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Sat, Jun 03


Russell Ford's Outdoor Studio

Storytelling with Figurative Sculpture with Russell Ford

4 Week Class - Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2023

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Storytelling with Figurative Sculpture with Russell Ford
Storytelling with Figurative Sculpture with Russell Ford

Time & Location

Jun 03, 2023, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Russell Ford's Outdoor Studio, 610 E 19th St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

About the event

4-week Class 

Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2023 1st Class is 2 hours and others are 1 hour

Storytelling through Figurative Sculpture

Humans love, learn and evolve through telling stories and the arts are filled with many examples of this. We all have stories that want to be told and this class is designed to allow you to do that in a powerful way through figurative sculpture.

The class is divided into 4 sessions that will run on consecutive Saturdays through the month of June (June 3, 10, 17 and 24). The first class will be a two-hour session and each of the following classes will be for one hour. You don’t need any prior experience as the class size is limited and you will have support and assistance each step of the way. You will only be required to come to class with an idea of what kind of story you would like to be told through sculpture and an idea of how many figures will be required to tell that story.

First session: Vitruvian Man- You will be introduced to the concept of body proportions referencing the Renaissance discoveries of Leonardo Da Vini and others. Using their studies, we will explore the interrelationship of the appendages of the human frame and develop drawings that will be converted into 3-dimensional armatures.

Second session:  Involves the positioning of figures and appendages of armatures to create a tableau that will be the most powerful and effective means of expression of the story you want to bring to life. Once the decisions are finalized, we will begin the sculpting process using paper clay.

The third session Is guided studio time. Problem-solving, idea generation, assistance, and suggestions.

Fourth session: This will involve studio time, resolving issues, finishing techniques, and decision-making for bringing the sculptures it their final state.

Since stories can be told in many ways, each participant will be involved in ongoing discussions and decision-making regarding limitations and considerations in using the materials. It is expected that participants will want to do work throughout the course on their own (homework) to achieve the best result.

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