With the establishment of the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Center for American Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens extended its educational reach to a broader audience with workshops in sculpture and drawing under the tutelage of nationally known sculptors throughout the year. Students are attracted by the caliber of the teachers and by the opportunity to learn within the Brookgreen environment.
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June 2-7 – 'Anatomy for Sculptors' with David Klass, FNSS, $750 plus material fee
Participants will learn the anatomy and structure of the human figure by creating an écorché (anatomical figure). Each student will construct a skeleton from plastiline on a specially designed 24” tall armature, and then will add, region by region, the muscles and tendons. This three-dimensional approach to the figure is the most successful method of understanding the complex relationships of the forms of the body. This class offers intensive instruction over a six-day period, providing information that will create a foundation for the beginner and enhance the work of the intermediate to advanced sculptor.
June 9-13 – 'Medallic Art' with Eugene Daub, FNSS, $650 plus material fee
This workshop will cover not only instruction for modeling but for molding and casting of negative and positive plasters. Working in the plaster negative offers the artist the unique opportunity to carve letters and address details that are impossible to execute in the original clay. You will be creating a portrait (human, animal, plant, building) from a photo/digital image of your choice. It is critical to select a photo that has enough visual information, revealing the structure and subtleties of form, to enable the student to recreate it in relief (additional information on this will be provided when you register). Letter-carving will be one of the techniques that will be covered as will how to transfer the drawing to the clay. The format will be an 8” slightly dished basin for the clay relief. It is common practice to model a medallion oversize and then reduce it. Eugene Daub will discuss all of the options for reduction.
June 23-26 (four days) – 'Modeling the Figure' with Anthony Antonios, FNSS, $550 plus material and model fees
The workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of the human form through modeling in water-based clay. Participants will model a half-size figure (choice of standing, sitting, or reclining) on a 30-inch armature working from the same model each day. Each person will receive individual attention, including demonstrations in sculpture and drawing, if needed.
July 14-18 – Portraiture with Alicia Ponzio, $650 plus material and model fees, Campbell Center Studio
In this intensive workshop, Alicia Ponzio will guide students through the process of modeling a life-size portrait in water-based clay, on a wooden armature. The focus will be on describing structure: Alicia will introduce exercises to help students hone their understanding of the prominent forms of the face and head. Other important areas of discussion and demonstration will be individual features, expression, and shape design. For Alicia, the portrait embodies many of the important concepts of her curriculum in teaching figurative sculpture. The skills learned in this class apply readily to sculpting any subject matter. Teaching methods will include demonstration as well as brief lectures, and individual feedback for students. Students will work from life. Join us for this fun, challenging, and exciting week.
July 21-25 – "Sculpting the Torso" with Lawrence Noble, $650 plus material and model fees, Campbell Center Studio. Using the mid-line to establish motion, students in this workshop will produce an armature and a half-life-size female torso. The instruction will focus on creating line, motion, and emotional content. The use and techniques of drapery will also be addressed. Participants will work from life in oil-based clay.
September 29 - October 3 "Constructing the Figure" with Daniel Altshuler $650 plus materials and model fees. The participants will make clay models of a figure from life. During breaks after the model takes the pose, the instructor will critique each participants’ work, explaining fundamental techniques that were used by professional sculptors of the 19th and 20th Centuries to strengthen expressions of their sculpture. These techniques were passed down from Augustus-Saint Gaudens to Victor Holmes and from Henri Chapu and Jean Dampt to Charles Grafly, then to Walker Hancock and Daniel Altshuler. There will also be techniques from Daniel Chester French, passed to Walker Hancock in the 1920s.
October 27-31 – 'Sculpting the Figure through Gesture' with John Sisko, FNSS, $650 plus material and model fees
John Sisko teaches a method for developing sculpture which is based on the idea of gesture – as in gesture drawing. The objective is to introduce a small set of specific strategies for sculpting the figure, then to use these strategies as a framework for continued study. The broad idea is to combine gesture with blocking in a way that allows the student to work quickly while maintaining a structure, and so to open avenues of complex expressions in three-dimensions. Students will work from the figure, focusing primarily on gesture drawing as both a rapid form of drawing and as a component and tool in composition. The class will begin with rapid drawings and build toward more sustained drawings and a half-life-size sculpture. The objective is not to create a beautiful sculpture during the class, but to provide the student with a strategy and a framework that the student can build from. However, it will be possible to have a finished sculpture at the end of the five days. Gesture is also a springboard to abstraction, and the fragmented torso will allow flexibility and interpretation.
December 1-5 –"Gaining Experience in Direct Wax Modeling and Bronze Casting" Greg Wyatt, FNSS, $650 plus material and model fees - students receive a ticket to “Nights of a Thousand Candles.” Students will learn to work in direct wax, creating a small wax model or bas relief and then having it cast in bronze. All students will gain design and pre-production bronze casting experience, and will receive a professionally-produced and patinated small bronze sculpture of their work from Modern Art Foundry. The size limits for the small wax model are 4” high x 2½” wide x 2” deep. The cost of the casting will be paid for by a scholarship from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Academy of Art.
WORKSHOP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Registration and Payment
Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A registration fee of $150 is required upon registration. A student is not on the class list until the fee is paid. After attending one workshop, students may receive a 10% tuition discount for attendance in subsequent workshops during the same year. Students are asked to provide a complete mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address when registering. Using American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card, students may register by telephone, Mondays-Fridays, at (800) 849-1931, ext. 6034, or at (843) 235-6034, and by fax at (843) 235-6003. Checks are to be made payable to Brookgreen Gardens and can be sent to: Brookgreen Gardens, Attn: Sculpture Workshops, PO Box 3368, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Contact email@example.com for additional information. A waiting list is established once a class has filled.
Withdrawals, Cancellations and Refund Policies
Withdrawal from a workshop must be in writing and must be given at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. The registration fee will not be refunded: $50 will be kept to defray administrative costs, and $100 will be applied to a future workshop as partial registration until an additional $50 is paid for full registration. If a student withdraws during a workshop, a pro-rated tuition payment plus any fees for materials or models must be paid. The full registration fee ($150) will be kept if a student does not attend and does not provide a written notice of withdrawal by the deadline. Students will receive a full refund in the event that a workshop must be cancelled by Brookgreen Gardens.
Levels of Skill
Skill levels given in the workshop listings are approximate and are guidelines only. All workshops, including those for beginners, require students to have some familiarity with the subject matter of the class.
Supplies, Books and Additional Fees
A supply list of required materials will be sent approximately one month prior to the start of each workshop. Students may not bring their own clay to the workshop unless the instructor has specified it. If recommended, students are encouraged to obtain books prior to the workshop. Some materials for workshops are provided and some workshops require models, both for additional fees. In the event additional fees are required, they are determined at cost and divided evenly among the students.
Although each sculpture workshop begins and ends at the instructor’s discretion, the schedule is generally 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the first day, and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on subsequent days. One hour is allowed for lunch. Students are encouraged to bring their own bag lunches or to use Brookgreen food service facilities. A refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, water-cooler, and soft-drink vending machines are located at the Campbell Center.
Robin Salmon, (800) 849-1931, ext. 6012 or (843) 235-6012 or Julia Mills (800) 849-1931, ext 6034 or (843) 235-6034; E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
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