Working with Clay Master Sculptor - David Turner at Texart

The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation and The Society of Animal Artists present their first Workshop collaboration : May 22 - 27 on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas

The first photo shows Sculpture Instructor- David Turner, working on one of his popular sculptures, called "Otter Curiosity".

It is a relatively simple composition that does not require an armature. During the workshop I will demonstrate various ways to manipulate, define and soften lines in clay. I will show the students how I use my fingers and various modeling tools to achieve a desired finished look in clay.

Notice the wrinkles in the skin of the Otter's upper body and arm as its attention is drawn to its right.

This second photo shows David working on "Rising Rainbow". Here I use a stylized support to lift the fish above the rocky base and add movement. There are a variety of textures in the clay of this sculpture. An important part of this class will be my assisting the student to help them create various textures in clay. This sculpture has an armature consisting of aluminum wires fastened to a plywood base. The fins are cut out of copper flashing and inserted into the body of the fish.

Here I used an adjustable pipe armature for the support of the body with aluminum wire for the slender legs and bill of my sculpture... "Greater Yellowlegs".

As a sculptor, David Turner is interested in a wide range of wild animal subjects. Instead of requiring all of the students to work on the same subject during this week, I look forward to working with the students on a subject that they are excited about. This way, the entire class will pick up tips on working in clay on a wide variety of animal subjects.

During the class, I will spend one-on-one time with each student as I "float" around the studio. At times, I will ask the class to gather around a particular student's sculpture to help point out a technique that I feel is important for the entire class to be exposed to. I often work "hands on" with a portion of a student's sculpture, to help show a particular technique or to clarify how I would handle a segment of the sculpture.

This sculpture class will not be a completion, but will have an atmosphere of a mutual learning and growing experience.

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