Sculptor-in-Residence

Zuleica and portrait sculpture
Interpretive Ranger Zuleica Gerardo poses with a bust of her created by Sculptor-In-Residence Amanda J. Sisk National Park Service (NPS photo)

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park hosts the oldest continual artist residency program in the National Park Service. Begun in 1969 by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, the presence of a figurative sculptor continues to inform and inspire visitors to this day.

The artist works in the historic Ravine Studio, located at the forest edge overlooking Blow-Me-Up Ravine. Visitors watch the artist work and learn about the process of sculpture. The Sculptor-In-Residence also conducts a series of sculpture workshops. Classes can include portraiture, depicting the natural world, or more advanced classes in mold-making. The program runs annually from June to October. For more information about applying to be a Sculptor-in-Residence, please visit this page: Sculptor-in-Residence Program.

The park’s nonprofit partner, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, continues to support the Sculptor-in-Residency program.

Zoe Dufour - 2020/2021 Sculptor in Residence

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Zoe Dufour rejoins the team at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park after completing a virtual residency from her Northern California home studio in 2020. She is a recognized figurative sculptor with experience teaching. Dufour grew up in Northern California, where she studied under artists Rita Alvarez and Gerald Heffernon. She has studied art at the Ashland Academy of Art, Grand Central Atelier, and Hudson River Fellowship and worked for the prestigious Studio EIS in Brooklyn. Her work has been recognized by the National Sculpture Society, Salmagundi Club, Brookgreen Garden, and American Arts Awards. She describes her artistic motivations below:

As an artist, I explore the beauty and design of nature through the study of the human form.

When I sculpt, I set up a rational framework for a piece through empirical knowledge, which gives appropriate constraints that my intuitive understanding can successfully play within. Intuition needs experience to guide it, and logic is dry without an emotional component. I am trying to achieve sculptures that balance between these modes of processing visual information; the physical and philosophical, form and concept. There is a strong dialogue between practices and thinking, a direct relationship between the hand and head. This balance is echoed everywhere in nature, and is a constant source of inspiration. Potential for tactile, emotional, and physical connections between objects, space, people and nature are what draws me sculpt.

 
 
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Sculpture by Zoe Dufour
NPS Photo

2021 Sculptor-in-Residence,
Zoe Dufour - Instructor

To Register: Email marie_clifford@nps.gov with your full name, email address, phone number and any questions you may have. Marie will provide the link to pay.

Each workshop limited to nine participants at this time.

*For virtual workshops materials are not included; instructor will send link to suggested outlets for clay/tool purchases.

Landscape Drawing, in person at
Saint-Gaudens main site
June 26th Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$25

In this class, we will be drawing the landscape surrounding Saint Gaudens NHP! The class will cover basic comparative measurement in drawing, and how to effectively group light and shadow to create convincing depth in our drawings. We will discuss such effects as atmospheric perspective, and other tools to organize distance in our drawings. We will use toned paper- meaning paper that is not white.

Saint-Gaudens NHP will provide toned paper and pencils. Students may bring their own if they prefer. Students will need to bring gear/clothing for the weather of the day and a water bottle.


Quick sketches from life, in person at Saint-Gaudens main site
July 3rd Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm

$25

In this class, students will be drawing themselves! Each student will take a 5-10 min seat while the class sketches them, everyone will take a turn posing and drawing. It’s a fun and enjoyable way to practice drawing with friends! Feel free to bring props like hats, walking sticks, or other fun wardrobe additions.

We will discuss gesture, line, and mass so that students will be able to quickly indicate the information they are observing from life. We will also cover basic anatomy and structure, so that students have a solid understanding of what they are observing. Students will also be learning how to efficiently subdivid the drawing into compressed tonal values that give the sketch depth.

Saint-Gaudens NHP will provide paper and pencils. Students may bring their own if they prefer. Students will need to bring gear/clothing for the weather of the day and a water bottle.


*Portrait sculpture (Virtual zoom class)
Three Part Series: July 10th, July 17th, July 24th 1:00 – 4:00 pm each session

$100 for series

Over three classes, we will sculpt the portrait from photo-references with pre-taken measurements of the model, while learning sculpting techniques informed by antique, Renaissance, and 19th century practices.

