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.

Registration for 2020 Workshops will open February 1st, 2020.
= Native American Arts

Art of Fire: Introduction to Glass Blowing

Ramson Lomatewama
June 14 – 19
Six-day session

Explore the fundamentals of working with hot glass, guided by an award-winning glass artist. Ramson Lometewama’s glass art is viewed as a “contemporary expression of ancient and artistically rich people…evoking a beautiful yet humbling mindscape which we all long to find.” 

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 blowing 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. Your pieces made on Friday will be ready to unload from the kiln at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Skill Level: All levels.  Safety requires that students are able to stay focused for long stretches of time, and have good eyesight (corrective lenses are fine).
Tuition: $965
Lab fee: $75 – This workshop’s $75 lab fee includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies, propane; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 4 students

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, Kachina doll carver, poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan, and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist.

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Maloof Woodworking: Creating a Walnut Bench

Larry White
June 15 – 19
Five-day session

Internationally known woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009) is still regarded as an icon for his stunning furniture, lifestyle and creative spirit. This workshop will expose you to his compelling design and woodworking techniques that evolved during the span of his 60 year career. 

During this week long class, you will explore Maloof concepts regarding wood selection, form, and sculptural detail, and how they apply to the creation of a small walnut bench. Along with presentations and demonstrations, studio time will provide experience in the use of machinery, joinery techniques, and shaping and finishing processes. With close guidance, you will choose between reproducing a Maloof-inspired prototype provided by the instructor or applying the Maloof aesthetic to a design of your own. During the process of creating a piece of fine furniture, you will attain a greater appreciation for Maloof’s contribution to the woodworking and design communities.

Special Opportunity: On Saturday, June 20, following the workshop, Larry White will offer workshop students a private tour of the Maloof Foundation museum and wood shop in Rancho Cucamonga from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. The $25 admission fee will be waived for workshop students. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. 

More information on the foundation can be found at https://www.malooffoundation.org/visit.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $775
Lab fee: $150 – This workshop’s $150 lab fee includes black walnut hardwood lumber, baltic birch plywood, glue, hardware, sandpaper and finishes. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 6 students

Larry White’s art career has spanned nearly 55 years. Although he is  primarily known as a craftsman working with Sam Maloof, he has continued to exhibit work in other media, including ceramics and multimedia sculpture. Larry has worked and taught at two California Universities and has conducted summer workshops at Anderson Ranch Art Center, CO.  As an Artist in Residence with the Maloof Foundation, he conducts workshops for veterans’ groups and for the general public.  His work can be found in many collections. 

Website: www.larrywhiteartmix.com

Instagram: @larrywhiteartist

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Big Stories in Small-Scale & Wearable Art Casting

Holly Wilson
June 29 – July 3
Five-day session

I am a strong believer in creating small things that carry a big story. Whether you want to create wearable art or small-scale sculptures, the methods are the same. In this workshop, you will create unique pieces carved or built up from wax, or cast directly from nature using leaves, pinecones, pods, etc. You will learn the process of “lost wax” casting – both gravity and centrifugal methods. This workshop will include an introduction to the materials, methods, and safety measures of casting, as well as how to produce and finish small bronze or sterling silver work. You will also be introduced to several mold-making processes. Returning students will be shown new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Attendance: You must attend all required instructional sessions to understand and follow safety guidelines.
Lab Fee: $130 – This workshop’s $130 lab fee includes casting wax, investment, sprue wax, shared use of patinas, sealing wax, mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shafts, grinders or files, wax carving tools, and a small alcohol lamp, safety goggles, and dust masks. You will be asked to bring additional materials. Sterling silver is not covered and will need to be purchased by students prior to class. 
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Holly Wilson’s artwork is in exhibitions and collections at museums including Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Springfield Art Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and C.N. Gorman Museum, to name a few. Holly is of Delaware Nation and Cherokee heritage, and is based in Oklahoma. She holds an MFA in sculpture, an MA in ceramics from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Website: www.hollywilson.com/

Instagram: @hollywilsonart 

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Twitter: @HollyWilsonArt

Bocca del Destino: Mouth of Destiny

Michael DeMeng
July 3 – 4
Two-day session

When I was a wee lad, I recall going to a fun house (though, at the age of 5 it was more frightening than fun) in which the entryway was a giant devil’s mouth.  You had to walk past the enormous pointy teeth and into the dark tunnel. Horrifying as this might have been…it is a concept that has fascinated me through the years. In fact, if you are ever in Rome, check out Zucarrari Palace (aka the Monster House) whose large entryways and windows are sinister mouths waiting to devour those who dare enter. It’s a strange visual sensation that seems to imply that whoever enters is walking into a different realm where the rules of the outside world are lost. 

