Creating Expressive Figures

Oct 1-6, 2023

Schedule: Welcome Dinner 6pm Sun; Class Time 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Instructor: Kate Church

Registration Deadline: Sept 18

Description

This five-day workshop will be a series of sessions working with polymer clay, cloth and mixed media materials to develop an expressive figure. Polymer clay practice will focus on facial expressions, and developing and creating hands and feet. Some may choose to work on several figures but this is an individual choice. Various ideas for finishing will be demonstrated. This opens the possibilities as you discover a character and choose how to interpret your figure. Basic work can then be completed using a choice of costuming, needle felting, collage, painting, found object assemblage or … all of the above.

Materials fee includes polymer clay, colorants, wire, basic cloth forms pre-made by the instructor, silicone mold, various other materials.

Class size 9

Level Beginner and above

Student Supply List
A detailed supply list will be sent approximately four weeks before the class. Students can bring their own choices for working on their figures.

  • Tuition $750
  • Materials Fee $30

Instructor

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Kate Church

Kate Church has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1978), participated in winter study at Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende Mexico (1996-2011), is a NIADA artist (niada.org), and affiliated with Craft Nova Scotia (craftnovascotia.ca). The intention of my figurative work is to carry a silent imprint or sense of emotion through the posture and expression of the figure evolving in front of me.…Read More

Kate Church has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1978), participated in winter study at Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende Mexico (1996-2011), is a NIADA
artist (niada.org), and affiliated with Craft Nova Scotia (craftnovascotia.ca).

The intention of my figurative work is to carry a silent imprint or sense of emotion through the posture and expression of the figure evolving in front of me. Built using a process that is movable throughout its construction, a tangible sense of emerging comes naturally to the finished sculpture. In fact, most of the figures can be altered and adjusted: Movement is part of their design.

Polymer clay, fabric, and found objects are the main materials I use in my work. My aim in teaching is to show and guide students in working with polymer clay and simple body form using cloth and wire.

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Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging one year from the date of cancellation.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refundĀ or transferable gift certificate.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

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