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Little Rock, AR Workshop

Little Rock, AR

2 Day Intensive Portrait Sculpting Workshop

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Host:
The KETZ Gallery

705 Main Street
North Little Rock
Argenta Arts District
Contact: Rhonda Reeves

April 24th & 25th 2010
10am-5pm
*1hr lunch break
Fee $150

Description

Dive into Sculpting the Portrait with a strong foundation. Learn to get a good start everytime by working on a soild process combined with naturalistic techniques to achieve the acuracy you've been striving for.

Karen Cope will be teaching specific methods that will increase your accuracy, focus on anatomy, process and modeling techniques with a naturalistic approach reminiscent of The Old Masters.

Sign up now to secure your spot by contacting Rhonda Reeves at (501) 350-4055 or Email her at rhonda@canvasjunkie.com Register NOW....The first 4 sign-ups gets you a 10% Discount so email or call today!

Also check out www.canvasjunkie.com a great website for artists!
Save the Date! April 24th & 25th 10am-5pm.

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Reception & Q & A with Karen ~

Location:
The Bernice Garden

1401 Main Street
Little Rock, AR

Date: April 22nd
Time: 5:30-7pm

Come join us for a lovely "Sculpt Across America" Reception at the Bernice Gardens. Enjoy a lovely evening with Karen Cope where she is excited to answer all your burning Sculpture Questions!
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Location: The Starving Artist Cafe
Date: Tuesday April 20th, 2010
Time: 11am-1pm

See Karen in action as she sculpts her newest work called "An American Evolution" at the Starving Artist Cafe. Come out, grab a delicious bite to eat and check out this excellent piece and ask as many questions as you'd like.

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors who donated to lower the workshop fee!

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The Baker House Bed and Breakfast
109 West 5th Street
Argenta Arts District NLR, AR
http://www.facebook.com/l/ac1e4;
www.bakerhousenlr.com/
(501) 372-9930

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The Bernice Garden
1401 Main Street
Little Rock, AR
http://www.facebook.com/l/ac1e4;
www.thebernicegarden.org/

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Village Commons
1423 C South Main St.
Little Rock, AR. 72202
http://www.facebook.com/l/ac1e4;
villagecommonslr.com/aboutus.aspx
(501)749-6812
http://www.facebook.com/l/ac1e4;

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The KETZ Gallery
705 Main Street
North Little Rock
Argenta Arts District
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CanvasJunkie.com
Social Networking Site for
Artists Argenta Arts District NLR, AR
http://www.facebook.com/l/ac1e4;
www.CanvasJunkie.com (501) 350-4055

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Questions? Email Karen Cope At figurativesculptor@hotmail.com
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Posted by Karen Cope 09:50 Comments (0)

Dallas, TX Workshop

Dallas, TX

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Host:
The Bonny Studio

214 405-5993
580 W. Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080
www.thebonnystudio.com

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2 Day Intensive Portait Sculpting Workshop

April 9th & 10th 2010
4pm-8pm Friday the 9th
10am-5pm Saturday the 10th
Fee:$225

Description: Dive into Sculpting the Portrait with a strong foundation. Learn to get a good start everytime by working on a soild process combined with naturalistic techniques to ac:hieve the acuracy you've been striving for. Also work with neck and partial torso sculpting as well!

Karen Cope will be teaching specific methods that will increase your accuracy, focus on anatomy, process and modeling techniques with a naturalistic approach reminiscent of The Old Masters.

Reception ~ Free Art Talk ~ Q & A: Check back for more information! We are setting up a reception where you can meet with Karen, talk about sculpting, Techniques, Armatures, Casting and any questions you may have! join us for this cool Free event!

Sign up NOW! The First 4 sign-ups get 10% off the Workshop Fee!

NOTE: This Workshop is filling up Fast! We already have 9 out of 10 sign-ups! If this workshop is fully booked when you call, then we may add another per your request. Call Today!

