TLC Workshops Presents: Expressive Sculpture and Maquettes Class with Tim Bruckner – May 2015
November 4, 2014

 Well,  I know what I want for Christmas now!  Master sculptor Tim Bruckner is teaching a 3 day class on ‘Expressive Sculpture and Maquettes” as part of the TLC Workshops program next May in Washington.   The class is limited to just 14 students, and I would LOVE to be one of those 14!

Pre-registration starts tomorrow.  See all the details below.

Expressive Sculpture and Maquettes with Tim Bruckner
Fri-Sun, May 8-10
$580 ($30 materials fee)
Renowned sculptor, Tim Bruckner shares the process of creating a 1/2 life size portrait focusing on character and expression – ideal for illustrators, animators and sculptors alike. This workshop is sponsored in part by the Chavant Clay Company, providing clay, tools and supplies.
Day #1 will cover building a reliable armature, handling clay, and getting the basic structure of the head established.
Day #2 covers sculpting techniques, tool manipulation, creating form, shaping and imbuing the character with feeling. We will focus on telling your character’s story by sculpting a defined, readable expression.
On Day #3 clay work will be completed. We will discuss molding and casting methods for expanded projects. We’ll photograph our completed sculpture under different lighting conditions and angles and then translate this information to sketches using our maquettes.

Experience level: all.
Medium: Chavant clay.
Limit: 14 students.
Registration opens November 5th,
Noon PST.
Classes will be held at the Arts Umbrealla

Country Village

23732 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

(Directions and map to Arts Umbrella Here).

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