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Sculpture Workshops

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. To contact our sculpture department, click here and choose "sculpture" on the contact form.

2018 Martha Wallace Pellett Master Sculptor Program Residencies, Workshops, Lectures, and Events

Residencies

February 2-February 23  Winter Sculptor in Residence, Patrick Dougherty 

March 24 - April 7 Spring Sculptor in Residence, Scott Rogers, NSS

September 22 - October 6 Fall Sculptor in Residence, Wesley Wofford, FNSS

Exhibits

January 27 - March 25 Art and the Animal - Society of Animal Artists, Rainey Sculpture Pavilion

April 14 - July 29 Richard McDermott Miiller and his Circle, Rainey Sculpture Pavilion 

August 11 - October 28 National Sculpture Society 85th Annual Awards Exhibition, Rainey Sculpture Pavilion

November 23 - January 1, 2019 Annual Holiday Exhibit, Rainey Sculpture Pavilion

Lectures, Demonstrations, and Events

February 2-23 Installation of stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty, on the green behind the Welcome Center

February 2 Public talk/presentation by Coastal Carolina University Visiting Scholar Dr. Modupe Labode, 2:00pm, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6016

March 10 Huntington "3 - in - 1 Day" Celebration, ticketed event, Atalaya in Huntington Beach State Park

March 23 Public talk/presentation by Coastal Carolina University Visiting Scholar Dr. Bonnie Clark, 2:00pm, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservation, 843-235-6016

March 31 Public talk/presentation by Sculptor in Residence, Scott Rogers, 3:00 pm, in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, call for reservations (843) 235-6016 

April 14 2018 Brookgreen Medal debut and public talk/powerpoint by Alicia Ponzio, 3:30 pm, Welcome Center Conference Room, call for reservations (843) 235-6016

June 22-24  National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Weekend at Brookgreen Gardens with talks, demos, tours, artists, ticketed event, call for reservation, 212-764-5645, ext. 10

July 13 Public walking tour of archaeological site by Dr. David Palmer, 11:00am, meet at field next to zoo entrance, call for reservation, 843-235-6016

July 13 Share Your History on Brookgreen's Birthday, 1;00 - 4;30 pm, Lowcountry Center Auditorium, must call for reservations (843) 235-6012

July 24-27 Open Studio, drop-in to see and learn about the materials, tools, and procedures used by sculptors in creating their work, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (each day), Campbell Center Studio

September 29 Public talk/powerpoint by Sculptor in Residence Wesley Wofford, Lowcountry Auditorium, 3:00 pm, call for reservations (843) 235-6016

Additional lectures and programs are planned that relate to temporary exhibitions in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and other events. Check the website for further information.

Workshops

February 20-24 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.  

March 12-16  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.

March 26-30 The Strength and Beauty of Composition, Balance, and Design with Scott Rogers, NSS, $650 plus materials’ fee.

The class emphasis is on developing strength and beauty in a sculpture by adhering to classic art principles (design, anatomy, unifying geometric shapes, exaggeration, silhouette, negative space, focal points, textures, points of entry, and rhythm)...to make a piece “breathe”.  All levels of students are welcome.  The class includes group discussions on why pieces do or do not work, the use of quick sketches to develop the validity of a concept, building a solid armature, blocking/massing in a new work, and successfully bringing a piece to completion.  I have learned that a sculpture succeeds when based upon a foundation of artistic principles and fails when concern is placed on subject matter and detail.  Just as a composer uses the same piano as millions of others, how he combines the notes makes a masterful work uniquely his…..sculpting is no different.  Here is truth: “You can’t sculpt what you don’t know."  I look forward to sharing my knowledge so that you may enhance your artistic eye. Note: Students will begin new works in class and may also bring a work in progress for development. 

April 16-20 The Portrait in Plaster with Alicia Ponzio, $650 plus materials and model fees.

In this five-day workshop, students will work from a model, modeling a portrait at 3/4 scale in water-based clay. During the second half of the class, they will cast the portrait and create an original plaster cast of their work. We’ll discuss and practice plaster finishing techniques, as well as some basic treatments to add color to the surface and seal the plaster. Teaching methods will include demonstrations, discussions, and individual feedback. The finished piece can easily be shipped home or transported in a vehicle as necessary.

Apr 23-27 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.

April 30-May 4  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. 

May 7-11  Sculpting the Portrait and Figure in Clay with Peter Rubino, $650, plus materials and model fees.

