Sculpting the Torso


August 25 |  6-8 pm (demo & refreshments)
August 26 & 27 (workshop) 10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Maria Willison

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August 25 | 6-8 pm (demo & refreshments)
August 26 & 27 (workshop) 10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Maria Willison

In this two-day workshop, students will learn to sculpt a female torso in water-based clay from an unclothed model. On Friday night, Maria will introduce, demo, and talk about materials and tools.  Saturday and Sunday will allow students to work solidly on their sculptures where they will learn how to arrange a clay foundation according to the position, proportion, and planes of the model.  Tooling techniques, detail, and surface treatment will be covered.   Focusing on just the torso with no appendages will allow students to spend lots of time on the graceful detail of the torso. There will be a one-hour lunch break each day.  Feel free to bring your own lunch or enjoy plenty of dining options nearby. Model fee and an armature for each student are included in the workshop fee.

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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 .