The Master Sculpture Program is supported by a generous gift from Martha Wallace Pellett. Master Sculptor Program Sculptors-in-Residence demonstrate the sculpture process to the visiting public, work on pieces they have in process, give lectures on their work, and teach workshops on a variety of subjects. Since 1999, Master Sculptors have been selected by invitation each year and serve to further advance Brookgreen’s relationship with working sculptors.
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2019 Residencies, Workshops, Lectures, and Events
March 25 - April 7 – Gwen Marcus, FNSS (Spring Sculptor in Residence)
September 21 -October 5 – Bart Walter, FNSS (Fall Sculptor in Residence)
Lectures, Demonstrations, and Events
January 23 – Wreckers, Pirates, and Smugglers: From Salvage to Consumption – lecture by Coastal Carolina University Visiting Scholar Dr. Jamie Goodall, 11:00am, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6034
February 23 – Poster Session with archaeology students of Dr. David Palmer, Coastal Carolina University, 11:00am, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6034
March 6-10 – Curator’s Circle travel program to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, $2,000 (includes admissions, most meals, ground transportation) plus airfare and hotel
March 10 – Huntington “3-in-1 Day” Celebration, ticketed event, Atalaya in Huntington Beach State Park, purchase ticket at state park
March 30 – Lecture by Spring Sculptor in Residence Gwen Marcus, 3:00pm, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6034
April 28 – 2019 Brookgreen Medal debut and public talk/powerpoint by sculptor Janice Mauro, 4:30pm, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6034
July 13 – Share Your History on Brookgreen’s Birthday, 1:00-4:30 pm, Lowcountry Center Auditorium, must call for reservation, 843-235-6012
September 27 – Public talk/powerpoint by Sculptor in Residence Bart Walter, Welcome Center Conference Room, 3:00pm, call for reservation, 843-235-6034
Feb 19-23 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 11-15 Forensic Facial Reconstruction with Roy Paschal, $650 plus materials fee
This workshop is for aspiring crime scene investigators and those interested in art. The course will be taught by Roy Paschal, a well-known forensic artist, retired from the South Carolina State Crime Laboratory. “The class is a good match for a variety of disciplines – those interested in facial anatomy, sculpting, law enforcement investigation, or general interest,” Paschal said. Students will have the method seen on popular crime television dramas at their fingertips as they learn the 3-D technique of facial reconstruction. This process allows a face to be constructed using modeling clay. A skull casting from an actual forensic case will be used for the class. At the conclusion of the course, students will be provided with a photograph of the victim to determine the accuracy of their reconstruction. Law enforcement often uses this technique as a method to identify unknown individuals. Museums have also used this method for historical recreations.
Mar 25-29 Developing a Portrait Sculpture in the Round with Spring Sculptor in Residence Robert Stutler, $650 plus materials and model’s fee
The act of developing a portrait sculpture from life means being able to accurately record your observations while at the same time communicating the essential qualities and spirit of the sitter. In this workshop students will work at a life size scale using water base clay and will be exposed to clay modeling techniques and variety of observational methods that need to be made in order to achieve a convincing portrait sculpture. This workshop includes daily demonstrations from the instructor as well as individual critiques of student work. All skill levels are welcome.
Apr 23-27 Bas-Relief: From Clay, to Plaster, to Patinas with Janice Mauro, FNSS, $650 plus materials fee
Students will be guided through the process of sculpting a Brookgreen landscape in low relief (maximum size approximately 9”x12”) using water-based clay and making a plaster mold of the clay relief in order to create multiple plaster casts of the image. You can then revise 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.
Apr 29-May 3 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 sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking-in birds in flight. Sandy Scott will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. 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, field guides, and videotapes of birds in flight. Above all, armature building, assembling reference for a specific species, aerodynamics, anatomy, and creating art is the focus. Sandy has instructed bird sculpture for over 30 years and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists.
May 6-10 Mold-making with Trish Smith, $650, plus materials fee
Learn the process of making a simple piece mold with a master mold-maker. Bring completed, small sculptures in oil-base clay with no undercuts from which to make a mold. Heads, small animals, or small birds with folded wings are ideal. If you do not have a suitable sculpture to bring, sculptor Sandy Scott will work with you on the first day of the workshop to model an owl or hawk head study. [revise this description]
May 20-24 Sculpting the Large Female Reclining Figure with Peter Rubino, $650, plus materials and model fees
Peter Rubino will lead students on a technical and artistic journey toward understanding the dynamic and creative forces in sculpting a 30-to-36-inch reclining figure in clay. Beginners are welcome. Utilizing Peter's guiding principles (Position, Proportion, Planes) combined with easy to follow step by step instructions, students will learn how to “see in the round” and create dramatic expressions in clay. Lessons will also include studies of hands and feet, plus you will explore various surface texture treatments and tooling techniques. Students will learn how to prepare their finished clay pieces for firing and how to apply a simple, hand-painted patina. Peter’s upbeat and positive teaching approach encourages students to discover their own personal artistic style. He says: “We don't make mistakes, we make adjustments.”
