Clay Sculpture Classes with Don Perdue at the Middlebury Studio School

Sculptor Don Perdue will be offering classes this winter at the Middlebury Studio School – please call 802-247-3702, email or click here to learn more and enroll.

Direct Sculpting in Clay – Instructor, Don Perdue

Jump in and create your own hands-on sculpture. Learn and refine the techniques and design principles of sculpting with clay. In these workshops we will be exploring both figurative and non-figurative sculpture in the round as well as the various forms of relief . The objective will be to realize well composed pieces that express each participant’s unique ideas through using direct, hand-building techniques so that the resulting pieces can be either fired or used to make piece molds from during the spring sessions. Tuition includes 12.5 lb. of water clay.

  • Weds afternoons, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Session 1, Jan. 10 – 31 Tuition $120

Modeling In Clay – Instructor, Don Perdue

These studio sessions will focus on the techniques and considerations of modeling full round and relief sculptural ideas in traditional water clay and plasticine clays, as well as designing and constructing armatures for working in clay. During Session One, the focus will be on choosing the right clay body for your project along with the armature techniques & materials you will need to support the clay piece you have in mind, constructing your armature and laying up your piece in clay. Session Two will focus on developing the skills with tools and materials essential to developing each learner’s personal abilities. Through experience, each sculptor develops many personal variations in using materials & techniques to achieve one’s own language of forms and style. Resulting projects should be considered as possible patterns to make waste and/or piece molds from during the spring season when it will be possible to work with plaster.

Tuition includes 12.5 lb. water clay. Plasticine and armature materials will need to be purchased separately.

  • Friday afternoons, 2 – 4:30
  • Session 1, Feb 2 – Mar 2, Tuition $120
  • Session 2, Mar 9 – Mar 30 Tuition $120


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