Art of the Figure in Clay
Teacher: Allison Zimmer
Mat Fee: $30
Cost: $230 or $210 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
This class will focus on the figurative aspect of clay. We welcome both beginners and those with established skills. Beginners will be fully supported and no prior art experience is required (seriously!). We will explore both realistic and abstract approaches to depicting the human figure.* Covering both classical and modern influences, we’ll examine ancient Roman busts and various periods up through to the modern sculpture of Brancusi. We’ll do some really fun stuff including carved reliefs, miniatures and life size busts along with many quick warm-up creative exercises and activities. Each class will include an art historical example and a new or continued art project. Come learn about the history of the figure in this fabulous hands-on experience!
*Any models in class will be fully clothed with the majority of the assignments on the head, neck and hands.
Allison went on to work for a production potter exhibiting at Disney Village in Orlando, Florida and attended Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina. She pursued a degree in clay, attending the Kansas City Art Institute and graduating with a BFA in Ceramics in 2001. She later pursued the problem of craft while enrolled as a graduate student in Art History at the University of Missouri. Since moving to LA in 2006 Allison has been throwing pots, teaching at various schools and studios and writing about art, including assignments for Craft in America, Review Magazine and the Archie Bray Foundation. Allison currently teaches clay to adults at Berman Ceramic Arts in North Hollywood. She has also worked in various ceramic art galleries including Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Red Star Studios in Kansas City and the Frank Lloyd Gallery in Los Angeles. Her studio is currently located in Lancaster, CA, where she throws, hand-builds and casts to her hearts content with her budding studio assistant, Marina.