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SCULPTING THE HUMAN HEAD: SELF PORTRAIT is a 4 week workshop with artist Natalie Ryan!

During this class you will learn a number of sculpting techniques working with clay to create a self-portrait.  Using reference photos of yourself, a mirror and anatomical reference materials of skeletal structures and surface muscles, you will learn how to build the human head. The head will be sculpted in solid clay, however towards the end of the workshop you will cut the head in half and learn how to hollow and rejoin the head in preparation for offsite firing.  This will allow you to keep the finished ceramic work.

Please note although you will be shown how to prepare and dry your work for firing, the work will need to be dried and fired offsite at the cost of the student.

Begins Saturday 15th May
4 weeks
1 – 4pm
Tutor: Natalie Ryan
$460 / $420 Concession

Beginners to experienced, all welcome.

– Photographs of yourself from the front, back, top, and both profiles
– With close ups of eyes, nose, mouth and ears if possible, but you can also use a mirror
*It’s highly recommended the photographs are printed out at A4 size rather than using your phone as they may get wet while you’re working

– All sculpting tools and clay
– Mirrors, spray water bottles
– Tea, coffee machine and refreshments

Natalie Ryan’s practice explores themes that surround the aesthetic representation of the cadaver and natural sciences throughout history and their inclusion in contemporary art.  Drawing from existing methodologies used for displaying these elements, she is interested in the process of imaging the natural world and the exchange between science and art that has allowed this.  Ryan has worked with anatomical collections held in the Veterinary Department at the University of Melbourne, undertaken a medical residency at Monash University Gippsland and lectured in Anatomical Drawing working with human cadavers at Monash University.  Ryan holds a PhD at Monash University Imaging the Dead: The Cadaver in Western Culture and Contemporary Art.

Recent exhibitions include Imaging the Dead at Linden New Arts, Curious and Curiouser at Bathurst Regional Gallery, Second Nature presented with Blackartprojects at Second Space Projects, Shifting Skin at China Heights Sydney, Mortem in Imagine curated by Michael Brennan at LUMA and the VAC Bendigo, MAF Platform Pop Up: Cutler and Co curated by Barry Keldoulis at Melbourne Art Fair, Imaging the Dead at MADA Gallery, Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016, Unnatural Selection, curated by Simon Gregg at Gippsland Art Gallery and Pretty in Pink at Linden New Art. Recent residencies and grants include, ArtStart Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria VICARTS GRANTS, Artist in Residence at The University of Melbourne Veterinary Department, Bundanon Studio Residency, Linden Studio Residency Program, Medical and Art Residency at Monash University Gippsland, APA – PhD at Monash University Caulfield and The Pratt Family Scholarship Award.

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