May 5, 6, & 7
10 am-5 pm each day
Visiting instructor, Angela Cunningham, will guide students through sculpting a portrait in water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will study the classical figure tradition of understanding the structure of the human head. Students will begin with the foundational big shapes of the whole head looking for gesture, proportion and large planes. Then moving to establishing facial features and smaller planes, to eventually moving to details and refining the surface of a finished piece. The class intentions will focus on capturing the accuracy and likeness of the model, creating a gesture and pleasing composition in the surround, and showing an emotion that captures the essence of the model and captivates the viewer. A variety of clay modeling techniques will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the workshop. The class is suitable for all skill levels, from complete beginners onward, and all students will receive individual attention. Angela will also advise students on how best to fire or cast their pieces after the workshop.
The model fee is included in the workshop fee. There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Feel free to bring your own lunch or enjoy plenty of dining options in our southside neighborhood. For those students traveling from out of town, feel free to contact us if you need help with determining accommodations etc.
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About the instructor:
Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. After high school she studied at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing/ Painting with a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California for a few years, Angela decided to pursue her desire to learn the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art. She graduated GCA in 2010. She now teaches at her own studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She also teaches workshops at various studios nationwide. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship Award, Alfred Ross Achievement Award and more.
Angela says of her own work: “I’m a Portrait Painter and genre-painter and sculptor in a naturalistic and realistic style. My inspiration is the character and individuality of my models and subjects. I enjoy working from life. I feel it’s the best way to see the intricacies of the subject’s form but also a great way to interact and be inspired by the personality of the life in front of me. Painting is a way of reading the world and getting lost in observing it, but it’s also an interaction, an understanding, and a relationship. Every individual has something that is unique. I’m fascinated to learn each particular person’s character, traits, thoughts, and quirks. And no matter how different we are as individuals, there is an underlying element of commonality. We can all relate to art that reveals someone’s contained emotions and inner thoughts, that triggers a glimpse into humanity. There is no greater beauty and truth than Nature itself, and I believe that nothing can be made up that is as powerful, grand, or intriguing.”