Instructor: Heather Blume
July 17 - 21
9:30am - 12:30pm
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Clay is a responsive medium, but it also requires attention. Moisture content and gravity are two aspects that outright demand a sculptor’s attention. This class will focus on improving each person’s ability to create work within the constraints of modeling a freestanding figurative sculpture in water-based clay. Each class will build upon the other. The goal is to strengthen the practice and understanding of structure, form and content (expression). The first session will begin with fundamental armature constructions, clay application, modeling techniques, and clay “warm-up” exercises. The following three sessions will consist of working from a live model (participants may decide to make one or more works). The final class will be devoted to preparing selected sculptures for firing at a later date*. All levels are welcome; participants can decide to concentrate on structure, personal expression, or both.
*Arrangements can be made with the ceramic department at Castle Hill.
Heather Blume graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA summa cum laude in Painting, the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art with an MFA cum laude in sculpture, and the Advanced Art Appraisal Certificate program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Blume is a versatile multi media figurative artist who sculpts, draws, and paints at her studio on Cape Cod. She exhibits regularly and has been awarded numerous artist grants. Her artwork has been collected privately as well as by museums, including the British Museum and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Along with her studio practice, Blume has enjoyed teaching art and giving workshops for over 20 years. Her teaching philosophy is based on combining the fundamentals of classical art with intuitive practices of creating.