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.
Email sculpture@brookgreen.org for more information.

2017 Martha Wallace Pellett Master Sculptor Workshops

Feb 13-17 – Modeling Animals with Rod Zullo, FNSS, $650 plus materials’ fee
Students choose their subjects – horses, dogs, or whatever inspires them. They will be taught how to build a fast, effective armature, and will be encouraged to see their pieces through to the finish. Rod Zullo's philosophy of knowing how to start a piece and to finish it will be emphasized.

Mar 13-17 – Sculpture of the Horse: Understanding the Structure with Kathleen Friedenberg, NSS, $650 plus materials’ fee
The workshop will guide students in building a small equine figure, through a systematic approach, based on anatomical principles. Informal talks on anatomy will give an understanding of basic skeletal and muscular structure as it relates to form and movement. Instruction will progress from the building of an appropriate armature to the development of a complete sculpture in clay. The class is suitable for all skill levels, from complete beginners onward, and all students will receive individual attention.

Apr 3-5 – Constructing the Figure from Imagination with Alicia Ponzio, NSS, $450, plus materials’ and model fee.
The ability to put together a human form from basic building blocks is an extremely important skill for a figurative artist. A great deal of my work is done from imagination and knowledge of the figure. I find that sketching figures from my imagination allows me a greater degree of freedom in choosing poses and experimenting with composition. The understanding of the basic forms of the body is extremely useful when working from life as well – allowing the artist to understand and prioritize visual information more readily. In this class, students will work at an 18-inch scale, constructing a figure in a neutral pose on the first day, and a more active pose on days 2 and 3. Teaching methods will include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and individual feedback. A live model will be used in demos when relevant to the discussion.

April 18-22 – Make Your Own Brookgreen Medal with Heidi Wastweet, $650, plus materials’ fee
A single sided art medal is a bite-size project that can be done in five days. On the first day, Heidi Wastweet will take students around the grounds to take their own reference photos. Then there will be three-and-a-half days of sculpting and a half day of mold-making. For an additional fee of $100 to cover the cost of casting, patina and shipping, she will send your piece to a foundry and ship to you a finished bronze medal. Those who don't want a bronze can take home a plaster cast.

Apr 24-28 – Birds in Sculpture with Sandy Scott, FNSS $650, plus materials fee
The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in figures of birds. Sandy Scott will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. She will discuss the value of lost and found edges, along with the way good composition and an expressive surface convey rhythm, light, and feeling of movement. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from photography, drawings, taxidermy mounts, and videotapes of birds in flight, and will receive instruction in building armatures. Above all, movement, gesture, and anatomy are the focus.

May 15-19 – Go Large - Sculpting the Female Figure with Peter Rubino, $650 plus material and model fees
Utilizing a fresh and functional sculptural language from his book Sculpting the Figure in Clay, Peter Rubino will bring participants on a technical and artistic journey toward understanding the dynamic and creative forces in figurative sculpture. This workshop will focus on creating a 24-to-36-inch reclining female figure using water-based clay.

May 31-Jun 4 – Sculpt, Cast, and Patinate a Bas-Relief with Janice Mauro, FNSS, $650 plus materials fee

Students will be guided through the process of sculpting a small image in low relief (maximum size approximately 9”x12”) using water-based clay and then making a plaster mold of the clay relief in order to create multiple plaster casts of the image.  You can make revisions to each cast to create different versions of your original design.  You will patinate your reliefs using various color finishes, such as dry pigments and other materials, and will learn new techniques and materials to bring your work to life. 

Jun 28 - Jul 2 -Mastering the Art of Relief Sculpture: Portrait Head and Figure with Eugene Daub, FNSS, $650, plus materials fee.

Relief sculpture broadens the capabilities of a sculptor.  The ability to create a relief portrait from one photo alone makes it a valuable asset for any artist. To create a narrative or allegory are two more reasons why it has applications that only exist for relief sculpture. The principles for relief are the same, whether it’s for medallic art (small scale) or a large architectural frieze.  It is by any standard a unique and powerful medium that opens the door for a broad range of sculptural applications and deeper understanding of sculpture and creative composition.

