‘Go Big or Go Home’! Creating in Larger Scale with Laura Tabakman

This class will be about sculpture and the exploration of installations. We’ll be creating in larger scale, with an eye toward polymer installations. Basically, thinking about taking ownership of a space using polymer clay. Laura was one of the movers and shakers of “Into the Forest”, a very successful traveling show that drew from the community to create a multi room display of polymer art.

In this mixed-media class we will create three-dimensional polymer clay elements to incorporate into sculptures and installations. We’ll talk about materials, including recycled ones, use of space, visual and physical balance, and movement. What’s the idea: planning versus organic development. We’ll analyze samples and see how different artists create installations.

We’ll talk about how to develop a system, and how by doing that, the same elements can be used in different configurations, at different scales, with different materials, to create jewelry, sculpture, or installations.

Students will learn how to make translucent-based canes, sculpting techniques, some liquid clay techniques, and how to incorporate wire. The last step will take us through different approaches to assemble the polymer and wire elements and combine them with the support materials.

You may not think you want to work big and fill a whole room with pods, but who is to say it can’t become a spectacular necklace. You will have the skills….thanks to Laura!

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