Sunday, 22 January 2012

#141 In the Field: Bird anatomy and sculpture workshop con't . . .

Sandy critiquing student work
Tomorrow morning my 2012 Scottsdale Artists' School
bird anatomy and sculpture workshop begins.  As I mentioned
in yesterday's blog, this is an important "in the field"
experience as I stay in touch with the basics.

I will begin the workshop with a discussion about bird anatomy, aerodynamics and achieving the illusion of movement 
of  birds in flight. I will discuss the difference between a technically adequate piece of work and one with spirit and life.  I will emphasize the value of lost and found edges and how good composition and an expressive surface convey a feeling of movement, rhythm, light and emotion. 

Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the essence of the bird. Above all, movement, gesture, and anatomy are the focus. Instruction includes building bird armatures. Students will work from field guides, photography, drawings, and taxidermy mounts.  
Artists in other mediums are welcome in this workshop as well as beginners. 

Hay Bay
19"H 25"W 14"D
Hay Bay
19"H 25"W 14"D

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Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott and Trish

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