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August 12 - 16, 2024

Summer 2024: Relief Sculpture with Heather Personett

GCA • 1519 Decatur Street Suite 201 RidgewoodNY  11385 Organized by Grand Central Atelier

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Over the course of two weeks, students will learn how to strengthen their three-dimensional form understanding of the figure through two complementary approaches to the same subject. In the first week, students will work from life to create a low-relief sculpture of a standing pose in clay. The focus will be to investigate the important components of the model’s basic structures, proportions, plane directions and gesture, while in consideration of the artist’s perspective. Through the creation of their three-dimensional “drawing”, or low-relief, students will begin to understand how to decode the figure’s gesture in terms of space, plane directions, and volume. In the second week, students will study the same model and gesture in two dimensions from a conceptual drawing approach. In this way, students can more specifically focus on understanding the ways that light interacts with volume to inform their conceptual form understanding. Students will learn how the knowledge of the underlying structure aids in their exploration of light and shadow over the figure’s gesture. The incorporation of three-dimensional conceptual form as it relates to rendering volume in two dimensions is the principal philosophy of GCA’s unique approach to academic art training. Each week of classes will include instructor demos as well as personalized critiques. Examples of historical relief sculpture and figure drawings will be shared. *An optional 2-day moldmaking workshop will be offered to students in between these two weeks (Sat and Sun) to mold and cast their relief sculpture for future preservation, and as reference for their drawing, if desired. More details will be shared in class. Note that wet clay sculptures over the armature cannot be fired and cannot be preserved on its own. Fee covers materials and class instruction. For any questions, please feel free to reach out.


August 12 - 16, 2024

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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1519 Decatur Street Suite 201 RidgewoodNY  11385

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