Venue – San Diego Artist Retreat
I have been asked to have my next workshop be teaching air-dry clay sculpture with the incorporation of found objects. It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month.
Medium – Air-Dry Clay
Air-dry clay does not require firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated. In addition, an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects.
Being able to incorporate a variety of materials in a sculpture is a feature I particularly like about air-dry clay. In my travels I collect interesting twisted roots, textured dry desert branches, shells, etc. which I incorporate into sculptures such as in my Spirit Series.
I also attach air-dry sculptures onto found object bases such as with my Willow Spirit sculpture and Rock Climber sculptures.
Making sculpture in this way is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them via their collected artifacts into 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.
Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture. 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: 3 days: September 12, 13, 14, 2017
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).
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 7-9 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.
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 sculpture series include world events (The Recession), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Dancers), and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens). Her 12 exhibitions last year included Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, 50 to Watch, and a Solo Exhibit at Fallbrook Library. This year’s exhibits include Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas City Hall Solo Show, and La Playa Gallery three artist show in La Jolla. Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience for artists and collectors, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours, overnight guests can book a stay in the private casita (Avocado Ranch/Artist Retreat, Private Casita, Pool).