Portraits In-Progress

Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones

Captured some great in-progress shots in yesterday’s Portrait Sculpture class (FASCU 345), which is headed up by Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble. Even in a portrait’s earliest stages, it’s clear to see how each sculptor approaches their subject differently. For next week’s class, features will be refined and surfaces finished for final review…

Shadoe Delgado

Shadoe Delgado

Gianna Dispenza

Gianna Dispenza

Richard Thoms

Richard Thoms

Miguel del Rey Vergara

Miguel Chavira

Noble’s Yoda and Indy Bronzes Featured in Star Wars Insider

The latest issue (#140) of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Insider magazine includes a 2-page spread showcasing AAU Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble’s iconic Yoda and soon-to-be-unveiled Indiana Jones bronzes. The story announces their imminent installation at a new park being developed in San Anselmo on land donated by George Lucas himself. We’ll stay on this story as things develop!

FASCU Featured in Latest Sculpture Review Magazine

Sculpture ReviewAcademy 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!

Carve Tahoe Snow Sculpture Event

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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!!

FIRST:

Lawrence peers up at "Four Elements" by Team Germany

Lawrence peers up at “Four Elements” by Team Germany

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Academy of Art University Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble

“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.

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