August 30 – September 12, 2020
Exploring large building techniques and the elements of character, expression, and spontaneous gesture.
Sculpture. Non beginners
A chance to see and understand the entire working process of one of the most interesting figurative ceramic sculptors. Beth Cavener will cover a range of practical technical information about working in clay and examine the logistics of creating large figures. She will discuss how to transfer ideas and meaning visually and how to tackle elements of gesture and expression with the goal to convene something vital and unique.
Cavener will demonstrate her building technique and how to animate gesture, the anatomy of expression, and the nuances that imply a narrative and give voice to inner psychological states projecting aspects of humanity. She will cover a range of practical technical information about her unusual method of working with a solid mass of clay, afterwards hollowing each part of the sculpture down to the skin, before reassembling the entire piece. With subtle shifts in line and form she achieves dynamic, emotionally charged expression.
Students will work in their own conceptual framework, creating maquette and from there one or more pieces, applying the technical methods and the firing and finishing options in their work. Lectures and PowerPoint presentations will be given during the workshop to elaborate on a variety of topics.
Beth Cavener is a world renowned sculpture artist. Her studio is in Helena, MT. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She teaches workshops only occasionally and this is the third time she returns to La Meridiana. “The sculptures I create focus on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface they embody the impacts of aggression, territorial desires, isolation, and pack mentality.” www.followtheblackrabbit.com
DATE: August 30 – September 12, 2020
LEVEL: Sculpture. Non beginners
TOTAL PRICE: EURO 3300
DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 900
The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 400 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings
Payment and Cancellation policy
A deposit is required upon registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the on-line payment of the deposit. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed upon accreditation of the deposit in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.
You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will the deposit fully refunded. No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, the deposit will be transferred to the new course.