Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Assemblage Sculpture from Home (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

Assemblage is a creative method of sculpture, transforming everyday found-objects into three-dimensional sculpture, as seen in the work of Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. Start with a box, and include photographs, book pages, wrapping paper, natural items, nuts and bolts, electronic bits, dry food – just about anything! This process allows for the creation of dramatic, humorous, emotional and satirical works of art. Be guided through a different topic each week by CE faculty and sculptor Colleen O’Donnell.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Public Art in America: From Monuments to the Monumental (Online)"
Saturdays, October 3-31, 2020
 

What is the role of the monument in American culture? Whether monuments stand, are defaced, or destroyed, public art has profound social and political implications. Studying the complicated narrative of public art is one way to uncover the histories, social conflicts, and the aspirations of a nation. This is an introductory course on American public art and monuments. We will explore the international influences and distinctly American elements of famous public artworks found across the United States. We will examine historical and contemporary American public art from the Statue of Liberty to Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War to give students a firm understanding of public space, public art, and the greater American visual landscape.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: TK Smith
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sculpture: Exploring Clay, Sand & Plaster Methods"
Wednesdays, November 4-25, 2020
 

This course in low relief sculpture looks at achieving dynamic results using two very different mold mediums—sand and clay. Learn use of tools, technique, methods, and considerations for basic relief forms followed by the fascinating method of plaster casting. Clay, sand, plaster and tools are provided for $7 fee.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 7-11, 2020
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. 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 computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, and a printed workbook. 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 35 years and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Expressive Portrait"
January 18-22, 2021
 

Modeling a portrait from life is a fantastic way to study the forms of the human face and head, and improve clay modeling skills. Alicia will break down the important structural elements needed to achieve a likeness, the proportions of the face and head, and the specific forms of the features...as well as how they change in subtle expressions. Students will work from life to create a roughly 3/4 life-size bust in water-based clay on a fixed armature. Teaching methods will include brief lectures, demos, and individual feedback. Alicia will develop a piece alongside students throughout the week and will demonstrate how to construct individual features.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alicia Ponzio, www.aliciaponzio.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture from Photo Reference"
February 8-12, 2021
 

This is the portrait class where you choose who to portray. I believe that we bring more energy and commitment to sculpting a loved one or inspirational character. We will also have live models for those who wish to work from life. Students may wish to do a relief portrait and/or a 3-D portrait in the round. One of the most critical factors is selecting suitable photos that show structural information (I will provide a guide in advance of the class with suggestions for taking photos of your subject and avoiding problems that happen with lighting and distortion). We will still cover the same basic structural and anatomical information needed to give the head integrity.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaub.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 1-11, 2021
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 5-7, 2021
 

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: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and Other Animals"
April 19-22, 2021
 

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod’s techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod’s known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium-sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting during the week. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod’s students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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