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Misty Gamble: Focus on the Face Misty Gamble will direct this two-day, hands-on ceramic sculpture workshop. Students will learn basic anatomical construction and proportion of the face, including facial features and hair. The participants will create a life size mask that operates as a vehicle for telling a story with a personal meaning. Participants will learn approaches to both academic/idealized and expressive facial construction. The focus of the workshop will not be on anatomical ‘correctness’, but rather on gesture, proportion. Misty will lead discussions on where ideas come from, and how to cultivate the expression of particular themes in your work. Misty will also discuss how she references popular culture and visual metaphors to provide context and meaning. Bring an idea or personal theme that you would like to incorporate into your face. This theme can be literal or intuitive. It can be rendered realistically or metaphorically. Come with drawings, pictures or just ideas! No previous clay experience is necessary. WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, June 29 & 30, 2019 Fee: $200 member, $220 non-member Bio Misty Gamble’s work is inspired by the human figure and its infinite capacity for communication. This makes sense given that, as a child, Misty was immersed in her father’s world of puppetry and the performing arts. Traveling to many parts of the world as a young girl and later as an adult has also made an indelible impact on her life and work. In 1998, Misty was invited to be the first American to perform in Iran (since 1979) at the 7th International Puppet Festival in Tehran. Misty’s current work, life-size ceramic figurative sculptures and installations of multiple figurative fragments, focuses attention on issues surrounding femininity and challenges conventional standards of morality, normalcy and propriety. Misty is the recipient of a number of honors including awards from the Martin Wong Foundation, National Conference for the Education of Creamics Arts and the Ellice T. Johnston Foundation. In 2008, she received an artist grant from the Ruth Chenven Foundation and was honored as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. Misty has been awarded long-term residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, where she earned the Howard Kottler Fellowship, and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Additionally, Gamble was invited to lead and Artist-Invite Artists Residency at Watershed and was an invited artist at Project Art in Cummington, Massachusetts. In 2014, Gamble was an invited artist at C.R.E.T.A. Rome and has continued to study or teach in Italy since 2013. Gamble is the co-founder of Studio Nong: International Sculpture collective and residency program which travels to China (2013-2016) and Europe to accomplish residencies with a clay figurative sculpture concentration.
Kelly & Kyle Phelps: The Narrative Figure Workshop WS03 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 27 & 28, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member Kelly and Kyle Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques they use to create figurative relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how their work is created and discuss how the use of the figure can be the perfect vehicle to talk about topics like but not limited to social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial Idea generation â€“ music, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, and final presentation will be revealed. In this hands on workshop, the twins will create high relief figurative - narratives that will be influenced by their blue-collar working class background. Bio Identical twin brothers Kelly and Kyle Phelps are Associate Professors at private Catholic universities in Ohio. Kelly Phelps is an Associate Professor/Chair at Xavier University, Cincinnati, where he over sees the sculpture department. Kyle is an Associate Professor at University Dayton, OH, where he is the head of the ceramics department. Much of the twinsâ€™ work is about the blue collar working-class, race relations and the everyday struggles of the common man and woman. Both Kelly and Kyle continue to work collaboratively to create their artwork at their studio in Centerville, Ohio. The Phelps twins have conducted workshops at the highly respected Penland School of Craft Arts as well as the Baltimore Clayworks. The twins share numerous grants, regional and national exhibitions, and commissions. More notable private collectors of the twins work are in the hands of film director Michael Moore, and actor Morgan Freeman as well as a major review in the world acclaimed Sculpture Magazine and American Craft Magazine. Before entering the world of academia, becoming professors, tenure, and most recently sabbatical, the twins experienced firsthand what the struggles of the working class were really about! The twins grew up in a blue-collar/factory environment in Indiana where they were inspired by family members and friends who worked in various manufacturing plants, steel mills, and foundries. These everyday people became working class heroes that has inspired over a decade of working class art. For a number of years the twins have produced work that incorporates both the