Date: July 13 - 17, 2012 (5 Days)
Instructor: Lillian Alberti
Level: Intermediate and Beyond
Class Description: This paper clay based workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced level student whose skills include some sculpting and simple sewing. Students are asked to prepare a sketch of their intended project. The workshop will be sub-divided into three stages, armature, facial details and costuming, each of which builds on the previous stage. Each of these stages is vitalto produce a successful piece. Armature: Constructing a well proportioned armature is key to giving your intended project a good start. In the first two days, we will focus on methods for doing just that. We will begin by fashioning the head and creating a simple face. Then, working with heavy gauge wire, polyester batting and muslin, we will construct the armature, taking cues from the human body. Facial Techniques: Day three focuses on techniques for developing facial expressions. A simple face will be our goal but, for those feeling more ambitious, we can develop expressions such as anger, sadness, joy, etc. After adequate drying time, we will practice techniques for mixing paints for skin tones and eye color, contouring shadows, and adding highlights in order to achieve a more “natural” look. We will not attempt to capture realism; but rather, work towards individual expression and enjoy doing so! Costuming: On days four and five, everyone will concentrate on completing their project. Students will learn how to dress and embellish their creations. You will receive guidance in sewing your chosen fabrics directly onto your dolls or, if needed, making quick, simple patterns. This is a wonderful opportunity for all to showcase sewing skills and demonstrate their imaginative costuming.
Instructor Bio: After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Lillian worked extensively in the fashion industry as both a designer and illustrator. She left after sixteen years to stay at home with her children. While at home, she dove head first into the art of ART Doll making letting her imagination take over creating large whimsical figures. Using the tricks of the fashion trade, she designs and hand-makes all of her doll’s costumes and most of their accessories. Over the last few years she has seen her Art Dolls evolve quite dramatically. The array of new paper clays available to the contemporary doll maker has inspired her to push her imagination even further. In the past she had focused on coarsely-textured facial surfaces and larger heads. Her pieces now, while no less exaggerated in detail, are smaller, have smoother surfaces, delicate hands and enormous feet. Throwing caution to the wind, she now favors richer, textured fabrics and layers sumptuous patterns with reckless abandon; the result is elegant opulence. The excitement in discovering a new medium, the thrill in creating and the joy of teaching doll-making workshops across the country has made her doll making journey more fulfilling than ever!
Instructor Website: www.a-lil-whimsy.com
(tuition includes lunch during workshop)
Studio/Materials Fee: $35
A $30 Registration Fee will be added to your course total. This is a one-time annual
fee for non-members. If you are a current member, this fee will be removed before
credit card processing.