Its been seven weeks of In-Depth and I would say I’m learning at a good pace. My mentor is busy and we’re not meeting as frequently as I would like but over the past two weeks, we facetimed and she taught me some skills via video chat, more specifically pinch pots and how to sculpt a nose since I wanted to learn more on sculpting realistic faces.
Over the weekends or during lunch times, I would like to facetime with Mieko and have her guide me while I have all the materials in one room. Her graduation school applications are due soon and I understand she is occupied with that. During spring break, we will both have more time and we will schedule meetings more often.
On many school days, I would go to the ceramics room at lunch and sculpt. I use the bag of clay I bought from the art teacher and I would work for the 45 mins I have. While I do accomplish and finish some projects, most of them are not good enough for me to decide to keep so I usually squish them and restart. As I keep developing my skills, I’m hoping to be able to keep more of the projects I make. On the weekends, I bring some clay home to work. That way I’m not always confined to the 45 mins I have during lunch and I’ll have more time to sculpt.
On the last In-Depth blog post, I touched on my updated goals but there are some more I want to add in order to keep me on track.
- Learn to sculpt parts of a realistic face (head shape, eyes, mouth, nose) by spring break
- Combine all the face parts to make one realistic human head. Work on during spring break (challenge: sculpt a familiar celebrity or person)
- Learn to sculpt parts of an animal (depends on which animal but paws, tails, snouts)
- Sculpt an animal (species yet to be chosen). Work on during spring break
Spring break is coming up fast and I want to use that time to focus on sculpting. I won’t have access to the school’s kiln so I’m planning on finding a public art location where I can use their kiln to fire my projects. Upon researching clay, I discovered a brand/type of Japanese clay that can be fired in a regular oven. I was really excited when I found this and I also found some YouTube videos that showed them working with it. I plan on getting some to experiment with and if I can successfully sculpt with it, it will definitely make acquiring materials a lot easier.
My mentor also introduced me to some art shows in Vancouver and recommended me to visit some art galleries. I haven’t had the time to go yet but I am looking into the dates and schedule of some upcoming shows that I can go to. Getting some tickets to the Vancouver art gallery wouldn’t be so bad either.