Posted by: groundsforsculpture | October 2, 2011

Fall Workshops 2011

By Cassandra Demski, Curator of Education

Welcome fall with these upcoming workshops and events at Grounds For Sculpture!  Our workshops are a great opportunity to try your hand creating art under the instruction of local artists.  Explore new art materials and techniques and surprise yourself with your creativity. Space is limited in the workshops — don’t miss out — register today! And for teachers, professional development certificates can be provided for art workshops upon request.

On Saturday, October 8th we are holding our annual PUMPKIN CARVING DEMONSTRATION.  Do you love carving pumpkins and want to learn intricate carving methods? Come watch Ashley Campbell, pumpkin carver extraordinaire, work her magic. She employs the “surface sculpted” technique of carving away the outside layer to reveal the fleshy interior to design a “ghoulish” face. This event begins at 2pm and is free with park admission.

On Friday, October 14th Grounds For Sculpture is partnering with the International Sculpture Center to present a panel discussion about the topic PUBLIC SCULPTURE: CREATING COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL VITALITY.  The ISC and GFS bring you an interactive panel discussion exploring the dynamic processes and constructive relationships that form when sculpture becomes part of a community.  The knowledgeable and experienced panelists will share their perspectives on the best practices in public sculpture creation and the positive effects that public art has on community vitality. For event and registration information, visit, call 609.689.1051 ext 302 or email   This event runs from 2-5pm and costs $15 to attend.

On Saturday October 22, GFS is hosting our first ever PUMPKIN CARVING WORKSHOP from 2-4pm.  This is a great workshop to enjoy with your family members.  Learn how to create custom designs to set your jack-o-lanterns apart from the rest. Under the guidance of Ashley Campbell, families will work together on pumpkins ready for carving.  Patterns, pumpkins and specialized tool kits will be provided. Space is limited! To register, please call 609.586.0616.  $65 GFS Members; $75 Non-members.  Materials fee is per family and covers one large pumpkin and tools.


Saturday October 22 is also the first day of our four-week family workshop, BUILDING VESSELS WITH PLASTER BANDAGE from 10:30am-1:30pm Discover how to make large vessels using plaster bandages from Artist-in-the-Park, Clifford Ward.  You’ll find many possibilities using this unique medium.  Emphasis will be placed on the creative process, construction and finishing.  Each duo of student and adult companion will create its own distinctive vessel with guidance from the instructor.  You’ll be surprised by this remarkably versatile material! To register, please call 609.586.0616.  $165 Members; $185 Non-Members.

To round out the month of October, we are offering a HANDMADE JAPANESE PAPER AND BOOK ARTS WORKSHOP STARTING on October 29 and running for 4 weeks from 1-4pm.  Make stunning handmade art papers using time-honored traditional Japanese methods.  In this four-session workshop, you’ll create several one-of-a-kind papers, some of which you will use to create a miniature book which beautifully displays the delicate, translucent papers.   To register, please call 609.586.0616.  $270 Members; $290 Non-Members. 


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