6/5/24 WEDNESDAY Figurative Sculpture in Clay Ceramics Class with Katharine Schmidt 8-weeks 6/5/24 to 7/24/24



SUMMER Hand Built Figurative Sculpture in Clay Ceramic Classes with Katharine Schmidt from WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024, through WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2024.  Class times are Wednesday Nights from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Instructor: Katharine Schmidt, retired Professor of Fine Arts Bethel University and Ivy Tech Community College.

Elkhart Art League Studio, 131 Tyler Street #B, Elkhart IN 46516.
Located in the West End of the Depot Building south of the Post Office.

Cost: $153 members/ $186 non-members
Includes 25 pounds of clay, all glazes, firing, and open studio time on Thursday nights.

Students supply their own basic pottery tools. Some studio tools are available for use until tools can be purchased. The EAL sells a basic beginning tool kit for $10.  Tools will be discussed during the first class. Teachers do not attend Open Studio nights.

Sculpture Class description from the instructor:

In this class you will learn how to design and build natural-looking human and animal forms using slab construction and other hand building techniques. We will learn how to transfer correct proportions from photo references to your sculpture and incorporate all your creative flights of fancy into your piece as well. Our main focus will be methods for constructing a standing four-legged creature, real or imaginative. The instructor will demonstrate making a centaur—a mythical being with a horse’s body and a human torso for the head. If you want to make a different animal, please bring your own photo references. Some experience with hand building is helpful but not required. Email us at mail@ealonline.org with questions.

Katherine’s Bio:
Katharine Schmidt is a retired professor of Fine Arts at Bethel University and Ivy Tech Community College who loves to teach students the basic skills they need to create their own realistic works of art.

“Katharine works in ceramic sculpture and mixed media using the human form, sometimes realistic, sometimes not, to explore the vague anxieties, confusion, and spiritual hunger that comes from living through rapidly changing times.”  “Katharine has an M.F.A. in Painting and Art History from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She then moved to Seattle and studied at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art (now the Gage Academy) where she later became an instructor. After returning to Indiana, Katharine had a portrait business before teaching at Ivy Tech and then Bethel University where she recently retired. She has exhibited work regionally and nationally”



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