This workshop offers an alternative to the notion that art begins with a concept. Students explore how materials and marks made by tools can stimulate the intellect and lead to viable creative ideas. Practitioners of Zen are encouraged to understand that contemplation can consist of “cutting firewood and carrying water”. Open-minded experimentation with tools and materials reveals many new and exciting concepts to take home for future exploration and development.
Media & Techniques:
Students investigate a variety of hand and power tools and a broad range of media in a series of sequential exercises. The aim is to learn new skills, hone existing abilities and consider the myriad ways that materials can play critical roles in visual expression.
There are illustrated talks, technical demonstrations, hands-on practice and individual meetings to assess the previous day’s work and plan the most productive current activity. Although the emphasis is on independent work, periodic reviews are scheduled as needed to address issues related to the entire group.
Carl Reed is a sculptor and professor emeritus at Colorado College. His sculpture ranges from gallery-scaled pieces to large, site-specific public projects. He is particularly interested in the expressive capacity of materials, and often combines stone, wood, metal and concrete. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Sweden.Register