This summer, the Beginning Sculpture class, taught by Instructor John Taylor, was busy carving and modeling, but they also had time to take some pretty amazing field trips to: Pietrasanta (an international center for sculpture) and around Florence to important stops typically including the Bargello (the national museum of quattrocento sculpture in Florence), Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo’s bas reliefs), Medici Chapel (Michelangelo’s sculptures), La Specola (the wax anatomical museum), Accademia (the David and the unfinished prisoners).
The aim of this class is to develop a sculpture making process, from the aesthetic idea to the finished state, in the context of the Italian art available in Florence, both historical and contemporary. Each student is encouraged to find his/her own preferences and develop his/her own sensibilities; even with the difficulties of technical work in a beginning sculpture course, expressing these aspects in their projects is high priority. We explore the two fundamental methods in sculpture: The additive method of modeling versus the subtractive method of carving. Through the creation of a bas relief modeled in clay that is molded and cast in plaster, and a carved sculpture in a cement block or piece of stone, we explore the negative/positive aspects of materials.
Check out some of the places they visited in during the 4-week summer term: