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Monday Evening Sculpture – IN-PERSON with Brandt Junceau

Course Full – please email Registrar Amber Duntley aduntley@nyss.org to join the waitlist.

Course Description

In fall 2021, our notional head from life is still a c1900 Rodin portrait bust. Rodin’s naturalism, which was the fellow traveler of the literature of Zola and Proust, is our default notion of true to life. That is funny– why not the naturalism of Alberto Giacometti, c1965? He was just as keen an observer and much closer to us, or Marino Marini(?), closer yet. We have some catching up to do. What if I were to offer you a brisk walk over the ground from 1900 to 2000? From a single model, we would make a first quick bust ala Rodin, then another as a kind of “visit” to the celebrated studio of Giacometti and third, try out the looser, warmer, character-driven mode of Marini. We could fast forward to the present. The technique is basic throughout. If you have not modelled in clay before, you could start here at the front door and take three terra cottas away with you. We will work from one model throughout, with just a few tools (easily found, or supplied), 11 sessions total, a few slide talks tossed in, plenty of on-topic conversation along the way. Pending safety guidelines, we might even meet sometime at a museum. Whether you have prior experience or not, this class is a conceptual eye-opener. You might just bump into the 21st century portrait bust from life, which for contemporary artists, is a wide-open untried field.

Course Syllabus

 

Teacher

Brandt Junceau

INSTRUCTOR

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