This two-day workshop is ideal for beginner and intermediate students who want to learn to sculpt realistic portraits in clay. Instructor Neil Grant will take attendees through a methodical process for creating a bust with explanations, demonstrations and one-on-one instruction throughout. Working from a reference cast model, students will learn the planes of the face and then how to refine those planes into subtle volumes that give a realistic appearance. While the workshop atmosphere is fun and relaxed, the aim is to provide artists with a sound methodology that they can take away and use for future work. All materials will be provided, including stands, tools and clay, but attendees are welcome to bring their own tools if they wish to. This workshop will take place in the Owl Hall on the main level of the Education Wing.
SCULPTING THE HEAD IN CLAY WORKSHOP
with Neil Grant
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10
Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. An award-winning artist, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor. Neil lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he sculpts out of his studio and teaches classes and workshops across the Cape. An exhibit of his work, entitled ‘Escapees from a Small Black Book’ is showing at Cotuit Center for the Arts between February 17 and March 17, 2018. “Sculpture is how I put my thoughts out into the world, and so I try to make sure that they are ideas worth sharing,” says Neil. “All sculptures have an origin story, and mine normally begin with questions such as, ‘I wonder if anyone has ever attempted that in clay before?’ or ‘It’s probably not what you’d call classical sculpture, but I wonder if people would like it?’ I love sculpture and any other form of art that fuses skill, emotion, and if it can, a bit of humor. That’s what I aim for in my work." More details about Neil and his work can be found at www.granty-art.com
Students may bring their own tools if they have them, but stands, clay and tools will be supplied. Students who are not firing their pieces at the center should bring a box and packing materials to take their sculpture home.