To secure your spot contact Bonny Leibowitz at (214) 405-5993 or email bonny@bonnyleibowitz.com and go to www.thebonnystudio.com to learn more about this Excellent Art Studio!
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Plano TX
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Collin College, Plano TX
Sculpture Lecture
April 9th 2010
10am-2pm

Host:
Collin College

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano TX
Contact Leslie Laws
(972) 881-5790

Description:

In this lecture we will be talking about Sculpting Techniques, Methods, and how to achieve greater accuracy in your work. Karen will be answering all kinds of questions from Materials, to Armatures, Casting, to her own personal experience as a sculptor. If there is time she will give critiques to anyone who asks for advice on their work.
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Questions? Email Karen at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com

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Posted by Karen Cope 09:22 Comments (0)

Santa Fe, NM Workshop

Santa Fe, NM

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Host:
The Ryder Studio School

Studio #31
Second Street Studios
1807 Second Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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2 Day Intensive Portrait Sculpting Workshop

March 20th & 21st 2010
10am-5pm
*1hr lunch break
Fee $195

Description

Dive into Sculpting the Portrait with a strong foundation. Learn to get a good start everytime by working on a soild process combined with naturalistic techniques to achieve the acuracy you've been striving for.

Karen Cope will be teaching specific methods that will increase your accuracy, anatomy, process and modeling techniques with a naturalistic approach reminiscent of The Old Masters.

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3 Day Figure/Torso Sculpting Workshop

March 23rd, 24th, & 25th 2010
10am-5pm
*1hr lunch break
Fee $295

Description

In this Figure/ Torso Sculpting Workshop you have the option to work a bit smaller and tackle the full Figure or work a bit larger focusing on just the torso. Either way you'll be learning an approach that will lead you to a solid start every time as well as presented with the techniques to achieve the accuracy and naturalism you've been striving for. Karen will be introducing "The Speed in Which Form Turns" as well as "Triangulation" techniques.

Karen will be explaining specific Sculpting Methods that will increase your accuracy, anatomy, process and modeling techniques with a naturalistic approach reminiscent of The Old Masters.

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Register NOW and get a 15% discount for signing up for both workshops!

Sign up now to secure your spot by contacting Karen Cope at
(818) 913-7187 or email her at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com .

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Questions? email Karen at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com

Posted by Karen Cope 08:06 Comments (0)

An American Paradox

The "Sculpture Culture" of the United States

An American Paradox

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A country that loves art, not artists
In a survey of attitudes toward artists in the U.S. a vast majority of Americans, 96%, said they were greatly inspired by various kinds of art and highly value art in their lives and communities. But the data suggests a strange paradox.

While Americans value art, the end product, they do not value what artists do. Only 27% of respondents believe that artists contribute "a lot" to the good of society.

Further interview data from the study reflects a strong sentiment in the cultural community that society does not value art making as legitimate work worthy of compensation. Many perceive the making of art as a frivolous or recreational pursuit.

USA hopes to help close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward artists in society.

Other insights further illuminate the depth of the paradox:

• A majority of parents think that teaching the arts is as important as reading, math, science, history, and geography.

• 95% believe that the arts are important in preparing children for the future.

• In the face of a changing global economy, economists increasingly emphasize that the United States will have to rely on innovation, ingenuity, creativity, and analysis for its competitive edge—the very skills that can be enhanced by engagement with the arts.

As author Daniel Pink posits in his book A Whole New Mind—Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, we have moved beyond the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age. "In short, we've progressed from a society of farmers to a society of knowledge workers. And now to a society of creators and empathizers, of pattern recognizers and meaning makers. . . . We've moved from an economy based on people's backs to an economy built on people's left brains to what is emerging today: an economy and society built more and more on people's right brains. . . . aptitudes so often disdained and dismissed—artistry, empathy, taking the long view, pursuing the transcendent—will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles. It's a dizzying—but ultimately inspiring—change."

