FIGURE SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
with SUSANNAH ZUCKER AND CLAYTON KEYES
at Barro.Co Clay Studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Tuesday August 2nd through Wednesday August 10th, 2016
This team-taught class will cover ceramic hand-building techniques for creating figurative sculptural work, with an emphasis on personal expression. We will examine the challenges of creating mystery and power in artworks that spring from life experiences. A wide range of technical and aesthetic concerns will be addressed. In addition to technical demonstrations and work time in the studio, the class will incorporate image presentation and discussion about issues that have bearing on the choice to utilize the human body as our primary artistic mode. With these discussions, we expand the realm of the figure and influence each other with regards to how we think about the body and its unique role in visual culture.
San Miguel de Allende, a colonial treasure in the mountains of central Mexico, stands still in time with its pastel-colored houses, centuries-old churches, and cobblestone streets. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was recently rated by Condé Nast as the best city in the world to live, San Miguel offers a favorable year-round climate, an active arts community and a laid-back environment that stimulates creativity. Click here to read more about San Miguel de Allende
PRICE: $1695 U.S.*
TO REGISTER: A 30% deposit is required for registration.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: If you register before December 1st 2015, you will receive a 10% discount.
*Price includes: 6 full days in the studio (see itinerary below) with all necessary materials, as well as daily coffee, tea and snacks, all lunches, welcome dinner, farewell dinner, all listed tours and activities.
**Not included: Flight, accommodation, optional cooking class, alcoholic beverages, optional firing and shipping of sculptures.
BARRO.CO CLAY STUDIO
Our studio, a renovated warehouse, offers a colorful, cheery working environment. It’s a large, open area with high ceilings and natural light. There is plenty of space for each student to work comfortably at a sculpting stand or sitting at a table. Click here to see more photos of our studio
Workshop hours are 10:00am – 6:00pm. The studio is fully equipped with a slab roller and a wall-mounted extruder, as well as a great variety of wooden, metal, plastic, and silicone sculpting tools, ribs, paddles, brushes, canvas covered boards, sculpting stands, aprons, etc. The only thing you need to buy is a notebook and pen, but feel free to bring your favorite tools, just make sure your name is written on them with indelible marker.
Our clay body is a user-friendly, low to mid-temperature groggy earthenware sculpture clay. The recipe is a formula of various Mexican clays. Our clay is ideal for beginners and advanced artists as it is strong and forgiving during all states of the construction, drying, and firing process. It is excellent for small, medium and large-scale coil and slab-building projects, although it is formulated for monumental sculpture.
We generally do a single-firing to Cone 04, where we apply color and glaze in the greenware state. If you have not tried single-firing before, you might become a proponent – it saves time and energy costs, and allows surface effects you would otherwise not get with separate bisque and glaze firings. There are 54 engobe colors and 1 clear glaze for your use. Click here for and in depth explanation of engobes/slips/underglazes
FIRING AND SHIPPING: Your work will not be fired by the time you leave. The firing is not included in the price of the workshop price and must be paid before you leave, preferably in cash (we charge by the cubic centimeter). After firing, we’ll e-mail you a packing and shipping estimate based on your home address, the weight and dimensions of your piece and the type of packing materials required. We use a local company with reasonable prices that specializes in shipping artwork.
BASIC WORKSHOP ITINERARY
Tuesday August 2nd
6:30 -- Welcome cocktail and group dinner
Wednesday August 3rd
10:00--Introductions and presentation of Studio Guidelines
11:00--Anatomical Overview, Pelvis demonstration
12:30--Lunch at El Buen Café each day (Facebook: El Buen Café San Miguel de Allende)
1:30–6:00--Studio Time/ Student Image Share and Discussion
Thursday August 4th
10:00--Torso Demonstration, Joining the torso to the pelvis
1:30-6:00--Presentation and discussion/ studio time
Friday August 5th
10:00-- Head Demonstrations
1:30–4:00-- Demonstrations-trouble shooting for the shoulders and Back/ studio time
5:30-7:30--Cocktail reception and tour at the Mask Museum
Saturday August 6th
9:30--5:00--Day trip to the World Heritage City, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, (capital city and state):
A possible visit to the Gorky Gonzalez ceramics studio, in Guanajuato, Guanajuato. (renownedMexican Talavera potter).
*If students and/or teachers would like to stay behind and work, the studio will be open all day with assistants and guidance provided by Barro.Co Clay Studio.
Sunday August 7th
10:00-4:00--Tour of the World Heritage Site, Sanctuary of Atotonilco
followed by lunch and music at Zandunga
Monday August 8th
10:00--Extremity Demonstrations - Arms and Legs
1:30--Presentation and discussion/ Work time and targeted facial feature demonstrations
6:00--Susannah and Clayton will give a public slideshow and lecture at the local library theatre (Note: date and time to be confirmed).
Tuesday August 9th
10:00--Extremity Demonstrations - Hands and Feet
1:30–6:00--Studio time and targeted facial feature demonstrations
4:00-7:00-- Optional Mexican cooking class: La Cocina Cooking School
Wednesday August 10th
10:00: Surface and Refinement/ studio time
1:30–6:00-Presentation and demonstration on surfaces, fired/cold finish options
Repairs and gluing/ studio time
The times and activities and are subject to change. An exact itinerary will be sent out 30 days prior to workshop, along with an email from Susannah and Clayton regarding preparation for the workshop.
**Once you have registered for the workshop, a detailed list of accommodations along with general travel and San Miguel information will be sent out.
FOR WORKSHOP INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT KRIS RUDOLPH AT:
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM
SUSANNAH ZUCKER & CLAYTON KEYES Figure Sculpting WORKSHOP
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO
August 2–10, 2016
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
BEFORE SENDING YOUR WORKSHOP DEPOSIT:
Please read this Registration Form and if you are in agreement, print this document, fill it out and sign it, then scan and return by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions please contact Kris Rudolph at email@example.com
Once you are notified that there is space in the workshop, a 30% deposit is required ($508.50 U.S.). You will receive a PayPal Request for payment. Once we receive your deposit, a confirmation email, guaranteeing your spot in the workshop, will be sent out.
WORKSHOP BALANCE & EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
The workshop balance ($1186.50 U.S.) must be paid on or before May 1, 2016. There is a 10% DISCOUNT if you register on or before December 1, 2015. Tuition with the 10% discount is $1525.50 U.S. (the deposit is $457.65 U.S. and the remainder is $1067.85 U.S.).
All workshop cancellations must be sent via email. If students cancel before the balance has been paid on May 1st, the deposit will be refunded minus a $50 U.S administrative fee. If students cancel after the full tuition has been paid, and before July 1st, there will be a 50% refund. Any cancellations after and including July1st will receive no refund. However, we will attempt, but not promise, to fill your spot and refund your money minus a $200 administrative fee.
For those students who are flying to Mexico for the workshop, PLEASE DO NOT BUY YOUR PLANE TICKET UNTIL WE HAVE INFORMED YOU THAT THE WORKSHOP HAS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. For those students who will be staying in a hotel, please do not pay for your hotel or other accommodations until we have informed you that the workshop HAS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. (The minimum number of students 10 / maximum number of students 15)
We will inform you by e-mail by April 1st at the very latest whether the workshop will be continued or cancelled. If our minimum number of students is not met, we will refund your deposit and/or full tuition before April 15th.
Please confirm that you have read all the terms and conditions:
SHIPPING ADDRESS (full address please, to have your sculpture shipped after firing: ______________________________________________________
EMERGENCY CONTACT & PHONE NUMBER: