Extra Sugar | Sculpting Realistic Faces for Beginners

Do you want to start creating sculpted cakes but feel intimidated & not sure how to get started? Check out this class by Cake and Chocolate Artist Karen Portaleo that is perfect for sweet peeps who are just getting started with sculpting.

In this beginner class, you will learn the the basics of facial sculpting. Karen will spend 4 hours teaching teaching the proper structure and proportion of the human face, as well as how to sculpt the facial features. She will also show you how to create various skin tones in modeling chocolate and with painting techniques. Rather than focusing on one specific character/face, Karen will share skills that will help you to sculpt any human face. This class is open to every level from absolute nervous beginner to professional.

If you want to learn the basics and build your confidence in sculpting, this class is designed just for you!

Class techniques & topics:

  • Proper facial structure,
  • Basic rules and measurements for any size sculpt,
  • Achieving realism,
  • Sculpting facial features,
  • Creating various skin tones,
  • Working with modeling chocolate, and
  • Painting on modeling chocolate (depending on time, this skill may be a demo).

INSTRUCTOR: Karen Portaleo
DATE: SUNDAY, Nov 10, 2019
TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CLASS LENGTH: 4 HOURS
REGISTRATION FEE: $185 + Eventbrite Fees

Learn to create realistic human faces at The Ultimate Sugar Show in Atlanta, GA  on Nov 10, 2019 from 8 AM - 12 PM.

VIP Plus and Professional Experience pass holders who would like to participate in the more advanced Extra Sugar Classes hosted by the industry's top cake and sugar artists have the option to transfer up to 25% of their Core Class credits to credits for use with their Extra Sugar Class registration feeCLICK HERE to transfer your Core Class credits to Extra Sugar Class credits. 



About Karen

Attend the Ultimate Sugar Show and learn how to sculpt realistic looking human faces out of modeling chocolate from Cake Artist Karen Portaleo.Karen Portaleo is a cake and chocolate artist living in Atlanta, GA. Before jumping in to the culinary world, she created props and sets for advertising, with a client list that includes Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Target, Maybelline, and Nestle Chocolate. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, and was represented by Ferrin Gallery, where she was able to show her clay work amongst her idols in the art world.

She grew up in bakeries in south Florida, where her grandfather was a pastry chef. Combining this history with her background in art has been a seamless although unexpected evolution.

She has appeared on Food Network's Cake Challenge 4 times, Halloween Wars and Cake wars, winning all but one, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, as well as designing set pieces for "Sugar Dome" . She has also appeared on her own show, called "Caketastrophe" on Food Network. Her work can be seen in National Geographic's "Strange But True", Wild Art by Phaedon Press, as well as various publications and websites worldwide. Her client list includes Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Usher, Jane Lynch, T-Pain, Demi Moore, Andrew Young, Kasim Reed, Kate's Club, AMC's The Walking Dead, The Cartoon Network, Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, The Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, The Atlanta Opera, Georgia Public Broadcasting, The Center for Puppetry Arts, The W Hotel, and Westin Hotels.

Karen spends much of her time teaching Cake Art internationally, and has taught in more than 23 countries, with new locations added every year. Teaching has become a passion, and she travels quite frequently to give classes, demonstrations, or to make appearances at events.