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Colorado Workshops

Grand Junction, Boulder, Loveland

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Grand Junction, CO

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2 Day Intensive Portrait Sculpting Workshop

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Host:
The Western Colorado
Center For The Arts

1803 N. 7th st.
Gran Junction, Co 81501
970-243-7337

March 10th & 11th 2010
9am-4pm
*1hr lunch break
Fee $243 Members/ $283 Non-Members

Description

Dive into Sculpting the Human 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.

Register NOW

Sign up now to secure your spot by contacting Camille Silverman at 970-243-7337 or go to... http://www.gjartcenter.org/workshops.html

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Cafe/Coffee House Q & A with Karen Cope Sculptor!

Location:
Date: Tuesday, March 9th
Time: 7pm

Come out for our Fun and Free Cafe/Coffee House Q & A with Karen Cope Sculptor! We'll gather to talk Sculpture, meet Karen, share a meal/coffee and enjoy each others company. Karen is excited to answer all your burning Sculpture Questions be it Sculpting techniques, Armatures, Casting, Materials, her studies in Florence, Italy etc! Hope to see you there!

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Boulder, CO

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Host:
The Classical Art Academy
Contact: Michelle Phillips 303-522-3048
2810 Wilderness Place, SuiteB
Boulder, CO 80301
ClassicalArtAcademy@gmail.com
http://www.classicalartacademy.com/
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2 Day Intensive Portrait and/or Torso Sculpting Workshop

March 13th &14th
9am-4pm
*1hr lunch break

Description

Learn to Sculpt the Portait and/or Torso with a strong foundation. Learn the Process to get a good start everytime combined with naturalistic techniques to achieve the acuracy you've been striving for. Explore how to compose a Protrait with a partial torso eloquently.

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.

Register NOW

Sign up now to secure your spot by contacting Michelle Phillips at 303-522-3048 or ClassicalArtAcademy@gmail.com go to... http://www.classicalartacademy.com/

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Grand Junction, CO

5 Day Intensive Figure Sculpting Workshop

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Host:
The Western Colorado
Center For The Arts

1803 N. 7th st.
Gran Junction, Co 81501
970-243-7337

June 28th-July 2nd 2010
10am-5pm
*1hr lunch break

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.

Register NOW

Sign up now to secure your spot by contacting Camille Silverman at 970-243-7337 or go to... http://www.gjartcenter.org/workshops.html
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Loveland, CO

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Loveland Sculpture Invitation
August 6th, 7th & 8th

Karen will be at the Loveland Sculpture Invitational in one form or another but the details are not secured yet. More information to come!

If you're interested in hosting a workshop the week/weekend prior or after the invitational, please contact Karen at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com.
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Any Questions? Email Karen at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com

Posted by Karen Cope 12:30 Comments (0)

Sculpting Workshops & Travel Map

Cities, Dates, Locations and Sculpting Info

Find A Sculpting Workshop In A Town Near You!

Portrait Sculpting
Torso Sculpting
1/4 or 1/2 Life-size Figure Sculpting
Quick Sketch Sculpture
Base Relief Sculpture

What workshop would you like to dive into? ~Check out the Workshop Descriptions page and Materials Lists~

*Secured Locations & Dates will be noted below in bold print and Underlined

Travelling 13343 kilometers, visiting 20 destinations.


[09 Mar 2010] ..............................................Los Angeles, USA
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MARCH 10th & 11th 2010 ......................Grand Junction, CO USA
The Western Colorado Center For the Arts....
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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MARCH 13th & 14th 2010.....................Boulder, CO USA
The Classical Art Academy
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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MARCH 20th & 21st 2010.......................Santa Fe, NM USA
The Ryder Studios
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop

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MARCH 30th & 31st 2010........................Oklahoma City, OK USA
Oklahoma City Arts Center
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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APRIL 9th 2010........................Dallas, TX USA
Collin College
Lecture, Techiques, and Critiques

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APRIL 9th & 10th 2010........................Dallas, TX USA
The Bonny Studio
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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April 24th & 25th 2010 ........................Little Rock, Arkansas USA
KETZ Gallery ~Argenta Arts District~
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop April 24th & 25th
Sign-up NOW -The First 5 sign-ups Receive a 10% Discount!
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MAY 1st & 2nd 2010 .......................Atlanta, GA USA
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MAY 7th & 8th 2010 .......................Orlando, FL USA
Leesburg Art Center
2 day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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MAY10th-16th 2010 .......................Panama City Beach, FL USA
The B Studio
Adult and Teen Sculpting Workshops
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[18 May 2010 - 24 May 2010] .......................Washington or Virginia, USA

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[.b]MAY 29th & 30th 2010.........................New York, NY USA
The Compleat Sculptor will be Sponsoring this Workshop!
90 Van Damn St. Ny, NY 10013[/b]

