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Dick Smith
“If I moved to Los Angeles, the first thing I would do is sign up for Jordu Schell’s sculpture class. I’m not kidding. Jordu has an extraordinary talent for creating fantastic faces which have an intrinsic logic and superb modeling that makes them believable. In my opinion, to be great, a make-up, creature, or transformation must make the viewer believe that it could have a life of its own. Jordu is the master of the bizarre made believable.”
-Dick Smith (Exorcist, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver, Amadeus)
Tom Savini
“I tell everyone I meet that Jordu Schell is the finest sculptor, painter, and designer I’ve met.”
-Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Friday the 13th)
Craig Reardon
“After a lifetime of enthusiasm and a great deal of involvement in makeup and related effects myself, I must say I’ve very seldom encountered a person of such comprehensive skill, ability to communicate, intelligence, humor, and individuality as Jordu schell. His grasp of his art and his craft is firm, and his understanding and appreciation of the history of fine and applied art is phenomenal. His special love for and pursuit of the fantastic, the grotesque, the outre, are no secret, and his expression in this area is seemingly inexhaustible, and he always discovers the beauty in the strange and even the disturbing and scary. Consider this an endorsement of his school of sculpture. If there is a better one in the world, GO there! Otherwise, call up Schell Studios.”
-Craig Reardon (Poltergeist, American Werewolf in London, E.T.)
Carlos Huante
“If you want to learn from one of the best creature designers I know and one of the very best creature maquette makers of all time…check out Jordu Schell and his school.”
-Carlos Huante (Men in Black, Hellboy, Eragon)


Our classes offer students a first-hand look at how creatures are created for the film, television, and gaming industries, as well as a thorough hands-on experience designing their own masks, maquettes and illustrations. Ours is the only school specializing in these aspects of conceptualization. Classes are held in a working studio environment–check here often for times and availability.

Jordu has taught around the world, and at some of the most prestigious companies in the industry, including Industrial Light and Magic, Tippett Studio, Blizzard Entertainment, Blur Studio, Millennium Effects, Dreamworks and many more. If you are interested in booking Jordu to teach a seminar at your school/company/institution, please contact us at


Industrial Light and Magic Blizzard Entertainment Dreamworks Blur Studio


Millennium FX Tippett Studio Weta




Maquette Sculpting and Painting Class (currently enrolling)

Once again Jordu Schell is offering a Maquette Sculpting and Painting class. This class will be held at his studio: 21629 Marilla St., Chatsworth, CA 91311. Materials are included!

The sessions will commence Saturdays 10am-5pm, starting January 4 – February 1, 2014

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Seating is limited. First come, first serve, no exceptions.

Cost: $450.00

Jordu will be instruction the following from start to finish:

- Building an armature

- Character Design

- Sculpting

- Painting

- And much more!

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Sculpting a Realistic Silicone Likeness Workshop (not currently enrolling)

For the first time, Jordu is offering a workshop for sculpting a realistic silicone likeness.

This class will be demonstration only! Held at our studio: 21629 Marilla St., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

The workshop will commence December 1, 8, 15, – January 5 & 12, 2013 (All Saturdays). There will be a two week class break for Christmas and New Years on the 22 & 28 of December.

Classes will be from 10AM – 5PM with a 1 hour lunch break.

Seating is limited. First come, first serve, no exceptions.

Cost: $150.00

Jordu will demonstrate the following from start to finish:

- Sculpting

- Skin Coloring

- Silicone Injection

- Eye Setting

- Mold Making

- Painting

-Hair Work


-Creating a Base

-Tips, Tricks and More!

Advanced Full Head Mask Workshop (Not currently enrolling)

Jordu is proud to announce his Advanced Full Head Mask Workshop.

This Class runs Saturdays from 10AM – 5PM with a 1 hour lunch break.

Materials for this class will be provided and have been included in the registration price.

Seating is limited to only 15 students. First come first serve, no exceptions.

Cost. $750.00

- Sculpting full head mask demonstration

- 2 Piece Mold

- Seaming

- Finishing

- Painting

- Basic Hair Work

Creature and Character Design Classes (Not currently enrolling)

This is our most popular class. It runs five weeks and is held at our studio:
21629 Marilla St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The Creature and Character Design Class costs $415 total (including some supplies, the rest of which should run no more than $30 or so). The class covers the following topics:

- Sculpting
- Basic Mold making
- Airbrushing and painting
- Mask Making
- Maquette Building
- Illustration
- Basics of Creature and Character Design



Classes run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every Saturday for five weeks. We will list the dates here when classes are available, and you will be able to enroll through our online store.




If you would like to be informed of upcoming classes, or if you have any questions, contact us: