Learn how to create a realistic portrait in clay from a live model.  A forgiving and easily manipulated material, clay is perfect for blocking in a work that can later be used as a reference for carving; the course concludes with demos and discussions on preserving the clay sculpture and transitioning it into other materials.…

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This two-day workshop will cover a variety of marble finishing techniques from textural surfaces, to filing, sanding and patinas. Participants will learn about traditional and alternative techniques through demos catering to individual interests. Referencing the ancient practice of polychromy, a range of patinas will be introduced from tea and ink to metal leaf and more.…

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Metalworking can feel like you are a wizard with magic powers, or a Jedi learning how to use a lightsaber! In this work shop you will learn the basics of metal sculpture starting with the fundamentals of gas, arc, and MIG welding, oxy fuel cutting, bending, and forging of mild steel. All levels welcome! You will be able to…

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The last 10% of a stone sculpture can elevate the piece to greatness, or ruin it.  Learning how to finish properly is its own art, and was historically the task of a specialized expert in marble workshops.  Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world it is often overlooked or rushed, and classes sometimes don’t get around to…

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Learn to carve a spoon from a tree with Lee McColgan from Helve Historic Trades. In this class you will learn the science of how trees grow and how simple, traditional tools are used for woodworking. We’ll discuss what species of wood are good for spoon carving, what tools are needed, proper carving techniques, and…

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A face is the first thing we look at on a figurative sculpture, and carving a good portrait has always been one of the most coveted—and challenging—skills.  This course provides instruction in the construction of the human face in clay, with an eye toward future translation into stone. Students first learn the essential principles of…

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Explore and learn the basics of glass art, as you experience the interplay of light and colored glass. You will learn designing and fabricating stained glass to create a 10” panel after making a smaller practice piece.  Beginners and those with some experience are welcome! Bring your ideas! Emphasis on proper and safe handling of…

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Tradition and technology meet in this sculpture replication workshop. Participants will be guided through the process of using a point machine to copy a model in stone. Discussion will focus on the translation of a photograph to a raster image, height field map, then 3-D mesh using Photoshop and Rhinoceros software. How to prepare a…

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This course provides technical skills and an aesthetic vocabulary for participants wanting to use kinetic and interactive qualities in their work. Participants will design and build a simple kinetic sculpture made of wood and found materials, exploring mechanical movement.  A second project will explore the use of viewer manipulated and natural movement through the fabrication of a larger outdoor construction.  

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This workshop will focus on merging stone with other materials. Materials will be chosen by participants and could include: steel, wood, fabric, plastic, found objects or another type of stone. Elements and principals of designing in three-dimensions will be covered. Participants can create a sculpture start to finish or bring a sculpture partially worked and…

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