What a Conundrum...!

Wow, things have been so busy at the studio, that it’s been almost impossible to put pen to paper! We are so excited, as this week saw the launch of our video ‘Marionette’s Conundrum’ on You-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/  

It’s the culmination of 18 months’ work and planning and is a cyber-space showcase for Andrew Sinclair’s sculptures, and features members and friends of the studio. Check us out!!

On the sunny weekend of the 9th & 10th of April we welcomed more students to the studio for Module 01, the Figurative Sculpture & Armature Making Course. For the first time in months we were able to entertain our guests without the aid of an industrial jet propelled heater! Actually, that’s not quite true…..we did have to blast a little extra heat out for our gorgeous life model Cecilia, who posed nude for the photography session and anatomy demonstration. Her goosebumps were almost bigger than her muscles whilst Andy was illustrating, with a stage make-up crayon, the delineation of her gastronemius and sartorius musculature!

Choosing the Pose

At The Sculpture School we always feature a life model for the teaching of anatomy and physiology. It literally brings to life a subject that we feel is essential to the creation of beautiful sculpture. We highlight those important bones and muscles that are key to building the sensuous ‘hooks’ that allow us to read the sculpture. It’s a fun approach to teaching what can be an academically dense subject; and even the models are amazed by how much they learn whilst posing. We do ensure that all the stage make-up is removed before they head home on public transport – or eyes may turn at their bizarre anatomical tattoos!

The Sculpture School students also have the opportunity to ask the model to pose in a style of their choice during the photographic session, where they learn the best way to perfect model photography for reference purposes. These images are used later, once the armatures have been made.

Andy’s individual approach to teaching means that our students benefit from skills and techniques he has developed for himself over his 17 years in the commercial sculpture business. His method of creating armatures is totally unique, and our students are always impressed by their effectiveness, and the speed at which he makes them. Once mastered, the armatures are quick and simple to make, but like anything new, quite a fun challenge to begin with! Think ‘Generation Game’ and you’ll get the picture! Andy always demonstrates his clay techniques for sculpting the figure, and the intricacies of sculpting hands and feet with masterly skill. Even I still look on in wonder, and I’ve had the benefit of working alongside him for over 5 years!

Clay application to the armature

Not only do we inspire our students at The Sculpture School, but we also have a very sociable time too. Departing to our local pub for lunch (especially when sunny and we can sit in the garden) always gives us time to socialise and chat. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone more informally, and time to debate the state of the nation, art education and all that!

By the end of workshop, The Sculpture School students are usually amazed by the amount of information they have taken on board, and stagger home exhausted, laden with armatures, sculptures, and bits of clay bodies, as well as the course manuals and cd’s. A really successful and enjoyable weekend was had by all.

Our next weekend workshop at The Sculpture School, is Module 02, Portrait Sculpture and is scheduled of the weekend of 21st and 22nd May 2011.

If you would like to book your place, please call me NOW!  DIANE COATES . 07810 480884. Course Administrator, The Sculpture School.

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