June 19—23, 2013
Whether you are sculpting in clay, plaster, concrete or some other media, many forms need some type of inner structure to help them stand rigid, i.e. a skeleton…an armature. From just metal to hybrid armatures that combine foam and metal, different construction methods will be demonstrated to address the needs of sculptures in different sizes, media, and function. We will be using basic materials like wire, rebar and metal meshes. The focus will be on mastering wiring techniques as a fastening method. Welding will be part of the discussion but is not taught in this workshop. You will experience the design process and construct an appropriate armature for you sculpture as well as the application of concrete. This process is useful for mosaic artists as well as other artists interested in building 3-D pieces. Installation and display techniques for interior and exterior pieces will also be presented. Bring your sketch book or a picture file for ideas and discussion, and a few images of your work to share. It doesn’t have to be 3-dimensional OR mosaic! Maximum size: About the size of a medium dog with consideration to what you can transport or ship home.
Class will run from 9AM-5PM CST each day.