Sculpting Classes

Enjoy one of the many classes offered at Brookgreen Gardens including Sculpting.. Brookgreen Gardens has a select few resident sculptors that come and teach their special skills. There are also several other classes each year. See a behind the scenes look at what you might encounter and enjoy the beautiful artist studio.

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I’m Robin Salmon, vice president of Art & Historical Collections and Curator Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens and we’re here today to talk about our sculpture workshop program. We have two sculptors in residence per year, and these are nationally known artists who have award-winning works. Many times, they are represented in the Brookgreen collection. Our collection is considered world-class. We have close to 500 large outdoor works on the grounds as well as almost that many if not more indoors in changing exhibitions as well as in our wonderful physical storage facility. The Brookgreen collection is considered, along with Brookgreen Gardens, a national historic landmark, due to the significance of the artwork and the importance of Anna Hyatt Huntington, the founder of Brookgreen, as a sculptor and art patron. We have had workshops here at Brookgreen since 1999. And this year, we are proud to offer 14 workshops ranging from figure modeling to animal sculpture and portraiture—all of the things people want to know about, how sculpture is made, the process, and special tips of the trade. Paul Rhymer: “So what we did today here was just a sort of demonstration of what is known as a lost wax casting technique. And so what we’ve done here is we’ve had a small wax sculpture, and then we made a ceramic mold which covered that ceramic sculpture. Once that ceramic dried, we melted out the wax. The wax comes out as melted, and the mold is hollow again. And then we’re melting bronze, we pour the bronze in, and when the bronze cools down, we knock the ceramic off, which is not usable again. So, essentially, this is a mini version of what a very many of the sculptures you see here at Brookgreen were done. Some of the older ones were done in slightly different ways, but the essential technique of the lost wax is the essential sort of idea of how this all works.” Robin Salmon: Our workshops are unique because we have the marvelous teaching tool of the Brookgreen collection right outside the door. No other place in the United States can offer that special opportunity to students. We take everybody, from all skill levels, beginner to advanced. And our instructors are especially wonderful in dealing with beginners. So, don’t be afraid of taking a workshop if this is something you’ve always wanted to do, now is the time to try it. To learn more about our workshops and the topics we offer, go to our website at brookgreen.org to get all of the information you need.

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