This is an introductory course in which students will develop the foundations of design and woodcarving, focusing on the local cultural perspectives of creating decorative functional implements. Students will explore regional Northwest Native design, and examine masks, paddles, figures, rattles, spindle whorls, and combs from local traditions as inspiration to their own concepts and designs.
Practicing physical distancing guidelines, students will carve their own 3D sculptures, each one unique to the individual's identity, culture and/or personal creative expression. If conditions allow, this course will be one evening class and two intensive weekends (Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday, Sunday from 9am-5pm); During the first intensive weekend, students will learn basic carving skills making a cedar feather and begin rough shaping their sculpture using both contemporary and traditional Northwest coast carving tools. The second and final intensive weekend students will use their original two-dimensional concept designs and transfer them onto their three-dimensional woodcarvings focusing on more advanced carving and finishing skills.
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Visual arts, cultural studies, Native American studies
$60.00 for carving materials and supplies