If artwork can get beyond the initial conceived idea, it has the chance to be more interesting and unexpected. This workshop teaches multiple approaches to the creation and surfacing of constructed wooden volumes and linear three-dimensional “sketches” using wood, paper, drawing media and paint as expressive media. Through drawing exercises and direct techniques in wood, students make forms, then elaborate and/or reconstruct these forms. Come ready to draw, discuss, invent, build, paint, rebuild and rework. Work is as weird or imaginative as the student desires.
Students learn woodworking techniques to create linear and volumetric forms, basic joinery and numerous expressive approaches to sculpting with wood and mixed media. There are discussions and strategies presented for introducing color and imagery into work.
Technical demonstrations in woodworking and drawing are presented as well as group and one-on-one instruction and discussion. There is also plenty of time to make, re-make and collaborate.
Travis Townsend has presented his wood and mixed-media sculptures in numerous solo and group exhibitions and been included in the publications New American Paintings, Manifest International Drawing Annual and The Penland Book of Woodworking. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches at Eastern Kentucky University.