This five-day workshop encourages students to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Students are invited to think about subjects, shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop for realization.
Using unusual techniques developed by Geoffrey to overcome construction challenges, each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools such as various drills, saws, and sanders.
We will look at selecting and designing pedestals and stands for artwork. We will also learn how to making patinated and painted tin to add age and color to various forms.
A broken bent tree branch, bleached from sun and rain, makes me think of weathered bones: fingers, legs, backbone, and hip bone. Old stained strips of cloth act like bandages and clothing, hiding and holding it all together. Sculpted wax covers the frame and joints of wood. Found and lost objects assembled into curious and evocative shapes is what excites me.
When I am making objects, I think of model airplanes made of balsa wood, then covered in thin transparent paper. Or I see decoys and shapes made to attract wild animals. I visited a museum in Alaska that had drawers filled with toys that had been put together, used and collected from previous cultures. I also think of a forest of tall, dark trees covered in moss and moisture, a silent, meditative place.
Geoffrey Gorman has been leading workshops, hosting panel discussions, and giving presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty five years. With his extensive background in the arts, he brings a unique, humorous and fresh perspective on the world of artists, galleries and the business of art.
Geoffrey currently is a practicing artist, creating his original found material sculptures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He shows his work around the United States and had also exhibited in China and South Korea. Over the last several years his unique sculptures have been written about in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth, Paper, scissors. Geoffrey has been leading workshops, hosting panel discussions, and giving presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty five years.
Growing up on an old plantation in the country outside of Baltimore, MD, he refers to a “Huck Finn-like” environment; old quarries, woods filled with animals, dilapidated barns and fallen houses. Geoffrey was surrounded by a wide variety of animal and human characters.
Going to a variety of art colleges eventually led Geoffrey into designing and building contemporary furniture. From there he became a gallery dealer, curated shows, was an art consultant and coach for artists before becoming a full time artist.
Weeks before the workshop I would like to correspond with each participant to see what you are interested in making while we are all together. Please think about creating something on the smaller side for your first piece. Day 1Introduction to found object art in the 20th century. We will look at each student’s individual motivation for making art, finding his or her own unique voice, and the particular soul or voice of the materials selected.
DEMONSTRATION How to use large power tools safely. Use of the foam block will be demonstrated, including transferring drawings, cartoons of artwork onto surface. Cutting and shaping of form.
Day 2 We will look at why we work with alternative materials and what they mean to each of us and how they speak to the viewer. DEMONSTRATION Cutting and gluing canvas to form. Thinking ahead to any appendage that needs added strength in foam, etc. learning use of rasp, coping saw. Designing and constructing added appendages to foam, such as arms, legs, etc. Adding wire to canvas and tacking it down. Adding eyes, ears, other details to complete sculpture.
Day 3 Discussion of inspirations and influences in the artistic process. DEMONSTRATION Pedestals and stands. Patinating tin to add age and color. We will discuss and look at different ways to present and show sculptures. I will construct a pedestal made from a wood base. Then I will cover it with metal and complete it. Working with bundles of sticks to make body forms, aritures, limbs, etc. How to bandsaw out details like heads and extremities. How to construct legs, wings, etc. How to spray the finish on completed piece for protection from deterioration.
Day 4 Taking the artist’s voice outside the studio-defining a clear vision. DEMONSTRATION Using alternative materials such as bike tires, inner tubes and lead to cover forms and bases. How to attach them, and what to use to adhere them to forms. How to stain and rust completed project with a simple solution.
Day 5 The big picture, what we learned and where to go from here. All work will be completed and each student will be asked to make a short presentation of what they have learned and what they have created in the class. Specific attention will be given to articulating the voice of material.Each student is asked to bring a box of construction material and found objects that they are attracted to. Be prepared to share some your materials with the class. Also bring a notebook with drawings, photographs and inspirations that will help in fabricating your work. Here is a list of supplies and tools. (The links are to suggested sites that have good prices.)
Day 5 The big picture, what we learned and where to go from here. All work will be completed and each student will be asked to make a short presentation of what they have learned and what they have created in the class. Specific attention will be given to articulating the voice of material.Each student is asked to bring a box of construction material and found objects that they are attracted to. Be prepared to share some your materials with the class. Also bring a notebook with drawings, photographs and inspirations that will help in fabricating your work. Here is a list of supplies and tools.
MATERIALS LIST (The links are to suggested sites that have good prices.)
Each student must register individually. Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).
Cancellation Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all monies paid will be refunded in full. The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. Students will receive a full tuition refund only in the event that Sedona Arts Center cancels the course.
“Geoffrey is enthusiastic about the progress of ones project and tactful when necessary. He’s willing to share his ideas as well as his materials…its amazing what solutions he dreams up with the materials at hand. He loves spontaneity and invention. I look forward to each encounter with him so I can watch what Geoffrey will unfold!”