Posted by: groundsforsculpture | April 8, 2010

10th Anniversary Workshop This Weekend,April 10th. Walter Dusenbery by Aylin Green, Artist and Instructor

10th Anniversary Workshop: Elizabeth Strong- Cuevas

By Aylin Green, Artist and Instructor

Photo and article from our March workshop 

While the greater Princeton area was abused by wind and rain on Saturday, March 13, 2010, an intimate group of art educators and enthusiasts stayed warm and dry during the Anniversary Celebration Workshop held in the Grounds For Sculpture education classroom. This was the third in the series of 10 workshops focusing on the life and work of artists who have exhibited their work at Grounds For Sculpture during the last 10 years. GFS Board Member Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas was the spotlighted artist and our group included fans, as well as those who had not yet been acquainted with her work.


We started by looking at images of her work, including some ink drawings that Strong-Cuevas has exhibited, and talked about the different materials, techniques, and common themesA presentation about her background was followed by two short but insightful video clips that feature the artist discussing her techniques and ideas and working on her sculptures – the perfect introduction to the hands-on component of the workshop where we created our own cosmic heads out of microcrystalline wax.


Before getting to the wax, we warmed up with some brush and ink drawings on rice paper, exploring different abstracted head forms. Each student selected one drawing to translate into three dimensions and built a wire and aluminum foil armatureThe wax, which was melted and then cooled to different degrees of viscosity using old crock pots, was then glopped on to the forms. After the first layer of wax was applied, we continued to build up forms and dimensionality with succeeding layers. Finally, we experimented with different finishing techniques such as using a quilting iron to heat and smooth the wax.


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