Dreams in Clay: Creating Personal Mythology in the South of France
Dates: 9 September – 15 September, 2019
During this 7 day intensive workshop we will be inspired by and immersed in the beautiful environment of French Riviera. The 7 days will be comprised of both studio time and relevant excursions. Historical sites such as ancient Roman ruins and medieval chapels, as well as daily Mediterranean life, will be investigated and explored. Every day will begin with a demonstration of different hand-building techniques, as well as surface treatments. The ceramic surface will be approached as a canvas; slips, underglazes and the sgraffito technique will be applied to create vibrant, dynamic surfaces of visual storytelling. Dikareva will work with students to help them develop personal iconography, symbols and forms that are significant and meaningful. Students are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks and use them for brainstorming sculpture ideas. We also will be creating maquettes--small-scale models of sculptures--to develop surface ideas. Participants will come away with work that reflects their own unique experience and a deeper understanding of the clay process and the place of creation. This is a perfect place to soak in the scenic wonders of the Riviera, savor the Mediterranean way of life, and channel your creativity! All levels welcome!!
Included: Weekday lunch, materials and firing