4 weeks | Tuesday evenings
October 10-31 | 6-9 pm
Instructor: Maria Willison
In this 4 week class, students will learn the fundamentals of sculpting three-dimensional forms. The two projects we will be working on will build upon one another. Students will begin by sculpting a bell pepper. This is a common way to introduce students to understanding
three-dimensional forms since peppers have many interesting undulating forms and can teach students how to sculpt what they see without too much overwhelming detail. After mastering the pepper, students will a facial detail from classical plaster casts of Michelangelo’s David’s face. This tried and true method of teaching gives beneficial insights into form and is a wonderful introduction to human anatomy without being too complex. These projects will be invaluable foundations for students as they continue in their artistic endeavors.
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About the Instructor:
Maria Willison started her career earning a Bachelor of Arts from Covenant College with an emphasis in classical figurative sculpture in clay. Last year Maria participated in the Head Start Modeling Competition hosted by The National Sculpture Society in New York City. She has
shown her work at various exhibits throughout the Chattanooga area and she also has had several shows outside of Chicago at Old Court House Arts Center where she won first place and honorable mention in figurative exhibits. Maria is detail-oriented with an understanding of
human anatomy, which enables her to seek accurate representations of the forms under the surface of her pieces and provide them with a certain amount of depth. Negative space, dramatic lines, and a dichotomy between peace and tension are central to her work. When she
is not sculpting her own pieces, Maria works part-time with local artists making mold and casts; she also taught as an adjunct Professor at her Alma Mater and more recently at Southern Adventist University. Maria is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she lives with her
husband. For more info, visit her website at mariawillison.com .