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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Feb. 23-27 (Mon-Fri) "Modeling the Horse" with Rod Zullo, $650 plus materials
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.
Mar 2-6 (Mon-Fri) "Sculpting, as only You Can Sculpt" with Simon Kogan, $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.
Apr. 7-9 (Tue-Thu) "Drawing with Clay: Bas-relief Sculpture Techniques for Everyone" with Heidi Wastweet, $450 plus materials
Exploring the common ground between drawing and sculpture, this workshop is for sculptors who want to learn relief technique skills or painters/graphic artists who want to expand their comprehension of depth, mass, and planes. Participants will work from their chosen reference material in oil clay and plaster in either circular or rectangle format. You will learn how working in the negative can make intricate details easier, learn to pinpoint plane changes and use the "stair method" of achieving the illusion of depth, and how to mimic tonal range with light and shadow. No sculpture experience is required but participants must be comfortable with their basic drawing skills.
Apr. 17-21 (Fri-Tue) "Birds in Sculpture" with Sandy Scott, $650 plus materials
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 11-15 (Mon-Fri) "Fundamentals of Sculpting the Human Form" with Sergey Eylanbekov, $650 plus materials and model fee
Students will study and model a human figure from life, using water-based clay. The workshop will be based on classical figure modeling tradition mixed with contemporary approaches to figurative sculpture. The class will focus on composition as an essential tool of expression, development of observational skills, form and its logic, and study of the elements, structure, proportions, and anatomy of the human figure. Students will work on several poses, including seated and reclined figure studies. Modeling demonstrations by the instructor will be an important part of the workshop and special instruction on modeling hands and feet will be provided. A variety of clay modeling techniques necessary for the successful execution of a realistic sculpture will be discussed and demonstrated.
Jun. 15-19 (Mon-Fri) "Portraits with Pizzazz" with Tuck Langland, $650 plus materials and model fee
In this class, the participants will be encouraged to push beyond the usual head on a stick (though that’s fine, too) and to find creative ways of rendering the individual human visage. We will work with clay, and there will be armature materials to move beyond a simple head “peg”, if desired. Occasional slide lectures will show examples from art history.
Jul. 13-17 (Mon-Fri) "Sculpting a Life-size Female Torso" with Peter Rubino, $650 plus materials and model fee
Utilizing a fresh and functional sculptural language Peter Rubino will bring participants on a technical and artistic journey toward understanding the dynamic and creative forces in figurative sculpture. The first three days will focus on developing and finishing a 24 to 30 inch female torso using water-based clay. Day one, participants will learn how to build a clay foundation utilizing an easy to follow, step-by-step method of arranging simple clay block shapes according to the position, proportion, and planes of the model. Once the foundation and movement of the pose are set in clay, students will begin shaping the anatomy and forming their clay figures. Tooling techniques, detail, and surface treatment will be covered on days two and three, bringing the torso to a dramatic completion. Days four and five are dedicated to sculpting a large hand and foot with an option to continue working on the torso. Daily demonstrations, group lessons and personalized attention combined with technical training will give each student a comprehensive and inspiring learning experience. Additionally, Peter Rubino will discuss how to hollow, fire, patina, and mount finished sculptures. He encourages participants to work at their own pace and develop an individual artistic style.
Jul. 22-26 (Wed-Sun) "Modeling the Figure" with Anthony Antonios, $650 plus materials and model fee
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.
Aug. 19-21 (Wed-Fri) "Brookgreen’s Beauty: Plein Air Landscape Painting" with Jef Sturm, $400
This workshop will focus on the beauty that abounds within Brookgreen Gardens using its inherent nature as inspiration for your own personal statements. All painting will be done on location, and an indoor facility is provided in case of inclement weather. There will be individual instruction, demonstrations, and critiques throughout the three days. The emphasis on simplification and organization of nature’s shapes will be studied along with an understanding of the transparencies and color of shadows, warm and cool colors in nature, and how to utilize the opacity of oil paint to create realistic and convincing light in your paintings. Personal attention and group discussion will be provided at the close of each daily session.
Aug. 31-Sep 4 (Mon-Fri) "Medallic Art" with Eugene Daub, $650 plus materials
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.
Step 28-Oct 2 (Mon-Fri) "Problem Solving in Sculpture Design" with Garland Weeks, $650 plus materials and model fee
Garland Weeks provides instruction in design, composition, and significant gesture, working with a model and using examples from the Brookgreen sculpture collection to illustrate these points. During the week, time will be spent viewing and discussing works on site in the sculpture gardens. Each student will create an 18-inch-tall figure using oil-based clay.
Oct. 19-21 (Mon-Wed) Animal Sculpture - Armature Out with T. D. Kelsey, $450 plus materials - The workshop will be very basic, starting with various armature methods and focusing on animal subjects. Students can take the sculpting, the fun part, as far as they want in the three-day period. This is the perfect workshop for a beginner in sculpture or for someone who wants to learn the techniques required to make perfect armatures for different subjects.
Dec 1-5 (Tue-Sat) Classical/Traditional/Decorative Carving with Curtis Whittington, $350 (including materials)
In this hands-on, five-day workshop, students will learn to carve numerous different moldings suitable for use on furniture, mantels, picture frames, mirror frames, etc., plus lettering, and more. The workshop will cover tools, their uses and sharpening, design, layout, and making and transferring patterns. Also, students will learn about various woods. All tools and materials are included. Just bring pencils, a note pad, and a 12” ruler. The workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate carvers. Class size is limited to 10. Curtis Whittington is a long time furniture-maker/carver and will bring more than 40 years of professional experience to share with you. He has taught multiple classes and recently retired to just teach carving. He will bring his own examples of carving and books for you to look through.
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, Master Card, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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, (800) 849-1931, ext. 6012 or (843) 235-6012 or Julia Mills (800) 849-1931, ext 6034 or (843) 235-6034; E-mail, email@example.com
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