MICHELLE GREGOR || FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE: An Improvisational Approach Through Form & Surface

*schedule forthcoming

An Improvisational Approach Through Form & Surface
with Michelle Gregor

May 13-26, 2018

Sunday (5/13): 6pm Welcome Dinner                         Moksa Restaurant
·         A casual dinner of introductions and getting to know one another, a discussion of the two-week program and an Artist’s Slide Presentation by Michelle Gregor.
Monday (5/14):
·         A brief introduction to Gaya studio, staff, materials, and protocol.
·         “Experiments in Form” -  fifteen-minute figure studies. These exercises will help students begin to construct the human figure from simple components and explore poses. We will discuss ideas such as contrapposto, groupings, and narrative. We will emphasize an experimental approach, manipulating your “first drafts” to discover movement, gesture and vitality. Preparing the clay for solid construction.
·         Demo: the reclining and seated figure
·         Demo: Solid construction, a figurative approach. Massing and laying out
primary forms.
Tuesday (5/15):
·         Studio Exercise: revising the maquettes. Thinking by doing, shifting poses, incorporating movement and gesture, loosening up, avoiding pitfalls. Proportions.
·         Studio Practice: begin constructing a figurative sculpture using 20-25 lbs. of clay applying the methods of solid construction
·         Slide Presentation: Interpretations of the Head and Features Through History
·         Small head study, focusing on the masses of skull, proportions, and expression (in preparation for press molding).
·         ***Tonight: Please email michellegregor@gmail.com four images of your own work, and/or work that inspires you, to share with the group during slide show on Friday.

Wednesday (5/16):
·         Demo: Hollowing and Reassembly.
·         Practice hollowing maquettes to prepare them for kiln firing. 
·         Materials management: reclaiming clay without a pugmill
·         Slide Presentation: The Human Figure Through Art History.  Inspiration and idea development.  Mark making.
·         Studio Work: Finish sculpting the head. Begin sculpting a second figure from 25-35 lbs. of clay.
Thursday 5/17:
·         Field trip. Sketch!
·        Color and surface demo and testing!
·        How to use a variety of stains, glazes, underglazes, underglaze pencils, etc. to build complex and layered finishes. (Bring bisque for small tests.)  Mark making. 
·        Fire tests in test kiln at Cone 5 oxidation.
·        Create ceramic press molds from Tuesday’s head study.
Friday  (5/17)
·         Workshop artist’s slideshow. We invite each workshop participant to speak
about their artwork and inspiration.
·         How to fire sculpture: the keys to drying and firing successfully
·         Kiln schedules for bisque and glaze firings. Brief overview of different firing techniques, temperatures and their outcomes. Special effects: lustres and decals.
·        Studio work: continue individual sculpture work.
·        Prepare maquettes for bisque firing.
Saturday (5/19)
·        Press Molds. Create multiples from press molds for glaze testing.
·        Unloaded glaze tests, observe results.
·        Sculpting the human hand.
·        Studio Work:  Continue sculpting, hollowing and reassembling your projects
·         Studio Work: Finish sculpting and hollowing.

Sunday (5/20)
·         Free day. Bisque fire maquettes.
Monday (5/21)
·        Demo: Achieving larger forms: How to incorporate coil building with solid
·        Studio Work: Finish sculpting and hollowing solid built figures/groups

Tuesday (5/22)
·        Studio Work: Coloration. Form and surface. Prepare maquettes for Cone 5 firing.
·        Studio Work: Finish sculpting and hollowing solid built figures/groups
Wednesday (5/23)
·         Field Trip. Remember your sketchbooks!
Thursday (5/24)
·         Developing the Surface further: Multi-firing. Application of secondary glazes for Cone 5 firing. Load and fire maquettes to cone 5.
·        Studio Work: Finish sculpting and hollowing solid built figures/groups
Friday (5/25)
·         Cracks and their solutions! Repair, adhesives and colorants, the world of epoxy.
·        Studio Work: Finish sculpting and hollowing solid built figures/groups
Saturday (5/26)
·         Class critique, share work and ideas. Finishing work.
·         Studio clean-up

** Workshop schedule is subject to slightly change

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