Figure Sculpture Workshop at Studio b.

May 18, 2010 in Figurative by joanvienot

Fellow students Renee McCalmont, Nancy Nichols Williams, Didon Comer, and Instructor Karen Cope

My attempt, full figure at left

My attempt, from behind

My attempt, from behind

Karen Cope continued her Sculpt Across America presentation at Studio b. in Alys Beach, Florida, May 15 and 16, with two 5-hour days of a figure sculpting workshop.  Since my preferred mode of expression is drawing, I had to look at the subject in completely new ways.  I gained a much greater understanding of form.

As with every class at Studio b., the energy was intense.  The instructor’s extraordinary skills were evident both in her teaching and the samples she had brought with her.  Everyone experienced a fair degree of success.

I was fairly pleased with many aspects of my end result, despite my only previous figure sculpting experience being the 3-hour session two days prior.

Nancy Nichols Williams

Nancy Nichols Williams

For me, though, the true pleasure was in the process.  Karen taught us to add small “notes” of clay to build out the form.

I am right-handed, but I caught myself using my left hand a lot of the time.   I wonder what that was about.

At left is the creation of a fellow student, Nancy Nichols Williams, who also regularly attends the weekly figure drawing sessions at Studio b.