Sign-up NOW -The First 5 sign-ups Receive a 10% Discount!
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JUNE 5th & 6th 2010.........................Chicago, IL USA
The Ravenswood Atelier ~
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop June 12th & 13th
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JUNE 12th & 13th 2010................................ Indianapolis, IN USA
The Indianapolis Art Center
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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JUNE 19th & 20th 2010.......................................St. Louis, MO USA
Krueger Pottery Supply
2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop
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JUNE 22nd & 23rd 2010.............................................Kansas City, KS USA
The Red Door Studios
2 Day Figure / Torso Sculpting Workshop

[21 Jun 2010 - 28 Jun 2010].......................... Rapid City, USA

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[06 Jul 2010 - 12 Jul 2010] ............................Coeur d'Alene, USA

[12 Jul 2010 - 19 Jul 2010] ............................Seattle, USA

[19 Jul 2010 - 26 Jul 2010] ............................Vancouver, USA

[26 Jul 2010 - 29 Jul 2010] ............................Orick, USA

[29 Jul 2010 - 04 Aug 2010] ..........................San Francisco, USA
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[u]AUGUST 6th, 7th & 8th 2010.........................Loveland Colorado[/u]
Loveland Sculpture Invitational 2010
Demonstrating Sculpting Techiques in the Educational booth
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AUGUST 28th - July 2nd ...........................Grand Junction, USA
The Western Colorado Center For the Arts....
~ 5 Day Figure Sculpting Workshop ~

AUGUST 13th 2010 ...............................................Los Angeles, USA
. HOME SWEET HOME!!!

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AUGUST 23rd-27th 2010 ...............................................Los Angeles, CA USA
Cope Studios
5 Day Intensive Reclining Figure Pose Workshop

If you dont see your city on the Map and want to organize a workshop email Karen NOW...There still may be time to put your city on the Map! figurativesculptor@hotmail.com or call 818.913.7187

Posted by Karen Cope 18:08 Archived in USA Comments (0)

~ Materials List ~

~ Materials List ~

Note: These materials will be used in all Workshops
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Clay 1-2 25lbs Bags of Terracotta Clay (fires in a kiln; Do not buy W.E.D. Clay it wont fire). Or NSP sulfur free Oil-based Clay (this is your choice, be sure to bring at least 3 blocks of NSP a tin bucket, Foil and a heat lamp to soften NSP.

Armature with baseboard: Portrait, Figure, Torso or Reclining (see picture examples)

Thin Plastic Bags or Saran wrap to preserve sculpture once finished

Spray Bottle for water based clay

Hardwood Modeling tools- bring what you have and I may have some for you to borrow.

Exacto knife or sharp thin metal drawing tool. (needle tools are not suggested)

Plumb line (optional)

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Please come with your materials and Armature pre-built and ready for class. If you have any questions feel free to email Karen prior to your workshop. figurativesculptor@hotmail.com

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Armatures-
Armatures are used to hold and secure clay in place and aids in proportions. They are optional but keep in mind, sculpting without an armature requires experience and presents difficulties while sculpting. I strongly suggest you work from an Armature.
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• Portrait Armature
Portrait Armature

Portrait Armature

• Reclining Armature
Norse Wave-Maiden

Norse Wave-Maiden

• Quick Sketch (small) Armature

• Torso Armature A-frame, H-frame, Pipe armature or Sculpt

directly from the base.(runners are a must here)

• Figure Armature
-¼ Life-size Figure Armature
-½ life-size Figure Armature
1/2 Life-size Figure Armature

1/2 Life-size Figure Armature

This is a 1/2 life-size armature but 1/4 life-size is very doable
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This is an NSP Oil Based Clay Kit. Oil based clay is excellent because its easy to take care of and will not dry out. It cannot be fired in a kiln but you can take a mold of it for a finished piece. NSP comes in Hard, Medium and Soft. Cut Clay in small pieces and put in a tin bucket with a heat lamp to soften clay. Do not over heat clay or it will turn to soup and will be very very hot. You want to just warm the clay for easy working.

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This is Water Based Clay and the tools I use daily. I prefer to work in water based clay for my Half Life-Size figures and for Portraits. I really like the Terracotta Em 215 and the Grey 210. Water Based Clay has a life span so it needs to be sprayed with water and wrapped well in plastic bags to keep it from drying out. You can also hollow out your pieces and fire this clay in a kiln.

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These are the tools I use on a daily basis. I really like the Tiranti Hardwood modeling tools (B10, B7, B5), a thin metal drawing tool, plyers, a plumbline, Calipers, a wire tool, a putty knife,a small hand mirror, and a wood block.

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This is a Half Life-Size Armature with a laminate baseboard with 1/2inch runners under it. I get the Black "L" bar made and it holds up the Aluminum Armature Wire. You can make your "L" bar from pipes from any hardware store with a flange, an elbow, a "T",and two pipes.

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I wrap the Alum. Armature Wire with 20 gage wire so the clay can grip the armature better.

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This Portrait Armature is created so the post that holds the head enters the head at the same angle as the neck angle. Note: this is the orginal terracotta clay that I let dry out after I took the mold. See how the clay will crack if not wrapped and sprayed with water daily.

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This is an armature guide. I will be bring this with me on the trip. This guide helps you bend your armature acurately.

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Here you see several small Quick Sketch Armatures. I make several basic armatures to have ready when I do small compositions and sketches in clay. I use 20 gage wire and Double it up by twisting it with a hand drill. See pic below.

