Sculpture & Glassblowing

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced artist, the Sculpture Workshops will take you on an exciting journey of discovery in a variety of media. Learn technique, process, tools and methods in the practical and creative aspects of three-dimensional art.

Courses

Found Object Sculpture: Finding the Soul of Lost Materials

Geoffrey Gorman

June 11-15
One-week session

Challenge yourself to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring your ideas in to explore. Using unusual techniques developed by Geoffrey to overcome construction challenges, you will complete a variety of forms, something you genuinely want to create. Play with ideas already in your thoughts by bringing your own favorite cast off materials. Learn to carve and shape materials including foam, wood and other pliable materials. Using a variety of hand tools, you will discover how you might use bike tires and inner tubes, lead, sticks, old tin and reclaimed material to turn your visions into reality. You should be comfortable using basic hand and power tools such as drills, band saws, and sanders. Perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students eager to break out of the familiar and comfortable.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $30, includes carving foam, additional foam available for on-site purchase. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Geoffrey Gorman has been leading workshops, hosting panel discussions, and giving presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty five years. Geoffrey currently is a practicing artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He shows his work around the United States and has also exhibited in China and South Korea. Over the last several years his unique sculptures have been written about in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. www.geoffreygorman.com

Introduction to Glassblowing

Robert “Spooner” Marcus

June 11–16
Six-day session

Explore the fundamentals of working with hot glass, guided by a seasoned glass artist. Get familiar with holding and using the equipment and tools required to create glass art. Then begin creating your own work, beginning with solid pieces such as flowers, mushrooms, and paperweights, before advancing to blow simple vessels. Using colored glass, you will experiment with gathering and shaping hot glass into a variety of forms. Although the goal is to blow glass, advancement will depend on how quickly you become proficient at working the glass. Returning students can explore more advanced techniques. The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on, close instruction. At times, the temperature in a hot shop can exceed 120⁰F. Drink plenty of water! Your pieces made on Friday will be ready to unload from the kiln at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Skill Level: All levels, no glassblowing experience required. Safety requires that students are able to stay focused for long stretches of time, and have good eyesight (corrective lenses fine).

Tuition: $965

Lab fee: $75, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies, propane; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 4 students

Robert “Spooner” Marcus is a glass artist from Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). When he was just out of high school, he began working as a production glass worker which led to his future as a glass artist. He trained at Taos Glass Arts and had the opportunity to work with other renowned Native American glass artists. He currently works at Prairie Dog Glass in Santa Fe where he works in production, custom, and art glass. His work includes blown and sand carved vessels, sand castings, sculpted figures and fused glass.

3D Encaustic Exploration and Mold-making

Holly Wilson

June 26-30
One-week session

Learn to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane. Come to the workshop with your own variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, clay, plaster, fiber, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto for way too many years. Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will start by making your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Learn fusing, transparency, glazes, layering, building up texture, line techniques, carving, image transfer, encaustic safety, and mold application. Create your own silicon molds using a brushable silicon material, and then learn how to cast wax and a quick setting liquid plastic. Explore new uses for encaustic, a wax-based paint, composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette then applied to an absorbent surface. Returning students may work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $120, includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, Rebound 25 Brushable, Smooth-Cast 300 Fast-setting bright white low viscosity liquid plastic, use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, two metal tools. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 8 students

Holly Wilson is an Oklahoma-based sculptor. She earned her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Holly is a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artist. She has exhibited her intimate bronze sculptures and her mixed media encaustic relief sculptures nationally. Holly’s figures draw from real life and legends of her Delaware and Cherokee background. www.hollywilson.com

Small Scale Bronze Casting

Holly Wilson

July 3–7
One-week session

Designed for anyone who aspires to cast small-scale bronze sculptures or create wearable bronze art. You will learn the process of “lost wax” casting, and bronze finishing techniques. Your instruction will include an introduction to the materials, methods, and safety measures of bronze casting, as well as how to construct your own small-scale foundry furnace in your own studio. Expect to produce and finish one small bronze work, weighing less than 4 pounds. Learn about an electric table-top caster and the silicone mold-making process. Returning students may work on advanced projects. You must attend all required instructional sessions in order to understand and follow all safety guidelines.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $130, includes bronze 6lb, microcrystalline wax, investment, sheet metal flashing, duct tape, sprue wax, shared use of: patinas and sealing wax, silicon mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shaft dremels, grinders or files, wax carving tools and small alcohol lamp, safety goggles and dust masks. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 8 students

Holly Wilson is an Oklahoma-based sculptor. She received her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) and her MA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Wilson is a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artists. She has exhibited her intimate bronze sculptures and her mixed media encaustic relief sculptures nationally. Wilson’s figures draw both from real life and legends of her Delaware and Cherokee background. www.hollywilson.com