“Soul Connection” Installed at SF Zoo

A couple weeks ago, FASCU MFA Van Nguyen unveiled her monument sculpture, “Soul Connection”, within the entry plaza at San Francisco Zoo. Check out the video above to see the piece come together along with comments from the artist, Maquette to Monument class instructor Peter Schifrin, and SF Zoo representative Joe Fitting.

UPDATE! Here’s a short video of the dedication for “Soul Connection” at the SF Zoo, which is now on extended display for a few more months!

Ceramics Students Try Ancient Raku Glazing Technique

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We received a set of photos from FASCU instructor Anne Stryke of a ceramics raku session she recently joined headed up by Associate Director Margaret Keelan. In addition to the photos, which were taken out at the AAU foundry at 360 Swift, Anne provided some history of raku and the process:

“Raku is an old process that goes back to Japan about 500 years ago. Students in class build a ceramic form then fire it in the kiln at school before going to the foundry to raku. Students then paint the fired forms with special raku glazes. We take a bus to the bronze foundry because it is also a safe place to raku.” Continue reading

Student Profile: Richard Black

Today we’re launching a new series of profiles that explore the influences, hopes and works of the many talented students who have joined the Fine Art Sculpture team at Academy of Art University.

Richard Black is currently working on his BFA in Fine Art Sculpture and took home the Best Figurative Sculpture Award at Spring Show 2013:

When did you first discover your interest in sculpture? Continue reading

New Work by FASCU Instructor Thomas Marsh

New AAU Fine Art Sculpture online instructor Thomas Marsh recently shared one of his latest pieces with us, a 5-foot tall sculpture of St. Joseph, Protector of Preachers, which will soon be cast in bronze. From the artist:

“This sculpture represents St. Joseph of the Holy Family, and will be located in the courtyard of a priory (residence building) of a group of Dominican priests in Charlottesville, VA. The dog with the torch is a traditional symbol of the Dominican religious order. Joseph’s tools, tunic, and sandals are authentic representations of those items from that time period in the Middle East.” Continue reading

Spring Show 2013 Interviews: Gwen Pier and Robin Salmon

We’re a little late getting to these interviews as Spring Show 2013 is now a couple months behind us, but these are definitely worth a watch. National Sculpture Society Executive Director Gwen Pier (above) and Brookgreen Gardens‘ Curator Robin Salmon (below) evaluate the latest offerings from FASCU and suggest potential opportunities for sculptors of all stripes.

Sculpting Surf Gods to Save Beaches

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Outside Lands, the annual music, arts and food festival that overtakes San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for a weekend every August, hosted one attraction this year that gave Academy of Art University Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble an opportunity to combine the reckless twenty-something surfer of his youth with the deliberate and delicate sculptor of maturity. The result? A sculpted Egyptian relief with surfing gods, of course!

For two days at the event and for several days after, Noble crafted a striking glyph-laiden tablet depicting an Egyptian goddess with surfboard for Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches. The sculpture also served to raise awareness for the upcoming Carve San Francisco sand sculpting event, where Noble will be acting as judge.

“Lawrence Noble is not only one of the most versatile artists of our time, but he is also a surfer and someone who celebrates the beauty and majesty of the ocean,” said Kathryn Keown, Founder and Executive Director of Carve. “We are privileged to have Lawrence offer his artistry and guidance at the Carve events.”

Lawrence Noble sculpts the Egyptian surf gods piece at Outside Lands

Lawrence Noble sculpts the Egyptian surf gods piece at Outside Lands

The sculpture, which gives a nod to both surfing and sand, will be showcased at the Carve San Francisco event at Crissy Field on October 16-20, where it’s likely to be sold to benefit Surfrider Foundation.

While Noble’s surfing days are far behind him, he found the experience of sculpting the Surfrider piece highly rewarding.

“The joy of sculpting can always be tempered by the joy of discovery, even if it is a rediscovery of a past experience,” says Noble. “The iconic nature of the ancients has appealed to me for a long time, and this event afforded the opportunity to combine passions in some new visual territory.”

While the relief image of surf goddesses is clearly a vision of fantasy, the hieroglyphics, when translated, are not.

“Carve Your Destiny!” it reads, according to Noble. “And I mean it!”

Learn more about Surfrider Foundation at surfrider.org and Carve San Francisco – in which FASCU students Jihoon Choi and Seok don Choi are participants – at facebook.com/CarveSanFrancisco.