Instructor: Debra Fritts
VOICES: PERSONAL NARRATIVES IN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE
July 30–August 2, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
SU20C207 • All levels
THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to be placed on the waiting list:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10
Trusting your intuition is the foundation of this workshop. We will start by building a head form using coils. Detail information on facial features and proportions will be demonstrated. Then we will explore ways of developing personal symbols for the piece to have meaning. After construction, the surface of the clay form will be treated with dry clay powders, underglazes and slips. A painterly approach will be demonstrated on the wet clay form as a way to push the surface before the bisque firing.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
DEBRA FITTS is a studio artist working in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Tennessee and continued graduate studies in ceramic sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Debra currently conducts figurative sculpture workshops at her studio, and master classes nationally and internationally.
Debra has national recognition for her work in ceramic sculpture through invitational exhibitions and awards, museum exhibitions and collections, gallery representation, private collections and publications. Her one-of-a-kind sculptures are hand-built and multiple fired with a painterly glazed surface. The work is a continuous story of awareness and the celebration of daily living.
As a child I had dirt under my fingernails. I continue to allow the earth to feed me information for my art and daily living. Working intuitively from pounds of wet clay, forms appear and stories develop. I may be questioning an occurrence or celebrating a relationship or just being present in daily life. The search continues until I reach the core: the spiritual level of the sculpture. Then the work can speak. At the present, I am exploring new territory in the west while embracing my southern heritage. I am touching ground, getting to the basics, and listening.
– Debra Fritts
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TUITION & FEES
Current MAC Members: $432
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