Beginning Wood Sculpture
A class for those who are complete beginners and those with experience in other art forms.
Despite living a technological age, wood is still one of the most ubiquitous materials that surrounds us. From home construction to furniture and fences, our lives are filled with this renewable resource.
In this class we will explore simple ways of building wood sculptures through assignments and demonstrations. Participants will learn the safe us of tools, effective techniques and the what, why and how of sculpture making today.
Bring whatever tools you may already own, safety glasses ( available in hardware stores), hard topped-shoes and your sense of humor.
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Paul Bowen, who grew up in a seaside town in Wales, lived and worked near the waterfront in Provincetown on Cape Cod for 30 years. He has always been interested in material with a history—wood he has scavenged that was once part of ships, houses, salt works, barrels, cable drums, or crates. He has also worked with ships’ flags, tar, canvas, rope and other marine detritus. His drawings and prints derive their imagery from his environment and he has created his own inks from squid, Xerox toner and walnuts.
His small-scale sculptures, constructed from wood fragments, use limited means such as stacking, piling, and simple carpentry and often appear to float across or torque away from the surface of the wall. He also builds large-scale sculptures, primarily commissioned for private homes and museums, with massive timbers, like those culled from old beer vats and other salvaged sources.
Bowen has been a recipient of fellowships from the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Artist’s Resource Trust. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, and his work is represented by the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA, the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, Big Town Gallery in Rochester, VT and Garvey Rita Art & Antiques in West Hartford, CT. His work is in many private and public collections.