July 10-14 – Animal Sculpture-Anatomy and Motion with Paul Rhymer, $650 plus materials fee

In this workshop, we will discuss and explore basic animal anatomy and how it affects motion and vice versa.  Participants will sculpt an animal of their choice using oil-based clay.  For reference, we will use photos, skeletons, taxidermy, and the sculpture and animals of Brookgreen Gardens.  Through using these tools, participants will gain a better understanding of how anatomy and motion can be used to create a better sculpture.

July 17-21 – Capturing Cats with Roger Martin, FNSS, $650 plus materials fee

Participants will be taught the differences in animal anatomy, poses, characteristics, and how to develop a convincing model.  On the final day of the workshop, a wide variety of mold-making and casting materials will be demonstrated including how to get the look of bronze and other metals in pourable plastic.  The mold-making and casting demonstration will be given by staff from Reynolds Advanced Materials of Charlotte, NC, a division of Smooth-On.

August 7-11 – Modeling the Figure with Anthony Antonios, FNSS, $650, plus materials 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.

Sep 11-15 – Developing the Sculptor’s Eye with Simon Kogan, FNSS, $650, plus materials and model fees
Energy, action, movement, and feeling in sculpture are not a theatrical mask or a symbolic gesture - they are pieces of a deep, hidden secret to be discovered and brought to life. The class will be a focused study in anatomical and figurative sculpture, sculpting from life with the goal of enhancing understanding of structure, composition, and sculpting technique. Students will produce many sculptures, 8” to 14” tall, quick and juicy. Students will discover the connection between clay choice and the mood of the sketch. Transforming a lump of clay into an exciting dynamic form is a magic. Together, we will develop an eye that uncovers these secrets.

Sculpture - Public Program
Oct 1, 3, and 5 - Sculptor in Residence Ken Smith will give a demonstration with commentary at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm.  He will demonstrate various carving techniques while he works and will have extra stone and hand tools available for visitors to experience stone carving themselves. Visitors may come and go throughout each day to see how his work progresses, or they may attend one day only but will still get a good experience about what stone carving entails.  The program is free with regular admission to Brookgreen Gardens and does not require advance reservation.

Oct 14-18 – Working from Life, the Positive Approach to Clay Modeling with Alan LeQuire, NSS, $650, plus materials and model fees. The workshop will concentrate on methods of clay modeling, working from a live model. We will study the anatomy and proportions of the human figure, with the emphasis on developing positive form and beautiful composition.

 November 27-30 – Painting Outside to Inside, Light and Color with Rosie Sandifer, $550

Students may use the medium of their choice. Bring photographs of landscapes that you would like to paint. Rosie Sandifer will be painting demo landscapes with oil as she discusses simplifying values to three and composition to shapes. Students will be painting in the studio after gathering “plein air” sketches outdoors, noting color in very limited values. After discussing painting problems and solutions of values, changes in color and temperature, brushwork, and edges, students will be encouraged to push an idea. The information gathered outside with cameras along with the information in the outdoor sketches will be used to organize painting in the studio. There will be critiques and opportunities for open discussion.  This workshop also includes one ticket per student to Brookgreen Gardens’ award-winning holiday event, “Nights of a Thousand Candles.”  Go to Rosie Sandifer’s website for more information about her award-winning work, www.rosiesandifer.com.   


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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 (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 sculpture@brookgreen.org for additional information. The full class listing is also found at www.brookgreen.org. 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. We prefer to apply the registration fee to a future workshop but, if this is not possible, it will be refunded. 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
All workshops require students to have basic 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.

Daily Schedule
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.-4:00 p.m. on subsequent days, which provides six hours of instruction per day. One hour is allowed for lunch. In order to keep to the schedule, students are encouraged to bring their own bag lunches or to use Brookgreen food service facilities. Refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, water-cooler, and vending machines are located at the Campbell Center.


Robin Salmon, (843) 235-6012 or Julia Mills (843) 235-6034; E-mail, sculpture@brookgreen.org

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