Current Art Block: Soapstone

Frances Vig
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Soapstone and Clay Sculpture - Course Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

After sketching different animals focusing on the 'S' curve of their spines, students begin modeling forms in beeswax and clay. Once they have chosen their animal, students choose a soapstone and reshape the movement gesture of that animal so that they see how it emerges from the stone as they carve. This challenging experience requires steady, focused attention to see where stone can be filed or carved. Students reassess their work as it develops and solve problems that arise, all while learning to use a new set of tools and unfamiliar medium. When the form is finished, they use dry and wet sandpaper and polish to seal the stone.