You almost certainly have seen a Henry Moore sculpture in your lifetime even if you did not know of him. There is even one in the movie The Breakfast Club! :)
I love teaching art history, tools and techniques, and the multitude of materials to use in art making. However, the number one thing that I hope to teach my students is how to THINK like an artist. How to play, how to see, and making connections are at the heart of creating.
The English sculptor Henry Moore created pieces that are usually abstractions of the human form. Moore was inspired by natural forms, so I have my students collect and study skulls, driftwood, shells, and rocks. Those sketches lead students directly to sculpting a three-piece Moore style figure in clay. Connecting concepts of science is an inspiration to many artists.
To study art is to study the world around you!
We will treat this class much like the scientific process in that we will gather, observe, sketch, and experiment with how we will incorporate these natural forms into our sculptures. The challenge will be for students to sculpt and combine three forms to suggest the human figure in clay. Students are responsible for sanding and painting their sculpture base to create a finished museum quality piece.
Please join us!