Campbell Center Sculpture Studio
The Power and Beauty of the Female Figure, with Fall Sculptor in Residence Richard Blake, FNSS.
This workshop will stress the governing principles which facilitate sculptors creating a reclining and seated female figure. I will share my insights of the figure, the female anatomy, and the spotting of color to create a dynamic sculptural composition. Students will be encouraged to see and think of the body’s landscape in terms of juxtaposed forms, weights, rhythms, and balance in capturing the character and expression of the model. I’ll demonstrate the punctuation of lights and darks in creating a sculpture or, to quote Rodin: “The Art of the Hole and the Lump.” The class will work from a live model. These sessions will be augmented by illustrated lectures and hands-on demonstrations. Water-based clay will be used to construct an 18-inch female figure. Figure armature will be assembled in class with materials furnished by Brookgreen Gardens. $650 plus materials and model's fees.
Mr. Blake's fall residency at Brookgreen Gardens occurs November 8 - 19, 2021.
Richard Blake’s education in art started when he was nine years old. He enrolled at the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he studied drawing and painting. At the age of fifteen, Blake changed from painting to sculpture and quickly became totally immersed in all facets of sculptural expression. Later he competed and won a full scholarship to the Tyler School of Fine Arts. While a student at Tyler, Blake was awarded the Stewardson Prize by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for his competence in figure modeling. After graduation, he continued his studies independently in Europe and Central America. Currently, Blake resides and works in the scenic Amish countryside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He recently retired from West Chester University where he taught sculpture and life drawing. Blake’s sculptures have been included in over 100 international and national exhibitions and are represented in many private collections and public outdoor commissions. His work has received numerous honors and awards from the nation’s oldest and most venerated art institutions including the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design. He is a Fellow and a past-president of the National Sculpture Society.
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