Thought it would be fun to post photos of the first day and last day of instructor Alicia Ponzio’s Life-Size Figure Modeling class (FASCU 360). A fantastic body of work from a set of very talented students! Model Andre, who the life-size sculptures are based on, sits at front-center in the second photo.
For yesterday’s Head & Figure Sculpture 2 class, instructor Guy Wilson lead his class through the process of casting a mold off a student’s face. The casting will be used by students to sculpt a scaled-up face in relief, several times the size of the original.
First, a cardboard tray is framed around the face, with a straw to breathe
Quick-set rubber is mixed with water
Onto the face! A good time for the subject to Zen-out.
Academy of Art University School of Fine Art: Sculpture students and faculty will be featured prominently in the upcoming issue of Sculpture Review, which is now on its way to subscribers! If you’d like to purchase a subscription with the National Sculpture Society (highly recommended!), head on over to their subscription page!
Over the last several days, an international array of world-class snow sculptors has descended upon the Northstar California Resort at South Lake Tahoe to compete in the first Carve Tahoe event. Sculptors from the United States, Canada, Germany, Finland, and Japan brought their three-person teams to Northstar Village to sculpt forms from massive 20-ton blocks of snow. Carving started February 8, and by deadline on the morning of the 12th, all the teams had worked through the night to complete their sculptures for a panel of judges to review at 10am.
Heading up the panel was AAU Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble, who was honored to play such an important role in an international event promoting sculpture. “It was an opportunity to enjoy a shared passion of sculpture in a magical setting and bear witness to incredible forms created out of and placed into the environment,” said Noble. “It is a world-class setting with world-class participants.”
After deliberating for nearly two hours, the judges arrived at a consensus — first, second and third place winners were chosen, to be announced at 3pm on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Winners have been announced!!
FASCU MFA student Calvin Ma’s “Sway” figurative sculpture recently owned the front page of The Orange County Register’s Show page. The story reports Calvin’s first place win at Brea Gallery’s “Clay & Glass National Juried Exhibition”, which is on view through March 1. A big congratulations to Calvin!!
“When I heard the words ‘classical figurative sculpture’, I thought this is a place that really interests me,” says AAU Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble, recalling his first reaction to the possibility of heading up the university’s sculpture department at the Cannery in San Francisco. “It just hit me right where I live in terms of what my work symbolized and what a wonderful opportunity it would be to explain the 40 year adventure I’d been on.”
Lawrence Noble, who built a solid reputation as a graphic designer and movie poster illustrator in the 1970s, launched his acclaimed sculptural career in 1980 when a chance viewing of The Empire Strikes Back inspired the artist to try his hand at sculpture. “It was the character Yoda,” says Noble. “After I saw him, I just felt this need to express the inspiration into three dimensions, not my usual two. Some things just exceed our ability to completely understand them.”
Since that brush with the Force three decades ago, Noble has evolved into a master sculptor, counting bronze installations of Civil War General Philip H. Sheridan in Chicago, The California Firefighters’ Memorial, the San Bernardino County Peace Officers’ Memorial, and a new life-size Yoda for Lucasfilm’s Presidio headquarters in San Francisco among his many public commissions since 1990.
I recently sat down with Lawrence at the Cannery campus to discuss his new role as Sculpture Chair at Academy of Art University:
How did you find AAU, or how did AAU find you?
I was recommended to AAU by Eugene Daub, who is one of America’s foremost sculptors. We have a good relationship, respect for each other’s work, and we’ve known each other for decades. So I felt good that he felt good enough about me to recommend me here.
2012 was an exciting year for students enrolled at Academy of Arts University’s School of Sculpture, with a number of classes moving from the 410 Bush campus in the city out to the scenic bayside locale at San Francisco’s historic Cannery building at Fisherman’s Wharf. The Cannery, an earthquake retrofitted 1907 structure that boasts classic architecture and fantastic high-ceiling studio interiors, is the perfect venue to inspire students looking to explore the sculptural arts or refine and enhance their artistic skills. The Cannery is also host to several AAU galleries that are open to the public and well-positioned to showcase our students’ work to the many travelers that frequent this landmark location.
As a way of introducing AAU’s new Cannery facility to both current and potential students who haven’t shuttled out to the wharf yet, we’ve posted a handful of photos above to give you a sense of what you’ll find when you visit us, including some peeks into the galleries and classrooms below. We hope you’ll stop by to visit us for a more thorough look at our facility and the wonderful amenities this new location has to offer (seriously, stay for lunch – there are TONS of great eateries!).
While many AAU Sculpture courses have moved out to the Cannery, some still currently reside at the original 410 Bush location. Here’s a breakdown of the FASCU (Fine Art – Sculpture) classes currently offered at each campus (these are the current Spring 2013 courses and are subject to change):