Peter Rubino will lead you on a technical and artistic journey toward understanding the dynamic and creative forces in sculpting both the human portrait and figure in clay. Beginners are welcome.  The first two days will focus on following Peter Rubino’s step-by-step method of blocking in the foundation, developing hair mass, facial plane structure, and exploring dramatic expressions associated with the human head.  Days three, four, and five will concentrate on figure composition.  Students will learn how to “see in the round” to create a dynamic figure in pose using Peter’s principles: “Proportion, Position, and Planes”.  Lessons will also include studies of hands and feet, plus tooling and surface texture techniques.  Students will learn how to prepare their finished clay expressions for firing and how to apply a simple, hand-painted patina.  Peter encourages each student to discover their own personal artistic direction in his positive and upbeat teaching style: “We don't make mistakes, we make adjustments.”

June 18-21 “Bas-Relief: From Clay, to Plaster, to Patinas” with Janice Mauro, FNSS, $550 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. 

June 25-29 Portraiture with Anthony Antonios, FNSS, $650 plus materials and model's fees.

The workshop presents an in-depth exploration of the portrait in clay, including anatomy, form concepts, proportion, structure and design. It will offer a conceptual approach to sculpting the portrait head with an emphasis on each artist’s power of observation.  Individual attention will be given to each student, and there will be daily talks and demos that will include drawing with a focus on the structure and design of the entire head and each feature. The class will include a model.  Students will get a basic foundation in portrait sculpture that gives them the tools necessary for exploring personal expression and further developing their sculpting skills.

August 14-17 Make Your Own Brookgreen Medal with Heidi Wastweet, $550, 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. 

August 27-31  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.  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 a magic. Together, we will develop an eye that uncovers these secrets.

October 2 - 5 Sculpting the Hand from a Life-cast with Wesley Wofford, FNSS, $550, plus materials fee.

This four-day intensive workshop will focus specifically on modeling the human hand. Each participant will life-cast their own or a fellow classmate’s hand to use as reference.  They will build an armature and sculpt an enlarged hand with oil-based clay in the pose of their choice.  Each participant will take home a hydrocal hand life-cast to add to their reference library.  The class focus will be anatomy of the hand and translating direct observation into the clay.  It will include learning modern life-casting techniques and materials with individual attention and hands-on experience for each participant. Teaching methods will include brief lectures and discussions, a guided tour of historic examples within the Brookgreen Collection, as well as armature building and sculpture demonstrations showing a variety of clay modeling techniques. This course is appropriate for beginning or advanced students of sculpture, and each participant will receive instruction based on their specific skill levels. 

Day 1:  Lecture, guided tour, life-casting, armature building

Day 2:  De-mold casts, sculpting demonstration, sculpting

Day 3:  Sculpting

Day 4:  Sculpting

October 15-19 Sculpting Animals: Capturing the Essence with T.D. Kelsey, FNSS, $650 plus materials fee

December 3-6 The Portrait in Relief Sculpture and Patina with Eugene Daub, FNSS, $550 plus materials, with Nights of a Thousand Candles tickets.

The portrait in relief has many advantages to the portrait in the round. Its greatest advantage is that it allows the artist to choose the most interesting or favorable point of view.  Students will work through the process of transferring a photograph or a drawing onto the clay, and building up to high or low relief through the use of superpositions (overlapping forms, as in drawing).  Eugene Daub will demonstrate casting the relief in plaster and will discuss the advantages of working in the negative, which sounds a lot harder than it really is and can be an invaluable tool to create fullness and detail.  Most students produce two reliefs during the week.  What you will learn during this 4-day workshop will set you on a path for many personal and professional portraits in the future.  An additional feature will be a demonstration of Eugene Daub’s personal approach to doing a paint patina on selected samples.  This technique can be done on dry plaster or on fired terra-cotta reliefs.  Students may bring to class a finished plaster or fired terra-cotta relief to patinate, if they wish, since the pieces that are created in the workshop will not be dry enough for this process. 

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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, MasterCard, 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.  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.

Questions?: Robin R. Salmon, VP of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture (843) 235-6012; or Julia Mills, Curatorial Associate, (843) 235-6034 or click here.

 

Recommended Places to Stay

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort (closest)

Hampton Inn Pawleys Island

Hampton Inn Murrells Inlet

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn

Inlet Sports Lodge

Airlines that service Myrtle Beach are - Allegiant Air, Delta, Porter Air, Spirit, United, US Airways and WestJet.
Airlines that service Charleston are - American Eagle, Delta, Jetblue, Southwest, United, and US Airways.

Hours

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please note: For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed in Brookgreen Gardens, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.
Service animals are welcome.

Tickets

Daily General Admission Tickets
Children 3 and under
Free
Children 4-12
$10
Adults 13-64
$18
Seniors 65 & Over
$16

Location

1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

843-235-6000