Sculpture Workshop – San Diego Artist Retreat – August 2018

Sculpture Workshop

My next sculpture workshop will be teaching air-dry clay sculpture with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio in Fallbrook the first two weekends in August.  A number of spaces are already taken.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior

Sculpture Medium – Air-Dry Clay

Air-dry clay does not require kiln firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated and an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects or hung. It can also be reworked once dry.

I presently have a sculpture with air-dry clay at the San Diego Botanic Garden for 2018-2019.

Fine Art Sculpture, Face the Wind, Julia S. Rasor
Face the Wind, Julia S. Rasor

I sold four air dry clay sculptures at the last Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) show in Chicago.

Below are some examples of wall sculptures:

Fine Art Sculpture, Surf Goddess and Sun Goddess, Julia S. Rasor, air-dry clay, canvas, painting, wall sculpture
Surf Goddess and Sun Goddess, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture
Tom, Dick, and Harry, Julia S. Rasor
Tom, Dick, and Harry, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture
Fine Art Sculpture, Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, rock climber figures, clay
Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are examples of standing sculptures on found objects:

Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Navigating the Slippery Slope, Julia S. Rasor
Navigating the Slippery Slope, Julia S. Rasor

Sculpture Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor/Scientist

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: 4 days: August 4, 5, 11, 12, 2018

Instruction Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Materials are provided and tools loaned. Bring found objects to incorporate and to use as a base for your sculpture (optional).

Cost: $250

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.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 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.

Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

San Diego Artist Retreat studio, fine art sculpture
San Diego Artist Retreat studio workshop
View of avocado grove from studio San Die
View of avocado grove from studio San Diego Artist Retreat

Instructor’s Background

As a medical device inventor and entrepreneur (inventing the tools that physicians use, www.MedicalDevice.com), Julia S. Rasor explores materials and often uses found artifacts in her sculpture that will both, convey topics she is passionate about and preserve time, resulting in a unique, expressive body of work (www.FineArtSculpt.com).

Julia merged her art and science careers – it not uncommon to see her fearlessly experiment with a wide range of media and subjects resulting in sculptures that emanate both dark and light emotion – Yin and the Yang.  Her background is published in

The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook 2016 feature: pages 56-59.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S. Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Julia S.Rasor

Her sculpture series include world events (The Recession and Modernism), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Avante-Garde), nudes, dancers, warriors, guardians, and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens, a fractured alien).

Her works can be seen at the San Diego Botanic Garden and other public venues and galleries.  Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours.

 

 

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Students’ Works, Wax to Bronze Workshop – Next Workshop Begins Aug 13, 2016

Julia S. Rasor’s Wax to Bronze Workshops

Group and private workshops were completed in June and I am pleased to present some of the students’ works in wax (soon to be bronze masterpieces) in the section below.  Stay tuned for photos of the artists with their final finished bronzes!

My next Wax to Bronze figure workshop begins Saturday August 13 – see information below.  I have prepared a demonstration piece for the class titled Summoning FractAlien – see more photos of this sculpture below.

Fine Art Sculpture, wax to bronze, Summoning FractAlien, Julia S. Rasor, front
Summoning FractAlien, wax, Julia S. Rasor, front

June 2016 Workshop

Students’ Works

Students completed their wax figures taught at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in De Luz Heights.

Rasor-Wax to Bronze workshop studio
Rasor-Wax to Bronze workshop studio

Very remarkably, for some, this was their first figurative sculpture, for all, their first wax – wax is a more challenging medium than clay.  Students chose a variety of subjects including hanging, active, and static sculptures of various sizes and both genders.

Here are some of my students finished sculptures.

Students' Works, Rasor Workshop-Vesuvio, Diane O'Bannon, 2016, rt
Vesuvio, Diane O’Bannon, 2016, wax

 

Vesuvio, a muscular runner on a stone base, by Dianne O’Bannon (note wax underfoot temporarily placed to photograph figure on base).

Students' Works, Rasor Workshop-Uplifted, Reba H. Lemmons, 2016, wax
Uplifted, Reba H. Lemmons, 2016, wax

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uplifted, a lady with a textured surface suspended from a found hook base, by Reba H. Lemmons.

 

 

 

 

 

Students' Works, Rasor Workshop-Use No.2 FIlm, Wendy M. Johnson, wax, 2016
Use No.2 Film, Wendy M. Johnson, 2016, wax

 

 

Use No. 2 Film, the sculptor’s  husband taking a selfie with a cell phone standing on a family Brownie Camera base, by Wendy M. Johnson.

 

 

 

 

I am very proud of these students’ works and look forward to seeing where they go from here.

 


Instructor’s Background

More of the instructor’s sculpture can be seen at RasorsSculptures.com.  As background, Julia has a number of awards for her works including First Place in Ceramics twice at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Fine Art Exhibit (4th largest fair in North America), Honorable Mention at the 5th Annual Fallbrook Art Center Artists Guild Show for her limited edition bronze Chopper Chick (presently at Brandon Gallery), a life-size steel mesh sculpture on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, and four curated sculptures for the PHYSIQUE Exhibition at the Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego – Opening Reception tonight.

 


Fine Art Wax to Bronze Workshop

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.

Fine Art Sculpture, Summoning FractAlien, Julia S. Rasor, wax, lt
Summoning FractAlien, Julia S. Rasor, wax, lt

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.

Fine Art Sculpture, Summoning FractAlien, Julia S. Rasor, wax, face rt
Summoning FractAlien, Julia S. Rasor, wax, face rt

 

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.

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (workshop instructions and retreat directions provided to registered students)

Dates:

Sculpting: 3 Saturdays August 13, 20, 27, 2016;

Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 4-6 weeks from August 27 – dependent upon foundry schedule

Time:

Sculpting: 9:30am – 2:30pm, sack lunch

Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Fine Art Sculpture, Wax to Bronze, Precarious Situation, Julia S. Rasor
Precarious Situation, Julia S. Rasor, wax on found object base

Workshop Total Cost $555, includes:

Instruction, wax, and tools: $355, plus

Foundry materials and labor cost to sprue, coat, fire, cast, clip, weld, grind, sandblast, patina, and mount on base (group discount from foundry for class): $200

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.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 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.

Fine Art Sculpture, Finding Balance, Julia S. Rasor, wax
Finding Balance, Julia S. Rasor, wax

 

 

Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

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50 TO WATCH Publication – Closing Reception May 14, 2016

50 TO WATCH

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.

2016 50 TO WATCH CATALOG, Julia S. Rasor
2016 50 TO WATCH CATALOG, Available for Purchase at Closing Reception

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.

Jurors

Jenna S. Jacobs – Curatorial Manager of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Christine Knoke Hietbrink – Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator of Mingei Int’l Museum

Sculpture Accepted

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.

Fine Art Sculpture aacpted, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIne Art Sculpture accepted, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, head
Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, rib cage

 


 

“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.

Fine Art Sculpture, Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor

As with these two sculptures, Julia frequently incorporates discarded found artifacts transforming her sculpture into edgy new fine art that retains a history.

Press Release

The full Press Release of the 50 TO WATCH program is below:

EXHIBIT PUTS SAN DIEGO ARTISTS IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
50 visual artists showcase San Diego’s diverse creative talent Continue reading 50 TO WATCH Publication – Closing Reception May 14, 2016

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