Combining the human and the animal images, a form will be constructed using basic hand building techniques. We will explore ways of developing personal symbols to allow the piece to have meaning and metaphor. After construction, the surfaces will be treated with dry clays, engobes and underglazes. Demos include construction techniques and a painterly approach to the wet surface.
Using basic hand building techniques, we will explore ways to express the figure in an expressive way. Working from memory and the imagination, the head and the torso will be constructed using coils. The goal is to allow the spirit of the artist to connect with the form by using symbols and metaphors.
Working from the imagination, the head and torso will be constructed using coils. We will discuss ways on how the figure can be a holding place for sacred relics, a reliquary. Detail demo’s on building the form and facial features will be given. Also surface treatments on unfired clay will be explored.
Working from memory and the imagination, the head and the torso will be constructed using coils, making basic shells. Time to play and allow your voice to speak. Surfaces will be treated on wet clay. The goal is to allow the spirit of the artist to connect with the form by using symbols and metaphors.
Using pinch, modeling and coils, the head and torso will be formed. These pieces will hold metaphors that could be expressed by mark making, use of color or additive parts. Demos will include ways to construct, detail information on facial features, and a painterly approach on the surface.
With consideration of the festivities for the Day of the Dead, this workshop will stress the importance of the figure as a shrine. The seated figure will be constructed using hand building techniques and small clay relics or found objects will be combined with the figure. The history of this Mexican celebration of life will inform us with special attention to color and pattern on these figurative shrines. Daily exercises will inspire ideas for the clay relics. Surfaces will be explored using mark making, engobes and underglazes.
Working from memory and the imagination, the head will be constructed using coils. Detail information will be shared on facial features. The goal is to build several heads, life size or larger than life and a few smaller ones. The use of symbols and interesting surface decorations will allow a different visual depth in these heads.
An exhibition of photographs from the book
Black Place/Two Seasons
by Walter W. Nelson
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 5:00 PM
Abiquiu Inn – 21120 Hwy. 84 Abiquiu, NM 87510
Lecture and book signing 6 PM
Walter W. Nelson; Douglas Preston, author;
Katherine Ware, curator photograhy New Mexico Museum of Art
An Abiquiu Art Project Event
Hosted by the Abiquiu Inn
In this workshop, Frank and I will collaborate and share our love of combining materials for art making. The focus will be to tap the inner spirit of each artist by allowing personal responses to the use of materials and our surroundings.
To register, please visit Bellissima Art Escapes
You may also contact me with questions regarding the workshop.