Ceramics: Expressive Portraits

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Summer 2017 (First Session)
Credits per quarter

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In this all-level course, we will work to capture an expression/presence with a portrait bust. Our goal will be to make a full sized, fairly realistic bust using photographs in the round. Students will build observational skills as well as learn how to translate two dimensions into three. With a variety of helpful visual aides, handouts, and demos, students will learn the planes of the face, the basic anatomy of the head and neck, and will work to sculpt the features to give the bust a sense of presence. We will use a basic solid building construction method with a steel pipe armature. Students will be introduced to a variety of surface techniques to finish their pieces including textural, fired, and cold surface treatments.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: visual arts, art therapy

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special expenses:

Students should expect to spend $25 for clay, and $20 for basic tools and armature.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Tue/Thu 6- 10 pm