Discover your hidden talents, learn to sculpt at the home of one of America's greatest artists. Create a portrait relief, a design for a new coin, or a figure in the round. Learn how to make a mold, cast your sculpture, and then finish the surface to look like bronze. Classes are co-sponsored by Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Friends of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. The classes are taught by the Sculptor in Residence.
Regular workshops introduce beginners to the basics of the figurative sculpture process and working with clay while providing advanced instruction for those with some experience. Everyone will work on a sculpture of their own.
Special workshops are also inclusive of beginners and advanced students. These workshops are longer in duration (full day option, or multiple sessions) and may require some preparation prior to the class meeting.
Reservations for workshops must be made in advance. Classes usually meet from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Some multi-part classes meet for a full day, 9-12 & 1-4. Clay and tools are provided. Half day class $40, three-part Portrait Head series and the Full Figure series, $240, rubber mold making, $160 (and a possible materials fee). A discount is offered to members of the Friends of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. For more information and to register, contact the park at (603) 675-2175 ext.106
June 22 Eyes, Ears, Noses and Mouths: Modeling the Features
June 29 Ironing Out the Folds: Understanding Drapery in Clay
July 13 The Bas-relief Portrait (two part class - part I)
July 27 Plaster Moldmaking - Special*
August 3 What Lies Beneath: A Study of the Human Skull
August 10 The Portrait Bust (3-Part class, Full Day) - Special
August 17 The Portrait Bust (Part II, Full Day) - Special
August 24 The Portrait Bust (Part III, Full Day) - Special
September 14 From Head to Toe: The Full Figure (Part II Full Day) - Special
September 21 From Head to Toe: The Full Figure (Part III Full Day) - Special
September 28 Sculptural Visions event
October 5, 6 Rubber Moldmaking (Two full days) - Special*
October 12 Plaster Casting and Finishing - Special*
* Active participants will need to bring a relief sculpture from which a simple one piece plaster mold can be made (for Plaster Moldmaking), a finished sculpture (for Rubber Moldmaking), and a rubber mold (for Plaster Casting and Finishing). Please contact the Sculptor-in-Residence with any questions about these items.
Did You Know?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was an artistic advisor for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Calling it the greatest gathering of artists since the Renaissance, he designed the obverse of the Fair’s commemorative medallion.