To honor these strange portals, we are going to create small doorways or stages where little characters can enter…or not. We will create these using methods of assemblage, sculpture, and painting. Don’t worry – there will be plenty of information for you to “digest.”

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $650 if taken with Arcana: A Tale of Tarot
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Michael DeMeng travels the world teaching and creating mixed media shrines and deMented toys. As an artist, he exhibits his unique style of assemblage throughout the world. He is also an author of three books, Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and The Art Abandonment Project published by North Light. 

Website: www.michaeldemeng.com

Instagram: @michael_demeng

Arcana: A Tale of Tarot

Michael DeMeng
July 5 – 6
Two-day session

A Tarot deck is divided into two parts: the Major and Minor Arcana. In a nutshell, the Minor Arcana is about earthly situations, and the Major Arcana symbolizes the otherworldly influences on the world. Personally, I find the Major Arcana to be the most fascinating of the parts, because the cards in this category are so iconically rich…the Lovers, The Magician, The Fool, The Devil, and of course, the ever unsettling Death card.  

This collection of images is really a journey that starts with the Fool and moves through a variety of characters until the journey is completed 22 cards later with the World. It is the journey of all of us…we all start as the Fool and, with any luck, we gain enlightenment and completion. Since the Major Arcana embodies such a rich cast of characters, why not literally transform them into three-dimensional beings? Instead of a deck of cards, perhaps a stage of cards where the theatrics of existence can be performed; a place where the Fool can literally travel and experience the world and beyond. Thus the Tarot Theater concept was born.

Your task will be to create a character or two based on the cards of the Major or Minor Arcana. Using found objects as your base, you will modify them into a metaphorically rich persona incorporating a little stand for your creations. Since it is rather unlikely you’ll be able to complete all 78 cards during class, this means you’ll have a choice to make: Which cards to personify? You could select them based on what most inspires you, or the most appealing story, or the most compelling imagery…OR you could be really daring: shuffle a tarot deck, spread them out face down, and let the Fates decide your creations. Pick a card, any card!

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $650 if taken with Bocca del Destino
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Michael DeMeng travels the world teaching and creating mixed media shrines and deMented toys. As an artist, he exhibits his unique style of assemblage throughout the world. He is also an author of three books, Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and The Art Abandonment Project published by North Light. 

Website: www.michaeldemeng.com

Instagram: @michael_demeng

Finding Form: Encaustic in the Third Dimension

Holly Wilson
July 6 – 10
Five-day session

Colored wax on a flat surface is just the beginning! We are going to look at materials and form to bring your ideas to life, allowing you to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane. 

Material is an important part of our visual language, so you will want to carefully choose the materials you wish to speak with. Along with your ideas, you will bring a variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, fired clay pieces, dried plaster work, fiber, string, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto (a complete list of suggestions to follow). You will learn interesting ways to weave these objects into your work. 

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. Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. In addition to safety practices, you will learn a range of techniques including fusing, using transparencies, glazing, layering, building up texture, line making, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces. Returning students will learn new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120 – This workshop’s $120 lab fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, art resin, and the use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, and two metal tools. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Holly Wilson’s artwork is in exhibitions and collections at museums including Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Springfield Art Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and C.N. Gorman Museum, to name a few. Holly is of Delaware Nation and Cherokee heritage, and is based in Oklahoma. She holds an MFA in sculpture, an MA in ceramics from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Website: www.hollywilson.com/

Instagram: @hollywilsonart 

Facebook: Holly Wilson Artist

Twitter: @HollyWilsonArt

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