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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2014 Workshops

February 24-28 – 'Modeling the Horse' with Rod Zullo, NSS, $650 plus material and model fees
Students will spend the week modeling a horse from life and using reference material. Participants will be taught to make a fast, effective armature that will give them the foundation to complete a clay model of a horse during the workshop. Rod Zullo will teach an accurate way of proportioning based on his own method which he has successfully used to create award-winning horse sculptures. Students can expect to complete a clay model during the week. Zullo’s methods, philosophies, and concepts will also be discussed. All students are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

March 3-7 – 'Sculpting, As Only You Can Sculpt' with Simon Kogan, FNSS, $650 plus material and model fees
Each student will learn to trust his own point of view and execute to his own best ability. You will discover your own hidden powers, unravel your capacity, and free yourself for a flight. Sculpting is the language and you will develop a language that is powerful, free, and distinctively your own.

March 12-15 (Wed-Sat) – 'Modeling Hands, Paws, Hooves, and Claws' with Carter Jones, FNSS, $550 plus material and model fees.In any sculpted figure – whether human, animal, or bird – the way the hands, paws, or feet look can convey a tremendous emotional impact. This class is for those who would like to learn how to show a figure when it stands, leaps, runs, or grabs onto something. This knowledge can help you create a more impressive and convincing sculpture. I will show the similarities between human and four-legged beings using simplified anatomical models created just for this class. I will take something that looks complicated and reduce it to its essential parts. Not only will you be able to work from these models to create your own pieces, you will be able to take a model home with you. All levels of students, beginners to advanced, are welcome.

April 7-11 – 'Sculptors’ Boot Camp: Tips of the Trade You Need to Know' with Jim Licaretz, FNSS, $650 plus material fees. There are many technical aspects to sculpture that are never taught such as finding the correct material and tools for a specific application. The concept of this unique workshop is to give participants a way of realizing form using anatomical landmarks, measurements, and overall structural observations and methods to create portraits and figures. A half-life-size portrait and a 1/4-size figure will be modeled in plastilene using these concepts. The emphasis will be on giving participants a system that can be utilized to create any size figure or portrait. Additionally, a day will be devoted to the basics of mold-making and casting, as well as a Powerpoint overview of 3-D modeling programs.

April 17-21 – 'Birds in Sculpture' with Sandy Scott, NSS, $650 plus material and model fees. 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 5-9 – 'Portraiture' with Sergey Eylanbekov, FNSS, $650 plus material and model fees
Students will model a life-size portrait bust, working from a model, in water-based clay. The instructions will combine classical academic tradition with contemporary approaches to portraiture. Students will focus on (1) observational skills imperative for the execution of a portrait; (2) composition as an essential tool of expression in sculpture; and (3) will study structure, proportions, and anatomy of a human head. A variety of modeling techniques necessary for the successful execution of a realistic portrait will be presented. Hands-on demonstration will be performed by the instructor throughout the workshop. Examples of portraiture as well as other works by Sergey Eylanbekov may be seen on his website.

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. A life-sized portrait is a great way to communicate sculpting techniques, providing opportunities to learn methods of observing, establishing structure, gesture, and modeling form. Other topics will include composing the portrait and describing expression.

July 21-25 – 'Modeling Drapery' with Lawrence Noble, $650 plus material and model fees, Campbell Center Studio

September 29 - October 3 "Constructing the Figure" with Daniel Altshuler $650 plus materials and model fees

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”)

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. 6027, or at (843) 235-6027, 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 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.

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.-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 Laura Hunnicutt, (800) 849-1931, ext .6027 or (843) 235-6027; E-mail,

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