I know very little about sculpture. When I was studying art in college, I took only the one required sculpture class. My area of emphasis was drawing and I also studied painting, but the three-dimensional arts intimidated me. So when I learned that Colleen Duffley had invited a sculptor to give workshops at Studio b. the 2nd week of May, I was thrilled for the exposure to the community, but not so excited about participating. That is, until I found out she would be doing figure and portrait sculpture workshops. I knew there would be an immediate application to my figure drawing efforts, so as soon as I found out the workshop dates and times, I signed up for all available.
The night before last we had an introduction to her language and approach, “The Speed At Which Form Turns,” and last night we had our first clay-in-our-hands session with 3 hours of figure sculpting. 10 people participated.
My effort was passable, given that my only other effort at sculpting, in college, was carving a rock out of plaster of paris, which found its home in the recycle bin as soon as it was graded.
The bearded model was infinitely patient with us, sitting for 3 hours in 20 minute stretches. I made his legs about 3/4 as long as they really are — proportions were obviously a challenge for me. But I think I captured the general lean and weight of the various masses.