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Twisting Armature wire with a hand tool to double it up for strength.

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Securing Runners(small pices of wood) under the based board of any armature is recommended because it raises your piece off the sculpture stand enough so you dont crush your fingers when moving your piece.

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Sculpture Stands usually are adjustable to raise or lower and are on wheels to circle the model. You see the Black metal stand I designed and had made and the wood version next to it.

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This is a Desisti 1k Cam/ light for better lighting on the model and your work. Also using the spotlight on the model creates harsh shadows allowing you to read "the speed in which form travels".

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A model stand is needed to lift the model off the ground so we can see them at eye level and will help in point of reference. The stand is usually 12 inches off the ground and approx. 4'x 4'.
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This is another option for those who chooses not to work with an armature. This method is good when you want to hollow out your piece to prepare it to be fired in a kiln.
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Posted by Karen Cope 17:31 Comments (0)

About Karen Cope -Sculptor

Artist Biography

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Karen Cope is a Figurative Sculptor, classically trained at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy. There, she spent three years acquiring many methods and techniques reminiscent of the old masters. Cope has taught figurative sculpture at Cope Studios, The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Disney’s Circle Seven Studios, and The Florence Academy of art. Cope Studios is Karen Cope’s private studio where she develops her work, teaches a variety of sculpture and drawing classes, workshops, private lessons, and rents out private studio space to talented artists.

Karen uses the “Drawing in Space” method of Sculpting. The objective of this method is to continually add purposeful notes of clay while studying closely from nature (the model) until full volume is reached. Great attention is paid to silhouettes and articulating high and low points while mapping out subtle transitions throughout the figure. Subtracting clay and raking the surface are not encouraged due to it generalizing the figure. This allows the rhythms to flow naturally inside and out, and the integrity of the piece is not compromised.

As a figurative sculptor, Karen identifies with a naturalistic style of sculpting by studying nature diligently. Her objective is to seek out the qualities from nature that specifically set us apart and intertwine them with the essence of that person in a style she refers to as naturalistic impressionism. Collectors often comment on the emotion and sense of self that emanates from each piece as well as being lulled by the intense rhythms throughout. Karen’s Sculptures are cast in bronze and are currently in public and private collection in Italy, Ireland and the US.

www.copestudios.com

Posted by Karen Cope 19:30 Comments (0)

Sculpt Across America

The Journey

“Sculpt Across America” is Karen Cope’s Journey to awaken the love of Sculpture and Joy of Sculpting in Americans hearts and lives. Figurative Art is sweeping the nation and Karen sets out on The Ultimate Sculpting Road Trip through the heartland of America teaching sculpting workshops, demonstrating techniques, lecturing and emphasizing how art and sculpture plays a major role in all our lives. Karen looks forward to connecting with all kinds of Sculptors and their Art Communities. Follow along as Karen blogs about all the fun things she finds along her way on this great Sculpting Adventure! Go to the Table of Contents to view all of Karens Blogs or go to The Main Page to see her latest Blog~

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Why do This?
These are some hard economic times here in America and its time to Reconnect with our Creative side and nurture our Imaginations to forward this great nation. Clay is an amazing medium that takes people away from their worries and draws them into a world of creativity. Just a little glob of clay has the ability to bring such joy. It’s all worth it when someone who hasn’t touched clay since the 2nd grade, smiles and the inner child of a 70 year old comes alive! ~ Now that’s the magic of Clay ~

Where and How?
Sculpting Workshops can be held in Art Centers, Academies, Galleries, Artists Studios, Barns, and even in Parks if weather permits(sculpting outdoors is such a joy). If you'd like Karen to teach a workshop in your town, go to the Travel Map and check the dates she will be in or near your town. Then send Karen an email that includes your name (the organizer) the preferred location and dates and times and what you'd like her to teach (Portrait Sculpture, Figure, Quicksketch, Torso or Relief etc...). Karen will lock in your dates on the map and on the Facebook Notes page and will confirm the workshop once 8 students have signed up and prepaid.

Workshop Requirements
Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 prepaid students(by paypal minimum 1month prior to the workshop)and maximum of around 15 students(depending on sculpture stands available). Workshops are usually 2day, 3day or 5day events from 10am-4pm with a 1 hour lunch break. Those who host a workshop will be compensated a percentage of the Profits usually 20%-30% after model costs are deducted(all other expenses needs to be approved prior in writing; ie advertizing etc...) . Due to the intensity of organizing this many workshops, there will be no refunds for workshop deposits or workshop fees if you cannot attend or cancel. If a workshop is cancelled then your fee will be refunded. Karen will accept as many sculpting opportunities as possible in towns along her journey from LA to DC and back again and looks forward to connecting to Sculptors and art enthusiasts across the nation.

NOTE: Karen is also pursing Corporate Sponsorships, if you're interested or know someone who may be interested in sponsoring Karen in "Sculpt Across America" email her at figurativesculptor@hotmail.com for more information. Thank You~

www.CopeStudios.com Figurative Sculpture & Academic Drawing
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