Sculpting with Wire, Paper, & Pulp with Kelly McGrath

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Sculpting with Wire, Paper, & Pulp with Kelly McGrath

480.00

Tuesday & Wednesday
June 5 & 6
10am - 4pm

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Tuesday & Wednesday
June 5 & 6
10am - 4pm

In this class we will be constructing lightweight sculptures using wire armature, paper and pulp. Soldering and wire wrapping will be our main method for joining giving the work permanence and stability. We experiment with wet sheets of unsized abaca paper and pulp to create skin like coatings over our armature pieces. Students will also be introduced to techniques that use manufactured Asian papers to create similar effects, including kozo, tengucho and kitakata. Encaustic and Pigment Sticks are introduced as a finishing materials adding color, texture and luminosity to finished pieces.


As an instructor at R&F Kelly McGrath has been teaching and participating in encaustic based workshops for the past four years. She has been developing and executing a sculpturally based curriculum for R&F’s workshop program, which is showing a growing popularity. As part of the development of this subject matter she has been doing numerous experiments and samples for combining different ratios of waxes and using wax with other media. Having run a sculpturally based workshop Post Conference for both conference 6 & 7 she has a much clearer understanding of what is successful for this subject matter and what is not. It seems clear that a more streamlined approach to focus on the mold making and allow for more work time is what will make this class a continued success.