to area museums, select studios and nearby natural settings.  Hands-on workshops are limited to 10, demonstration workshops are limited to 20.

In the workshops, Isupov will lead students through the techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application with the goal of completing several figurative sculptures. Students will use studio space in Project Art, a renovated 19th century Mill on the banks of the Westfield River.

The demonstration weekend workshops begin Friday night, with an illustrated lecture and a group dinner (6–9pm), Saturday is a full day (9am–5pm) demonstration and includes lunch. Sunday is a half day of demonstration (9am–12pm).  If desired, participants are invited to schedule a 30 minute portfolio review with Isupov and gallery director, Leslie Ferrin on Sunday on a first come, first serve basis for an additional fee of $50.

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 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

Please email info (at) with any questions or for more information. If you would like a phone call, please email your phone number and preferred time to receive a call.

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Click through images from the 2017 workshop!

Tuition and Payment

Tuition for the weekend demonstration workshop  is $350, includes some meals.

Tuition for the 7 day hands-on workshop is $950

A $50 deposit is due with registration, and the full payment is due the date on your registration form. Please pay by paypal, or check or money order payable to Project Art, 54 Main Street in Cummington, MA, 01026. Open to participants age 18 and above, and students of all experience levels are welcome.

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are refundable until the date noted on your registration form, less a $50 administrative fee. After that date, 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. It is the responsibility of each student to arrange housing and meals 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. The workshop begins at 9am on the first day listed, and ends at 6pm on the last day listed. The registration form will list the exact start date/time and end date/time. Optional field trips and evening events may 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.  With advance notice, pick up and drop off to the airport can be arranged.