Acquiring the skill to sculpt in wax rather than clay can cut the time and cost to create a bronze sculpture by one third to one half because only one, rather than two molds is required. Students will make a 6 to 8 inch figure from sculpture wax that will be sent to the foundry to cast a one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture.
The base of the sculpture will be made from the artist’s found object(s) resulting in a piece that is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them.
Constructing the sculpture in the form of a posed figure captures the artist’s emotion and thoughts and projects them into the piece. All experience levels are welcome. Instruction is tailored to individual goals.
Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 4-6 weeks from June 27 – dependent upon foundry schedule
Sculpting: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Workshop Total Cost: $555, includes
Instruction, wax, and tools: $355
Foundry materials and labor cost to sprue, cast, clip, weld, grind, sandblast, patina, and mount on base (group discount from foundry for class): $200
Registration: Email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Registration Form. Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop. Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you. This will be a fairly small group of 8-9 students for maximum one-on-one interaction. Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.
Not your usual art exhibition of beautiful, lighthearted people, pets, flowers, and landscapes. Curator Ruth Jameson was touched by two artists’ expressions of the darker subjects of war, misery, despair, and depression.
Mohammed Al Hamadani – Painter
Jameson says of painter Al Hamadani: “Mohammed just walked into the Gallery last month with some of his work. I was stunned at the depth and the visceral impact of his work. He has made his history a memorable story of what he and his family and fellow Iraqis went through on the night of Shock and Awe which they call the ‘Night of Fire’. This war I believe will go down in our Nation’s history as one of the worst blunders of Foreign adventures ever to ensue. In spite of the fact that we killed over 200,000 thousand Iraqis, they still have hope that we can hope for a better future for both of our Nations.”
Jameson says of sculptor Rasor: “Julia’s works characterize the Human struggle. Whether it exemplifies the economy, international affairs or just our daily lives of trying to live our destinies, the works speak in a very emotional way of our humanness in a world of sorrows and joys.”
Curated by Ruth Jameson, a local Oceanside artist and visionary.
Julia S. Rasor – Sculptor, Medical Device Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Avocado Rancher
The 2016 Edition of The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook published by The Village News came out this month with a feature article about Julia S. Rasor. Editorial writer Sandra Shrader was alerted by a friend of Julia’s that there was a new resident of Fallbrook she might find interesting to interview for the latest Sourcebook.
Medical Device Inventor and Entrepreneur
The feature article covers Rasor’s over thirty year career in the medical device industry where she invents the tools that physicians use – she has numerous patents issued and pending – and is the founder of a number of medical device companies one presently trading on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. Rasor is the inventor of the first ultrasonic contrast agent as well as the application of a medical gas from a nasal dispenser to treat migraine headaches. She has worked for over 60 medical device companies and is still inventing for others in a worldwide think tank and as an advisor assisting other entrepreneurs with starting medical device companies, see www.MedicalDevice.com.
Julia always loved art, only a few years ago she stumbled upon her ability to sculpt. She is versatile in a wide range of media – steel, mesh, ceramics, concrete, plaster, bronze, wax, mixed media – and often incorporates found wood and rusty steel artifacts thus preserving history in her sculpture. Her works have been described as dynamic, edgy and dramatic.
Julia says of her artistic process: “In creating my art, I allow my feeling at the time, and the particular medium, lead my exploration into forms that inspire, provide a feeling or message, or just cause curious wonderment. Most of my life has been spent exploring technical ways to aid the human body; my art allows me to explore and express human emotion”. Her art education has been from numerous professional and public artists in the form of classes, workshops and artistic critiques and advice.
Julia’s focus is on sculpting the human figure. Her interest in this subject arose through her years of study of the human body. She has created a large body of work of figurative sculptures in both representational and abstract styles. Her more recent works are abstract series of transforming spirits of natural materials, mesh forms of industrial materials, and mixed media creations she has named FractAliens.
Her works have been exhibited at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA; Oceanside Museum of Art, Herbert B. Turner Gallery, Del Mar, CA; San Diego Sculptors Guild, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA and Tubac, AZ; The Studio Door gallery North Park San Diego; Encinitas City Hall and Library; Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook Art Center, and Fallbrook Public Library in Fallbrook, CA. New exhibitions are planned at the Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA and the Phantom Gallery, Oceanside, CA. Julia holds Open Studio, Workshop, and Artist Retreat events at her San Diego Artist Retreat located at her Fallbrook Avocado Ranch studio/gallery.
Founder of San Diego Artist Retreat
Rasor continues to found new start-ups. Her most recent is the San Diego Artist Retreat where she has created an art immersion experience. The retreat takes place in Julia’s spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch setting.
Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work. Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.
– Escape and concentrate only on personal creative work
– Be inspired in a beautiful natural setting
– Reflect upon, and refine, your artistic voice
– Restart or redirect your art
– Produce better art by interacting with other professional artists
– Receive input and facilitation
– Experience wholeness creating – scheduled breaks to stretch, do yoga, hike, swim
Rasor’s retreat includes
200+ Haas avocado trees that she has rehabilitated and managed over the last year. She sells her avocados to individuals and Fallbrook’s local restaurants that have said that the fruit is excellent, high oil content, a real boutique avocado.
