Art 480 Advanced Sculpture is a three-hour class taken by students where they perfect the craft of sculpting.
Professor Matthew Geddes shared the new project they are working on.
“Actually, this project is something I just started doing in my beginning sculpture class,” said Geddes. “Really the point of it is trying to visualize things that are two dimensional and how they will become three dimensional, making that transition in your head between 2D and 3D.”
Professor Geddes says it’s important to think about form and a way to give a proper gesture to your creations, because these animals move in 3 dimensions.
“The gesture of these things is so beautiful when they dance, when they move together,” said Geddes. “All of these forms are trying to capture that gesture. Even though the subject matter has to be greatly simplified, still that gesture, the beauty of that dance, of the wings, of the neck, of the way their feet move, the way of all those lines. That’s what it is really about, is the gesture of it.”
Students also study sculpture. They have access to live models to practice their skills. Kaylin Turley, an Art major shared a bit about the process of sculpting.
“So, it actually starts with a pipe and there’s actually a ball of paper and plastic in the middle,”said Turley “Then we start with the basic cranium, and build the face on it, and then go to the final details.”
Most of the time is spent working on the structure of the features, so they look like their models.
“I like it better than the first couple. Obviously there is still some stuff I can improve,” said Turley.