Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Sculpting Horses and Cattle from Life at Saguaro Lake Ranch "
October 30 - November 2, 2017
 

For the last thirty years Jason Scull has pursued fine art of the American West. This has included sculpting horses, cattle and characters of this vast region of our country. This workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly from live models with horses and cattle being the subject. Two days will be spent on the horse and two days on the cow. Students are encouraged to arrive as early as possible Sunday afternoon to get acquainted, to go over armature construction and to outline the week. This workshop promises to be a week of understanding cattle and horses in a rural setting and a workshop unlike any other previously attended. The class is strictly limited to twelve participants.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Jason Scull, www.jasonscull.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting Memory Shapes of the Torso with Stephen Perkins"
November 3-6, 2017
 

This sculpture workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on the the memory shapes of the torso by abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes. The forms of the torso are essentially identical on all figures, the uniqueness of each torso comes in the proportions and this will vary from figure to figure within a range. Working from the live model and demonstrations, we'll start with the the larger forms and proceed to the smaller forms, developing a conceptual geometric shape for each. Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Sculpting Memory Shapes of the Arms and Legs with Stephen Perkins"
November 8-11, 2017
 

This sculpture workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. We'll focus on the the memory shapes of the arms and legs by abstracting them into simpler geometry and planes. The forms of the arms and legs are essentially identical on all figures, the uniqueness comes in the proportions and this will vary for each person. Working from the live model and demonstrations, we'll start with the the larger forms and proceed to the smaller forms, developing a conceptual geometric shape for each. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method and currently teaches at his home atelier Florida and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins (stephenperkinsart.net)
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Mysteries of Translucence"
November 10-12, 2017
 

You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017
 

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 11-15, 2017
 

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 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $650 + $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture: This Time with Feeling!"
January 3-7, 2018
 

There are many ways to approach the art of Portraiture: academically, structurally and personally. After many years, the one thing that continues to fascinate and beguile me is the psychological aspect of the portrait. The portrait must have a modicum of anatomical structure to give testament to the real players which are the muscles that typically create an asymmetric expression. It is possible to create a complex expression with a minimal knowledge of anatomy if you know what to look for. This is the goal, learning to see the subtle landmarks that create a psychological context in your portrait and raise it above the realm of likeness alone. This class is for beginners and for professionals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Learn the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong and emotionally engaging the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 12-16, 2018
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement – it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Secrets of Sculpture Realism Revealed!"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Learn how to transform basic geometric forms into realistic-looking sculptures. In this 2-day sculpture workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpting. Kelby will help each student individually create something that’s sure to surpass their expectations - especially if it’s a first attempt at sculpting! Students will learn how to get to the look they want fast, starting with sectioning and shaping basic forms. They will learn how to create true proportional relationships, overcome optical illusions and the best ways to merge forms for sculptural integrity. Lastly, they will learn how to use tools to create smooth details and special effects. Wire, Styrofoam, and Clay will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelby Love
Cost: $200 + $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018
 

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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