Found objects are loaded with history and, when used and applied properly, can be fascinating artistic material. In this workshop, students work with a variety of found objects to create a sculpture. By understanding what is inspirational about a found object, participants design a work of art and utilize the sculpture studio to create a new, even more interesting history and context for these chosen found objects.
Students create something meaningful using everything at their disposal in the state-of-the-art sculpture studio at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. This includes learning metal fabrication techniques such as welding, cutting, bending, grinding and finishing, in addition to exploring cold connections. The workshop will also review shop safety and offer design instruction and feedback.
There are technical demonstrations and time for students to practice what they’ve learned. Group discussions as well as one-on-one conversations play an integral role in ensuring progress is made.
Andrew Hayes, a former Penland School of Crafts Resident, creates sculpture exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at Seager Gray Gallery, Hunterdon Art Museum, and The Metals Museum. His work is included in a number of collections, including Yale Art Museum, Black Mountain College, Wingate University and The Metals Museum.