Clay and Concrete sculpture workshops are held in Penny’s studio at the ART haus in Whistler BC.

Penny also can travel to your location to host a workshop in your studio.
Everyone is welcome – no previous experience in sculpture is necessary.
Workshops are structured in the relaxed and informative method, creatives of all levels work together at their own pace and receive individualized instruction in a supportive and fun atmosphere.
Workshops are small, typically with 4-6 students, so you will receive extensive feedback and hands-on instruction.

Everyone is welcome – no previous experience in sculpture is necessary. Classes are structured in the traditional atelier method, where students of all levels work together at their own pace and receive individualized instruction in a supportive atmosphere. Classes are small, typically with 4-6 students, so you will receive extensive feedback and hands-on instruction.

Whistler Sculpture Club – Clay/ceramics

This introductory sculpture workshop focuses on animal heads. You will model in clay a 4-5 inch animal feature — an eye, nose, mouth and ear — by following a sketch, or photo of an existing sculpture. You will develop eye training by observing the three-dimensional forms. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of sculpture shape and form.  You will familiarize yourself with working in clay and using sculpture tools. Studio practises we work in clay so the pieces can be fired in a kiln at a later date.

Duration: 1 class per week
Includes: all materials; one block of clay (extra clay available to purchase)
Cost: $300 / month

Sculptural Mosiac Tile – Clay/ceramic

This workshop is geared toward learning the skills to create your own tiles for your kitchen, bathrooms or wall, you will learn secrets to creating customized shaped & sculptural mosaics, that will form a mural. You will learn the layout of design and shapes, to use. The workshop will cover hand building, and tile making as well as under glazes and glaze firing. The workshop will include demos, a group project, and an individual project, that are aimed at increasing the uses of clay as sculptural forms for tiles. No experience necessary!

Duration: 2 classes of 3 hours
Includes: all materials included
Cost: $300

Concrete Sculpture – Skeleton/armature

We will go through the process of designing and building the appropriate armature structure for your sculpture. We will go over many forms and type of inner structure to help them stand rigid – Wire, rebar, metal meshes, and foam will be some of the basic materials utilized.  We start by designing and sketching a sculpture- with a stand from rebar- we bend and attach wire to make a form to be covered with concrete mixture-we use a Portland cement, mixture plus a structural additive and water. A typical carving session is 3 to 4 hours. We make a small sculpture.  Making a vertical piece is much easier than something flat as the material falls away while carving.  This is a full day workshop, open to everyone. The focus will be on mastering basic wiring techniques.

Duration: 5 Hours
Includes: All supplies included
Cost: $500

Intro to Sculpting – Faux Bois Style Concrete

Faux Bois, or “false wood”, is an old and very nearly lost art form in which three-dimensional sculptural representations of wood or wooden objects are created employing a steel and stucco lath armature which is then coated with cement-based media. Sculpting and tooling of the final cement layer creates the illusion of wood grain and bark textures. The level of detail possible is determined by the formulation of the final finish layer.

Duration: 3 Hours
Includes: All materials included
Cost: $300

Private Instruction

Private classes can be arranged for yourself or a small group. Private classes are ideal if you have a specific project in mind that you would like to receive guidance.

Duration: 2 hour minimum – first session
Cost: $100 / hour

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