10 am-5 pm
Instructors: Christine Kosiba & Kirsten Stingle
We are excited to bring this dynamic teaching duo back to Townsend Atelier to teach a clay sculpture workshop focusing on the connection between humans and nature. During the winter months, humanity’s hum is muffled and there is a silence among the bare branches punctuated by bird song. Now is the time to explore the potential communication between humans and birds and the songs we can make together. In this five-day workshop Christine and Kirsten will guide students to develop a narrative celebrating the relationship between those that soar with their bodies and those that soar in their dreams. Kirsten will guide students to build a ¾ life size head using a coil method. She will break down anatomy and proportion in an easy step-by-step approach with handouts that can be taken home for later reference. Expression will be emphasized. Christine will teach students to make a winter owl and a dove. Emphasis will be placed on basic bird anatomy as well as striving to incorporate a sense of movement and lightness.
Kirsten and Christine create a classroom environment focusing on individual attention to help each student achieve their artistic vision and will provide differing sculptural approaches that students can learn from and adopt. This class includes field trips to source found objects to use in our sculpture and Christine and Kirsten will advise students to seamlessly incorporate mixed media after firing.
There will be a lunch break each day. For those who are traveling from out of town, please contact us if you need accommodation recommendations and we will be happy to help.
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About the Instructors:
Christine holds a BA and MA in Education and taught in the public school system for twelve years before pursuing art full time. During that time, she worked with students with emotional and behavioral challenges and found clay to be a powerful tool in her classroom.
“I have always been attracted to the process of sculpting clay; the tactile give and take, the immediate response of the material…. malleable, spontaneous, and filled with infinite possibility. Clay grounds me yet allows my ideas to take flight. It frees me in a way no other medium can. I am greatly influenced by my longstanding love of and curiosity about the natural world. I believe our awareness and respect for our connection to the earth is imperative to our emotional and physical well-being. My latest work incorporates human and animal forms in dream-like figurative pieces that speak to a visceral need and desire that I believe burns in all of us to reclaim this connection. I work intuitively, allowing the sculpture to develop organically from clay coils and slabs of clay. I also work quickly and purposefully leave fingermarks to convey gestural spontaneity. I will often apply multiple layers of colors and treatments, and approach surface finish in a painterly fashion. Found objects may be incorporated to accent, embellish or define the work. Each piece has its own evolution and story which guides its ultimate form and finish.”
In 2023 Stingle’s work was a part of HEY! CERAMIQUE.S at the Museum of La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France curated by Anne Richard, founder of HEY! modern art and pop culture. Stingle will also be curating an exhibition at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts titled “In.Visible.” Over the years, she has been highlighted in the following museum exhibitions: Museo a Cielo Aperto and Museo MACRO of Rome, Italy; Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art; Georgia Museum of Arts and Sciences; Harn Museum and Barton College of Art. Stingle has participated in international high-end exhibitions for more than ten years, including L.A. Art, SOFA, Art Miami: Aqua, Art New York, Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, and Art Palm Springs. Her work is found in the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, the Addams Family Foundation, Cafesjian Foundation, and Windgate Center for Art and Design. Stingle has been highlighted by such publications as Hey! modern art and pop culture, Beautiful Bizarre, What Women Create, Hi-Fructose, and Art Doll Quarterly. She has been chosen as a sculpture finalist for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2020, 2021, and 2022. Stingle has gained curatorial experience as co-curator of the following exhibitions: “Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics;” “Sacred and Profane,” and; “Deconstructing the Conversation.
“My narrative sculptures confront a modern paradox: a globally connected world that heightens individual isolation and a superficial understanding of our place in the world. I strive to cut through feelings of disenchantment by focusing on common threads of the human experience, emphasizing our interconnectedness to the world. My sculptural storytelling creates a dialogue with the viewer, encouraging understanding and fostering relationships of curiosity. I wish for the viewer to be inspired by the wonder of imagination in which they are invited to explore ideas, fears, desires, and other points of view.”
There are no refunds or exchanges for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is cancelled by Townsend Atelier. However, in the event we have a waiting list and are able to fill a cancelled spot, we can provide a refund less a $50 cancellation fee.