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Calder-Inspired Wire Sculptures Workshop

Posted May 3rd, 2018  |  By A4A.admin

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On Sunday, May 20 CSMA is hosting the Calder-Inspired Wire Sculptures workshop with Zoya Scholis. Zoya has been teaching around the Bay Area for over a decade. Learn more about her process and get an inside look at her upcoming workshop.

Zoya Scholis, Local Artist and Art Workshop Instructor

We learned a little bit about you and your work in our previous blog post. Why did you choose Alexander Calder as an influence for this workshop?

I have two reasons, one is that a playful attitude is worth cultivating and two, the use of line (wire) as enough to communicate subject matter, feeling, and even movement is quite inspiring.

What types of materials will the students work with?

We will be providing bendable wire, needle nose pliers, goggles and well fitting leather gloves.

Describe the types of pieces that students could make. What kind of subjects work best for the projects in this workshop?  Should students bring any references?

Three-dimensional portraits and animals work best. Bringing references are completely optional.

What skills will students learn in this workshop?

Students will learn contour drawing, crimping, coiling, eye and hook clasps, and that playful attitude I mentioned!

Anything else you’d like to talk about?

Alexander Calder once said, “to an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.”  I find this quote inspiring as it frees us from perfectionism.

Also, Manna Gallery in Oakland is hosting my solo watercolor show, Stria from May 11 to June 16th. The Manna Gallery is part of the Oakland Art Murmur collective. You can also visit my website and check out my work here.

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