Explore the potential of woodcarving by transforming original ideas into an abstract sculptural object. Students use a variety of power-carving tools, techniques and methods to transform visual and conceptual ideas into wood sculpture. Design, planning and execution of power carving in solid wood by investigating line and form is presented. A variety of hardwood species are introduced; students then understand how to render blocks of wood into sculptural objects while gaining hands-on knowledge of the type of wood best suited for individual projects.
Media & Techniques:
The workshop is focused on the use of digWorking with kiln-dried lumber, rotary and reciprocating power-carving tools are emphasized under the guidance of the instructor. Adding details and texture to sculptural objects are introduced by hand carving chisels and gouges. Students experience the properties and workability of a variety of native hardwoods for wood sculpture.
Students receive hands-on use of machine and power tools with an emphasis on individual projects. Technical demonstrations, presentations, group discussions and individual instruction occur.
Betty Scarpino is an internationally-recognized wood sculptor, woodturner and woodcut printmaker whose work is represented in numerous museum collections. In 2015, Betty received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art and twice received the Creative Renewal Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council.