I have been asked to have my next workshop be teaching found object sculpture. It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook. Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture. Once the workshop is full, additional students will be placed on the cancellation list and list for next class that will be held on Fridays or Saturdays.
This method of sculpture is one I particularly like – when I repaired and remodeled my ranch I kept pieces of weathered steel mesh and rusty worn hardware and incorporated them into a figurative sculpture I mounted on an avocado root from my grove thus creating the sculpture “At the Apex” that preserves the history of my homestead.
Making sculpture in this way is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them in a piece of art – a heritage and memories that can be passed down to family members. Constructing the sculpture in the form of a figure captures the artist’s emotion associated with the gathered objects and projects it into the piece.
All experience levels are welcome. Instruction is tailored to individual goals.
Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor
Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)
Dates: Coming late June 2016
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Materials: Basic materials are provided and large tools loaned.
Registration: Email Julia at email@example.com to receive a Registration Form. Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop. Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you. This will be a fairly small group of 8-10 students for maximum one-on-one interaction. Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.
Julia has a number of awards for her works including two Third Places in Recycled Materials with her Recession Series sculptures “Industrial Plummet” and Industrial Slowdown” and a First Place in Ceramics at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Fine Art Exhibit (4th largest fair in North America).
It has been my experience that sculpture produced in the presence of other sculptors is of higher quality and the creative experience is more gratifying. I would love to have you join us!
San Diego Artist Retreat
An Art Immersion Experience
The workshop will be held at the newly founded San Diego Artist Retreat, the instructor’s mountaintop avocado ranch studio and gallery in the De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook.
The San Diego Artist Retreat setting is a spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch. Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work. Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.
Julia S. Rasor joins fifty visual artists from Greater San Diego juried into 50 TO WATCH by two museum curators. The program offers national exposure for San Diego’s creative marketplace.
The exhibition is at The Studio Door, a North Park gallery at 3750 30th Street, San Diego. Program dates:
Exhibition Dates: April 1 – May 15, 2016
Opening Reception: April 2, 2016 6 PM – 9 PM
Closing Reception: May 14, 2016 6 PM – 9 PM
In addition to the exhibition, a catalog will be published and distributed.
A closing reception and publication launch is scheduled for 6 PM on May 14 at The Studio Door (3750 30th Street, San Diego). Artwork and artist catalogs will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.50toWatch.com or call (619) 255 – 4920.
Jenna S. Jacobs – Curatorial Manager of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Sculptures from two of Julia’s series have been selected for publication, “Tethered Spirit” will be in the exhibition.
“FractAlien Agglomeration” 40″ x 18″ x 12″ which is the first of the FractAlien Series=Fractured Alien. The FractAlien is a creature with an incomplete, fractured skin that can be peered through to see within to the structural skeleton. This sculpture is an agglomeration of various body parts: hand, head, thorax, and foot. The base is found rusty steel. More sculpture from this series can be viewed at FineArtSculpt.com.
“Tethered Spirit” 13″ x 10″ x 5″, a mixed media sculpture from Julia’s Spirit series, represents a rising from wreckage. The base is a found piece of aluminum frame. More sculpture from this series can be viewed at FineArtSculpt.com.
As with these two sculptures, Julia frequently incorporates discarded found artifacts transforming her sculpture into edgy new fine art that retains a history.
The full Press Release of the 50 TO WATCH program is below:
The solo sculpture exhibit displays the works of sculptor Julia S. Rasor of Fallbrook. The sculptures are from Rasor’s Fashion Series which includes life-size sculpture in steel mesh and smaller works in ceramic. The show was curated by stone sculptor Larry Miller of Fallbrook.
For Day 5, I am sharing a work from my Fashion Series “Chopper Chick”. I was inspired by the outfits and characters of the chopper bike crowd (I am a motorcyclist as well but am in the road racer/drag strip crowd).
My Fashion Series sculpture is shown today for the 5/5/5 art challenge which consists of:
5 artworks/ over 5 days/ nominating another artist each day
Day 1 – Accomplished sculptor, Gilda Bronzé. Her work is wonderfully complicated and far reaching.
Day 2 – Manuelita Brown, creates eclectic and authentically personal bronze figurative and portrait sculpture.
Day 3 – Scott Bruckner, an accomplished wood sculptor who focuses on contemporary shapes.
Day 4 – Marta Hotell, a contemporary metal sculptor extraordinaire.
Fashion Series Sculpture – Day 4
For Day 4, I am sharing a work from my Fashion Series “Cirque” referring to Cirque du Soleil. She is a large 17 inch tall ceramic sculpture. “Cirque” has a bright patina radiating like the sun – Cirque du Soleil, translated literally means the circus of the sun.
Cirque evolved out of thoughts of creating a figure that would be entertaining, wild, acrobatic, colorful, and flashing a Cirque du Soleil headdress and costume.