Stone animals, welded steel sculpture workshops slated

WEST RUTLAND - Explore the possibilities of welded steel sculpture or learn to carve animals in stone the week of Aug. 9-13, 2010. Two upcoming workshops at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center explore traditional and unique methods for working with these materials.

"Carve Animals in Stone" with Bill Nutt will be focused on the techniques used to carve representational sculpture. The entire process from subject and stone selection to final surface finishes will be covered. Instruction will be given on various approaches such as direct stone carving and the use of templates. The where, when and how of using hand and power tools will be discussed and demonstrated. The course is open to students of all abilities. Ideally participants will bring numerous photographs of their subject matter. Advanced students should feel free to bring a maquette or even partially finished pieces.

In this "Steel Sculpture" with Wendy Klemperer participants will learn the fundamentals of gas, arc, and MIG welding, oxy-fuel cutting, bending, and forging, and surface treatments of steel. Participants will acquire a working technique of welding that can immediately be applied to the creation of art. Additionally, an ongoing discussion of the history of sculpture and the origins of welded sculpture will inform the class and serve as a point of departure. The class will take advantage of the environment the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center offers - its large resource of scrap steel, and the open-air studio to work freely in various sizes. While experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged, the objective of the five-day course is to enable the participant to confidently execute basic welding techniques to construct sculptural objects.

To register, or for more information, please contact the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center at 802-438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.

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