Thursday, April 06, 2006

Master Artist Workshop with Sculptor Roberto Garcia, Jr.

Beginning Sculpture with Roberto Garcia, Jr. runs May 10-June 14, 2006 at Shy Rabbit. This is an 18-hour course with six, three-hour sessions on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. This specialized Master Artist Workshop is limited to ten participants. The cost is $250, plus a $25 material fee.

In this course, participants will work on a disciplined, figurative project using oil-based clay on an armature provided. Focusing on a half-size human head, all participants will learn the basic techniques for modeling in clay. Garcia encourages students to work on extracurricular projects based on sketches or views of their intended creation. The oil-based head is a temporary form and may be kept for a second course in mold making that will be offered in the future.

In an ongoing effort to present master artisans in their field, Shy Rabbit is thrilled to offer this sculpting workshop with local artist and foundry owner; Roberto Garcia, Jr. Garcia owns and operates The Crucible Gallery in Pagosa Springs. Garcia is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and studied at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, N.J. For 30 years Garcia has lived and worked as a freelance artist. He has done everything from monumental commissions to gallery-sized bronze sculpture. For Garcia, “art is a discipline and it takes much practice to be skilled. Every piece is a step or lesson to create the next one.”

Garcia has shown at Shidoni in Tesuque, N.M., Good Hands Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., the Loveland Sculptural Invitational, Loveland, Colo. and most recently in solo retrospective at Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Gallery.

Beginning Sculpture will be followed by a Mold Making workshop and will conclude with a foundry arts workshop where participants can learn how to pour bronze.

For more information and to register, plan to attend a “Meet the Artist” slide show on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Shy Rabbit. More detailed information about the workshop, registration and images of the artists work will be presented at this time.

To register, contact Shy Rabbit at (970) 731-2766, leave your full name, address and phone number. Then mail a nonrefundable check for $275 to secure one of ten participant slots in this workshop to: Shy Rabbit, P.O. Box 5887, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Shy Rabbit is located off North Pagosa Boulevard at 333 Bastille Street, Units B-1 & 4.

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