Sculpting for advanced students I with topic "Signs of life"

In each advanced sculpting course the focus is on the examination of a particular artistic theme. This course is about "Signs of life". It is hoped that, as time goes on, you will develop a style of your own. The study of a given theme opens up new dimensions for us and helps us to find new starting-points.

Image: Michelangelo Buonarotti. "The Bound Slave" (detail)

Topic: "Signs of Life"

The countless stone sculptures which tell of past cultures and the living conditions of people before our time are awe-inspiring. In wonderful, wondrous stone carvings, for example, are shown the hustle and bustle on the Nile 4000 years ago and something of the attitude to life at that time. - Or Donatello, Michelangelo, and many others; who doesn't know their stone works? - Much has changed, but knowledge of the past accompanies and shapes us every day.

We are here now. - What drives us, what drives me? How do I experience my life? What would a stone say about me? More to the point: what very personal sign can the stone I have formed give to future generations of my existence?

I would like you to give this topic some thought before the course begins.

To start with, we look for the material in Peccia: ready sawn marble prisms or amorphous pieces of rock. It is up to each individual to decide how to put ideas into practice: with pencil sketches, clay models or working directly on the stone. We take our time, reflect, use our hands to shape our models. We scratch, chisel or grind our marks on the stone. At the same time, we enjoy the peaceful Ticino mountain village and the mutual support, while happily doing our work.

I look forward to it.

Roland Hotz, Stone sculptor

Essential requirement for the course: Good basic stone sculpting skills.

We will work with Cristallina marble, but please feel free to choose another material if you wish.

Course languages: German

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