Jun 3-7 Anatomy Studies – Observational Dissection with Wesley Wofford, FNSS, $650 plus materials
This five-day intensive workshop will focus specifically on applying the foundational knowledge of underlying structural anatomy to a live model. Each participant will build various armatures and sculpt multiple studies with oil-based or water-based clay. We will focus on how the topography of the human body changes directly relating to positioning. We will work on isolated portions of the body, study the underlying muscle and bone structures, and translate that knowledge base – paired with direct live model observations – into the clay. Teaching methods will primarily be armature building and sculpture demonstrations showing a variety of clay modeling techniques. The course will also include brief lectures and discussions and a guided tour of historic examples within the Brookgreen Collection. This course is appropriate for beginning or advanced students of sculpture, and each participant will receive instruction based on their specific skill levels.
Jun 24-28 Modeling the Head, Hands and Feet with Dora Natella, FNSS, $650, plus materials and model’s fees
This intensive workshop focuses on creating a portrait from direct observation of a live model, including the study of hands and feet using water-based clay. Dora Natella will demonstrate step by step a series of skills needed to create a more convincing and expressive form. In particular, we will address proportions, balance, and anatomical structures that create or influence surface form. During the first day or two, Dora will provide several sculpture demos in clay. During the last three days, she will assist students and provide individual feedback on their progress. This is a mixed level workshop that is open to students of all levels including beginners.
Aug 12-16 Make Your Own Brookgreen Medal with Heidi Wastweet, NSS, $650, plus materials fee
A single-sided art medal is a bite-size project that can be done in four days. On the first day, Heidi Wastweet will take students around the grounds to take their own reference photos. Then there will be two-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.
Sep 9-13 Developing the Sculptor’s Eye with Simon Kogan, FNSS, $650, plus materials and model’s 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. We will learn how to see more in a model than just a tedious account of features and details. We will uncover hidden emotions in mundane poses and turn them into remarkable, exciting sculpture. We will find whispering movement and turn it into pronounced action. We will see how motion and character are tied to anatomy and structure, and how they define both possibilities and limitations. We will be working with a model, using the material of your choice (oil clay, water clay). 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 magical. Together, we will develop an eye that uncovers these secrets.
Sep 30-Oct 4 Animal Sculpture with Fall Sculptor in Residence Bart Walter, FNSS, $650, plus materials fee
Students will understand the connections between animal anatomy and behavior. They will learn how to create a sense of movement in sculpture and the importance of capturing gesture in figurative sculpture (of animals and people). Lastly, students will learn to observe live animals, and work directly from life.
Oct 21-25 The Portrait and Figure in Relief Sculpture with Eugene Daub, FNSS, $650 plus materials fee
Selecting an appropriate photo to work from is a critical factor in relief. This workshop will help you make the correct selection and will take you through the many ways to approach your subject in relief. You will also learn how to make a mold and a cast of your project. There will be a portrait demonstration and a figure demonstration. If time allows, there also will be a patina demonstration.
Nov 4-8 The Figure in Motion with Susan Wakeen, $650 plus materials fee and model’s fee
Learning to sculpt The Figure in Motion is a journey to understanding how the bending, twisting, or turning of volume and mass gives a sensation of movement, held together by rhythm. In considering the human figure, it is best to first understand how the major masses of the figure interlock with each other. The figure is like a machine and has a mechanical order and structure (Bridgman). Understanding the order and structure, combined with establishing a line of beauty, will help you create a unique sculpture with grace and motion. Each student will be working on his own concepts which will be realized step by step, from pencil to clay. By using the head as a unit of measure, the proper proportions of any age are easily achieved. Knowledge of anatomy will come into play as Susan walks through the major boney landmarks of the skeleton. This workshop is great for beginner students. There will be daily demonstrations and hands on instruction. We will also review how to construct a solid armature. Students are welcome to bring their works in progress for a gentle critique.
December 2 - 5 Portrait Sculpture – Beyond Likeness with Marc Mellon, FNSS, $550 plus materials fee and model’s fee (includes a ticket to Nights of a Thousand Candles)
The four-day class will be structured to advance the portrait skills of both beginners and more advanced modelers. Mellon will discuss and demonstrate lighting and photographing the model, basic armature building, and tools and varieties of surface treatment. He will discuss ways of conceiving the portrait, utilizing proportional ideas, abstraction of mass, and basic facial anatomy. He will also discuss and demonstrate training the eye, finding likeness, and expressing personality through nuance and selective emphasis. Students will be encouraged to keep a photographic record of their process. Reviewing any books on sculpting a portrait and artistic anatomy are encouraged, as are tutorials available online.