hand-crafted (ceramic and resin cast forms) juxtaposed with found objects/site specific objects. Kyle and Kelly have combined gears, corrugated metal and scrap-machined parts along with modeled ceramic/resin cast figures to create a visual narrative composition about the blue-collar experience. It is important for the twins to continue to combine hand-crafted ceramic forms together with these found objects to give their work an authentic sense of place and time. The found objects are in sense historical artifacts. Much of Kyle and Kellyâ€™s work not only allows the viewer to visualize their created compositions, but also allows the viewer to evoke their other senses as well. Some of the found objects that they have incorporated into the work are soot-covered or soaked in cutting machine oils that emit a distinctive odor commonly found in automotive factories. WS03 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 27 & 28, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at email@example.com for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
WS05 â€“ Kate Borcherding: Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture Kate Borcherding Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture WS05 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member Public artist lecture Friday, 7-8pm, November 14 â€“ RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org This 2-day, fast-paced workshop explores ideas in developing narrative figurative ceramics and multiple techniques in building and finishing. Through a series of demonstrations, hand-outs (both in class and as take away resources) and hands-on thumbnail exercises, students will become familiar with Kateâ€™s personal approach to constructing narrative scultpure. Students will explore the process of harnessing ideas, advancing the content to form a narrative through a variety of modeling methods and surface approaches to create narrative assemblages. Demonstrations will address a variety of resource material gathering, mark-making methods, construction approaches and surface finishing techniques. Be prepared to engage mind and body for a breakthrough experience in narrative figurative ceramics. Kate Borcherding (born October 26, 1960) is an American artist working in mixed media. Her artistic style is both neoclassical and postmodern. Her art mainly focuses on the human figure, and is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers. Her ceramic work focuses on the creation of assemblages incorporating either the human form or a personification of an object. She makes use of visual symbols which she extracts and extends from the direct observation of an environment including important cultural, architectural or technological representations. Projecting the object into the observersâ€™ psychological space compels observers to â€œdive inâ€ with their own humanity as an emotive participant in order to unfold the inner narrative of the art. Through this re-living of an inner world of an important period and place a universal moment from the past becomes alive. Borcherdingâ€™s site specific environmental sculpture pushes the space relationship between object and observer even further so that the observer walks into and on the art. Her long studio career is complemented with a commitment to art education which she fulfills thru printmaking, ceramic and life drawing workshops. She is currently developing a drawing and anatomy curriculum for online education under the moniker â€œArt Teamâ€. She is also an art professor at Sam Houston State University where she has been employed since 1993. During the academic year she lives on a working horse and cattle ranch in Texas. The cool of summer is enjoyed in and around Madison, Wisconsin with her mother, artist Joan Jelinek, and her four brothers. â€œKnowledge of places is therefore closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping onesâ€™s position in the larger scheme of things, including oneâ€™s own community". (Basso, 1996). WS05 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at email@example.com for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
Hi, Geoffrey Nicastro here: I will be conducting a discussion group at this years' NCECA conference regarding "The Peace Heard Project" I am looking to involve as many schools and artists as possible. All figure artists using any permenant medium should know that they can be a part of this project, The finished product â€œThe Peace Heard Projectâ€ will be a massive collaborative sculpture over a five-acre site installed in a large field where a flyover will reveal an image of a peace dove. The paths around it will be lighted to make the image of the dove visible at night. The permanent site will grow over time, with the goal of matching the number of soldiers found in Xiâ€™an, eight thousand or more. As artists submit pieces, paths will add to the size of the aerial dove image. Can you commit to building a sculpture for this project? Please print the document behind this link http://www.galleryforrent.com/PeaceHeard/Peace_Heard/DescriptionNCECA2.pdf or read more @ www.PeaceHeard.org This project becomes real as we create it. Looking forward to meeting some of you at NCECA this year, and hearing about your inductees for The Peace Heard Project. DescriptionNCECA2.pdf DescriptionNCECA2.pdf