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Statistics referenced above provided by Urban Institute, Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists (2003), and Rand Research in the Arts, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (2004)

Posted by Karen Cope 21:01 Comments (0)

Sculpture Culture

What is the Sculpture Culture of The United States?

Sculpture Culture....the way in which a society embraces Sculpture in public places, in their private residences, thru public funding of Sculptors, art centers and art education, the roll & purpose of sculpture in society as well as their perception of the Sculptor.

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Karen’s Mission: To Discover and Document the “Sculpture Culture” of The United States.

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Here are some questions Karen will be asking on the road trip to discover what the average american thinks about Sculpture, Sculptors and the Roll of Sculpture and Art in their lives.

• What is sculpture to you?
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• What first comes to mind when asked about sculpture? Classical? Figurative? Abstract?
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• What Sculptures or Sculptors do you know of off hand?... Michelangelo, Bernini, Xavier Messerschmidt, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Edgar Degas, Henry Moore, Fredrick Remington, Barbara Hepworth, Marino Marini, Isamu Noguchi, or Ron Mueck?
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• Would they or have they bought a sculpture for their home, garden or business?
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• Do they like public sculptures? Which ones are they familiar with in their area?
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• Do they know any working sculptors?
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• Have they ever taken a sculpting class or did any sculpting in school growing up?
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• Who is buying sculpture?
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• Can the average citizen afford a sculpture for their homes?
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• What would you tell your child if they wanted to be a sculptor when they grew up?
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• How much should a sculpture cost?
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• Have you ever been to a gallery? Or sculpture park?
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• What should sculptors earn in a year?

All these questions and more will hopefully be answered on this Ultimate Sculpting Road Trip. If you have questions you want Karen to ask email them to figurativesculptor@hotmail.com .

Michelangelo

Michelangelo


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Xavier Messerschmidt

Xavier Messerschmidt


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Rodin

Rodin


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Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel


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Edgar Degas

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Henry Moore


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Fredrick Remington

Fredrick Remington


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Botero

Botero


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Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth


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Isamu Noguchi

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Ron Mueck


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."Sculpture Culture" in Dublin Ireland
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A good example of a unique "Sculpture Culture" is in Dublin Ireland. The Irish really have a love and connection as well as a good sense of humor for their public works. They were very proud to introduce me to all their funny and beloved nicknames to all of their public sculptures around town, and there is a lot of sculpture in Dublin.
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The Spire is know as “The Stiletto in the Ghetto”, “The Nail in the Pale”, “The Pin in the Bin”, “The Stiffy at the Liffey”, and “The Rod to God”.

The Spire is know as “The Stiletto in the Ghetto”, “The Nail in the Pale”, “The Pin in the Bin”, “The Stiffy at the Liffey”, and “The Rod to God”.

“The Hags with Bags”

“The Hags with Bags”

Molly Malone sculpture is called…“The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dolly with the Trolly”, “The Trollop with the Scallop”, “The Dish with the Fish” or “The Flirt in the Skirt”.

Molly Malone sculpture is called…“The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dolly with the Trolly”, “The Trollop with the Scallop”, “The Dish with the Fish” or “The Flirt in the Skirt”.

Anna Livia Plurabelle sculpture is referred to as “The Floozy in the Jacuzzi”

Anna Livia Plurabelle sculpture is referred to as “The Floozy in the Jacuzzi”

The James Joyce statue is nicknamed “The Prick with the Stick”

The James Joyce statue is nicknamed “The Prick with the Stick”

Thomas Moore Sculpture shares space with a public toilet and has long been known as “The Meeting of the Waters”

Thomas Moore Sculpture shares space with a public toilet and has long been known as “The Meeting of the Waters”


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So I'm not asking or even wanting americans to go around nicknaming their public sculptures but I do want them to see this as a solid example of sculpture becoming intertwined with the everyday lives of the people who surround them. Either they love it our hate it or choose to ignore it, but if they acknowledge the sculpture as their own it becomes part of their cities cultural identity which strenghtens the community as a whole.

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