10 am-5 pm EST @ Townsend Atelier
Instructors: Christine Kosiba & Kirsten Stingle
In this 5-day workshop, Kirsten Stingle and Christine Kosiba will guide participants in expanding their narrative vocabulary by combining human and animal forms to create their own mythologies. Proportion and anatomy will be covered as well as the power of gesture and expression in storytelling. Students will build a human torso (including head and hands) guided by Stingle and a combination of birds (including the raven and owl) led by Kosiba. These forms will then be combined to create individual narratives. Different building styles and techniques will be offered that participants can adapt to their own studio practice. Individual attention and problem solving will be emphasized. Beginners through intermediate. Prior figure experience is not required. Class size is limited to 12.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own.
COVID-19: at this time of this posting (2.3.2022) masks are required to be worn. Should this change, we will post any updates here.
- Clay: 1 box of Little Loafers. This will be available for purchase at Townsend Atelier.
- Favorite clay tools including cutting wire, loop tools, various carving, and loop tools.
- Fork for scoring
- Spray bottle
- Sharp knife for cutting clay
- 1 ware board approximately 12” x 12”
- 12” x 12” section of craft foam
- 1 x 1/2” dowel (12” long)
- Small sponges
- Soft and hard ribs
- Variety of small paint brushes
- Dry cleaning plastic
Christine Kosiba is a full-time ceramic and mixed media artist residing in Brevard, NC. Christine earned her BA and MA in Education and taught in the public school system for twelve years before pursuing art full time. During that time, Christine worked with students with emotional and behavioral challenges and found clay to be a powerful tool in her classroom. Ceramic studies allowed her class a creative, healing and expressive outlet. Christine carried on her love of teaching into her studio practice by teaching workshops and classes. Christine works intuitively, allowing the sculpture to develop organically from clay coils and slabs of clay. Sculptures are fired multiple times with layers of color applied in a painterly fashion to achieve surface depth and interest. Found objects may be incorporated if they enhance the narrative of the piece. Each piece has its own evolution and story which guides its ultimate form and finish. Christine’s ceramic sculptures can be found in high-end art fairs, exhibitions, gallery representation, private collections, and publications. She is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild and Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Kirsten is a mid-career sculptural artist that has achieved national and international recognition. She has been represented at international art exhibitions such as SOFA, Aqua: Art Miami, Art New York, Art Wynwood, Chromatica Rome, and Art Manila, among others; and, her museum representation includes Museo MACRO, Testaccio in Rome, Italy and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. She also has curatorial experience in figurative and ceramic exhibitions. Her current focus has been to collaborate with other artists and community partners in order to create a more immersive exploration of themes. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, the Addams Family Foundation, and Cafesjian Foundation.
Refunds/exchanges can not be given for visiting artist workshops unless workshop is cancelled by Townsend Atelier.