Our approach is based around close observation, and an emphasis on anatomical structure and form relationships. Studying form relationships in the portrait will inform students on how to think three-dimensionally, judging likeness with volume and mass, while learning to read depth.

We will cover basic “block-in” technique, learning how to accurately establish the large relationships of the portrait, before moving on to modeling and finishing techniques for clay.

The class will include sculpting demonstration, constructive critiques, and lecture. No experience is necessary, teaching will be tailored to individuals.

We will be using a ceramic slab-building technique to construct the portraits, so that students will not need to use an armature.

The class will be held via Zoom, and participants will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer with camera to participate.

Recommended tools:
-“Knife like" wooden modeling tool
-clay needle tool
-medium sized paintbrush or sponge
-spray bottle
-plastic bag (to wrap sculpture up in-between classes)
-small tupper-ware or bowl
-cutting board or other water resistant surface to sculpt on


Portrait sculpture, in person at Saint-Gaudens Blow-Me-Down Farm
Three Part Series: August 7, August 14, August 21 1:00 – 4:00 each session
$120 for series

Over three classes, we will sculpt from a live model, while learning sculpting techniques informed by antique, Renaissance, and 19th century practices.

Our approach is based around close observation, and an emphasis on anatomical structure and form relationships. Studying form relationships in the portrait will inform students on how to think three-dimensionally, judging likeness with volume and mass, while learning to read depth.

We will cover basic “block-in” technique, learning how to accurately establish the large relationships of the portrait, before moving on to modeling and finishing techniques for clay.

The class will include sculpting demonstration, constructive critiques, and lecture. No experience is necessary, teaching will be tailored to individuals.

We will be using a ceramic slab-building technique to construct the portraits, so that students will not need to use an armature.

Saint-Gaudens Park will have an assortment of tools available and supply participants with clay for this course.

Students may choose to have their pieces fired after this class if they wish- Tip-Top Pottery in White River Junction has very reasonable rates and is about a 20 min drive from the park.

Recommended tools:
-“Knife like" wooden modeling tool
-clay needle tool
-medium sized paintbrush or sponge
-spray bottle
-plastic bag (to wrap sculpture up in-between classes)
-small tupper-ware or bowl
-cutting board or other water-resistant surface to sculpt on


Botanical Press Reliefs, Cast in Plaster, in person at Saint-Gaudens Blow-Me-Down
August 28, Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$40


In this class, students will select botanical elements ( we will provide the students with options, students are also welcome to bring additions from home ) and arrange them into a beautiful composition on a clay slab.

We will press the arrangement in and make a simple mold to cast our designs in pottery plaster.

Students will learn basic mold making and learn how to effectively work with plaster as a medium.

Each student will leave the class with a plaster botanical cast of their own making!

It is recommended for students to wear clothes they don’t mind getting messy, aprons, or smocks.


Introduction to Sculpting a Bas Relief Portrait in Profile ( Virtual Zoom Class)
Two Part Series: September 11, September 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm each session
$80 for series

Over two classes, students will learn how to create a relief sculpture.

Students will supply of the person they would like to sculpt (taken in profile. Reference image and instructions for photographing the reference will be provided), and in this class we will use the photo to sculpt a Bas Relief.

We will discuss how to effectively compress 3-dimensional depth to create convincing space within the relief. We will discuss form hierarchy, why some forms will be more pronounced in relief, and others less so.

Students will learn basic principles of perspective in addition to clay modeling and finishing techniques.

The class will be held via Zoom, and participants will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer with camera to participate.
Recommended tools:

-2 lb chavant sulfur-free plastalina (or comparable oil-based clay)
-thin sharpie marker
-clear sheet of plastic (like zip-loc bag)
-“Knife like" wooden modeling tool
-clay needle tool
-medium sized paintbrush or sponge
-spray bottle
-plastic bag (to wrap sculpture up in-between classes)
-small tupper-ware or bowl

Last updated: June 8, 2021

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