I just finished my Beginning Sculpture class at JMU. It was a 4-week long condensed Maymester course with my professor, Greg Stewart. I went in with an open mind and was excited to experiment with different media...
The class involved a lot of artistic self exploration with very few stipulations. The projects builded and evolved from our ideas and forms from our previous pieces. Most of my ideas were inspired by bears and wild animals in general and their "place" in the modern and urbanized America. The thing I enjoyed most was learning about how to use different materials and how to manipulate them. I used plaster, a sewing machine, silicone, chicken wire, fabric, and cardboard. My favorite part was learning how to weld! It was challenging because I am not used to having to be exact with making cuts, measurements, and curves. It taught me to be more patient with the process of art making and to enjoy it! I also learned the value of planning before diving headfirst into a project. I definitely want to continue working with sculpture and welding!
Now I am ready to start a few commissions I have lined up for the summer and (hopefully) have time to do some of my own work.
*Pictures of my work from the class are soon to follow.
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